George Yeo may contest Presidential Election

SINGAPORE will know in two weeks' time whether George Yeo is running for president.

The former Foreign Minister posted a note on his Facebook page yesterday which said: "In case the presidential election writ is issued while I'm away, some young friends will collect the eligibility forms for me. It is a big decision which I hope to make two weeks from now after taking in views n advice from many people. I ask for your patience n understanding."

Mr Yeo is currently away in Taiwan.

The Straits Times reported that this afternoon, around 1pm, representatives were seen at the Elections Department collecting forms for a certificate of eligibility for Mr Yeo to contest the Presidential Elections.

He had posted on his Facebook page on June 1, saying: “Many Singaporeans from different walks of life, young and old, have asked me to reconsider my decision on the Presidency, some impassionately. Thinking hard about it and praying for wisdom.”

The post has garnered more than 2000 "likes" and hundreds of comments. Many of the comments voiced encouragement and support.

Mr Yeo had told the media on May 10 that he would not run for President as he did not think his temperament was suitable for the job.

He was part of the People's Action Party (PAP) team which contested Aljunied GRC in the recent May 7 General Election.

The PAP team lost to The Workers’ Party team, which won the constituency with 54.71 per cent of the votes.