SINGAPORE: Opposition politician John Tan remains disqualified from standing for election as a Member of Parliament (MP) after the High Court on Wednesday (Nov 6) dismissed his application for a declaration allowing him to do so. John Tan Liang Joo, who was re-elected into the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)'s Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Oct 31 , had sought a declaration from the court that would allow him to contest the next General Election (GE). He was fined S$5,000 in April this year after he was found guilty of contempt of court. The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) had initiated the contempt case against him following a Facebook post supporting activist Jolovan Wham, who was also fined for contempt of court. According to Singapore's Constitution, a person is disqualified from standing as an MP if they have been convicted of an offence by a court of law in Singapore or Malaysia and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than a year or to a fine of not less than S$2,000 and have not been given a free pardon. In October, Tan had applied to the High Court asking for a declaration that he was not disqualified, claiming that the term "offence" as… Read full this story
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