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Mr. Feedback

“Whoever steps into the job would probably find Dr Tan —fondly and simply known as “Doc” to many — a hard act to follow. In his four years as the Unit’s first and only chief so far, the MP for Ayer Rajah has so established his credibility that he has come to stand for Feedback with a capital F and to personify the Unit in the eyes of the public”

The Straits Times
4 February 1989

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Champion for the Underdogs

“He is indeed a very busy man, but he remains approachable. One of the most remarkable characteristics of his personality is his dauntless spirit of fighting for the underdogs.

His involvement with the disabled came at a time when accessibility to public places for the disabled was an issue of public attention.

While most people in public service would only pay lip-service in support of a barrier-free society, Dr Tan was prepared to put his money where his mouth is. He is an ardent believer that deeds speak louder than words.”

The Handicaps’ Digest

Tan Cheng Bock: No need for grand posturing

By Alicia Wong Yahoo! News 25 July 2011

As a Member of Parliament, he made headlines for his strong assertions against several government policies.

But if he becomes President, Dr Tan Cheng Bock will be less obtrusive as he employs a strategy he terms "quiet diplomacy".

Explained the 71-year-old Presidential hopeful, […]

Don’t cry for me, Ayer Rajah

ALONG a quiet row of houses on Holland Grove Drive, a beat-up lorry rumbles to a halt outside a single-storey bungalow. On some days, it is a van that pulls up. On others, it could be a pickup or even a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

Whether it is a mechanic, hawker or businessman at the […]

Dr Tan Cheng Bock – Mr Feedback for Singaporeans Transcript

In the 1984 General Elections, there was a swing against the PAP by a 12.5%, and this really set the party thinking as how they are going to win back the ground in the next few General Elections. And I remembered I made a speech in the House in 1985, responding to […]

CPF for Tertiary Education Video Interview Transcript

One day while I was walking along Orchard Road, a young man came to me and thank me. I was wondering why he thanked me. He said that it was because I fought very hard for the use of CPF for education, that he was able to use his father’s CPF to pursue higher […]

Lunch with Food blogger -Dr Leslie Tay at Bukit Timah Hawker Centre

The following article was published by Dr Leslie Tay from IeatIshootIpost on his blog following Dr Tan’s lunch with him at the Bukit Timah Hawker Centre

You are probably wondering why I am writing about having lunch with Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Well the answer is very simple. Firstly, his […]

Interview with Dr Tan Cheng Bock 93.8 Live

Listen to the interview with Dr Tan Cheng Bock by 93.8 Live (27 May 2011)

SINGAPORE: Former Member of Parliament Dr Tan Cheng Bock has indicated that he may be a candidate in the coming Presidential Election.

This comes after the 71-year-old quit the ruling People’s Action Party earlier this month.

Speaking […]

Dr Tan Cheng Bock the doctor who became a politician

Doctors In Politics A Hugely Likeable Voice of Conscience in the House (Straits Times, 13 March 1999) C B Tan

Medicine is my first love. Politics is a calling. I enjoyed practicing medicine in a village called Ama Keng. My patients were humble farmers who sometimes paid my charges with their poultry and […]

Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s Stand on Foreign Talent

Question: Your name crops up each time the Foreign Talent issue is raised. Why is that?


During the recession, my call to think Singaporeans first during the debate on Foreign Talent was rebutted very strongly by Ministers including then-SM Lee Kuan Yew. I was even accused of being anti-national for my stand.