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Tan Cheng Bock meets Lee Hsien Yang for the second time, amid talk of a growing alliance

SINGAPORE — For the second time in three months, former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock met Mr Lee Hsien Yang for breakfast on Saturday (Feb 2), amid speculation of a burgeoning alliance.

Tan Cheng Bock meets Lee Hsien Yang for the second time, amid talk of a growing alliance

The meeting, which took place at Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre, comes a few weeks after Dr Tan Cheng Bock announced his intention to make a political comeback, with Mr Lee Hsien Yang publicly throwing support behind him.

SINGAPORE — For the second time in three months, former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock met Mr Lee Hsien Yang for breakfast on Saturday (Feb 2), amid speculation of a burgeoning alliance.

The meeting, which took place at Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre at Block 409, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, came a few weeks after Dr Tan announced his intention to make a political comeback, with Mr Lee publicly throwing support behind him.

TODAY was at the food centre when both men arrived at 9.14am.

When approached by TODAY, Dr Tan declined to be interviewed.

Mr Lee would only say: “Breakfast was good.”

TODAY understands that before sitting down to breakfast, both men went on a short walkabout at Teck Ghee, the ward helmed by Mr Lee's elder brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Teck Ghee comes under the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

Aside from Dr Tan and Mr Lee, four other men were with them. They are Dr Tan's trusted aides. Some members of the public went to their table to greet them and take photos.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Tan Cheng Bock greeting residents at an Ang Mo Kio hawker centre after having breakfast. Photo: Nuria Ling/TODAY

On Jan 18, the 78-year-old Dr Tan, a former People's Action Party Member of Parliament (MP), announced his intention to return to politics through a Facebook post.

Dr Tan revealed that he and 11 others — some of whom were former PAP cadres — applied on Jan 16 to start a new political party called the Progress Singapore Party.

It comes amid talk that the next General Election, which is due by early 2021, could be held later this year.

A few days after that announcement, Mr Lee backed Dr Tan's bid to contest in the upcoming election, saying in his Facebook post on Jan 24 that the latter is the "leader Singapore deserves".

Both men were last seen together on Nov 4 last year, when they had breakfast at a hawker centre in West Coast.

Prior to contesting the Presidential Election in 2011, which saw him losing narrowly to Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, Dr Tan served as a PAP MP for 26 years until 2006.

Dr Tan, who retired as a doctor at the end of last year after practising for 50 years, was previously MP of Ayer Rajah Single-Member Constituency between 1980 and 2006. The constituency was absorbed into the West Coast GRC thereafter.

Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Hin Kee greeting Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Tan Cheng Bock at a hawker centre at Blk 409, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10. Mr Ang was on his walkabout, handing out red packets to residents at the hawker centre. Photo: Nuria Ling/TODAY

Mr Ang Hin Kee, a PAP MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, was doing his rounds at the food centre on Saturday morning, handing out Chinese New Year red packets to residents, at the same time as Dr Tan and Mr Lee's breakfast meeting.

He greeted Mr Lee and Dr Tan and exchanged light-hearted banter with them. Mr Ang told TODAY that he offered Dr Tan his wishes for the Chinese New Year. He also told Dr Tan that there is plenty of good food at the hawker centres in Ang Mo Kio town and invited him to patronise them, he said.

After their breakfast, Dr Tan and Mr Lee walked through the market, greeting members of the public along the way.

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