Presidential Candidates Symbolic Meanings

In my previous post, ‘The Choice For Presidency’, I have discussed on the 3 key things that I feel Singaporeans should be looking out for when voting for the next President.

The 3 keys things are:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Reliability and
  • Impartiality

This entry will discuss about the meaning of the colours and the logos chosen by our Presidential Candidates.

Dr Tony Tan

Confidence For The Future

So, here we have Dr Tony Tan.

Colour chosen: Purple and White

Symbol: Glasses

Meaning of the colour purple: Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.

Political association with purple: Julius and Augustus Caesar, Emperors of Rome, both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple and even the sale of purple was punishable by death! By the time of Alexander Severus, who was Emperor in Rome from 222 to 235 AD, all the workers who made Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Later, magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons.

Meaning of colour white: White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Doctors don white coats, brides traditionally wear white gowns, and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.

Political association with white: A person who is politically ultraconservative is sometimes referred to as white.

Meaning of spectacles: Optical instrument consisting of a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision

Symbolic meaning of spectacles: Symbol meaning for Eyeglasses deals with how you see things in your world. If you are wearing Eyeglasses in your dream it is a symbol of moderation, balance, and virtue. If you’ve lost your Eyeglasses, you are going need to be aware of lies being told in your life, and some unsolved mysteries may be coming your way. If you dream of Eyeglasses by themselves, it may mean you have a distorted view of your world and surroundings at this time.

Conclusion of Dr Tony Tan’s choice of Purple and White Colours and Eyeglasses: He is projecting himself as someone of Royalty who is Peaceful and Sincere but requires assistance for his defective vision as he has a distorted view of his world and surroundings.

Tan Jee Say

Heart Of The Nation

Next we have Mr Tan Jee Say.

Colour chosen: White, Red and Blue

Symbol chosen:  Heart

We’ve already discussed on the colours white, so I’ll only touch on Red and Blue.

Meaning of the colour red: Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.

Political association with red: The color red represents the U.S. Republican Party and beginning with the 2000 presidential election, states that favored the Republican candidates began being referred to as “red states,” while those that favored the Democratic candidates were referred to as “blue states.” Red is the color most associated with the Soviet Union during communist reign.

Meaning of colour blue: Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed.

The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate.

Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic — an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.

Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.

Blue is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women.

Political association with blue: In the U.S. Congress, the Blue Dog coalition is a caucus of conservative Democrats.

Meaning of heart: A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythimically, keeps up the circulation of the blood.

Symbolic meaning of heart: The heart is recognized across cultures as a symbol for love, joy, charity and compassion.

Conclusion of Tan Jee Say’s choice of Red, Blue and White colours with heart: He is projecting himself as someone who is a Warrior which is Peaceful and Sincere as well as someone who is Truthful and Loyal and is also compassionate.

Tan Kin Lian

Voice Of The People

Our 3rd Presidential Candidate is Mr Tan Kin Lian.

Choice of colour: White and Red

Symbol chosen: Hand in a chat box/bubble

Colours Red and White have already been discussed and I’ll talk about the symbols instead.

Meaning of hand: The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man or monkeys.

Symbolic meaning of hand: As the logo could be interpreted as either a right or left hand, the general meaning of what it represents is balance, choice, contrast and justice.

Meaning of speech bubble: A round shape next to the head of a character in a cartoon inside which the character’s words or thoughts are written

Symbolic meaning of speech bubble: These are recognized by most urban children who have been surrounded by comics. For rural youth, the speech bubbles are logically interpreted as clouds. Not only do they resemble the shape of clouds, they are also placed above the objects “in the sky.” Rural audiences may also identify the speech bubble as a compound wall, built around a plantation to prevent grazing.

Conclusion of Tan Kin Lian’s choice of Red and White with Hand and Message/Chat Bubble/Box: He is projecting himself as a Peaceful and Sincere Warrior who can provide the balance and justice whilst providing comic relief.

Dr Tan Check Bock

Think Singaporeans First

Last but not least, we have Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

Colour chosen: Red and White

Symbol chosen: Palm tree

Meaning of palm tree: A tropical tree with no branches that has large wide leaves growing from the top of it’s trunk.

Symbolic meaning of palm tree: The palm tree represents Honour, Truth, Value, Vitality, Warmth, Fertility, Expansion, Protection, Aspiration, Attainment, Unification, Resurrection and  Singleness of Purpose.

Conclusion of Dr Tan Cheng Bock choice of Red and White with Palm Tree: He is projecting himself as a Peaceful and Sincere Warrior who is honorable, truthful, valuable, unifying, warm and will be able to is protect and resurrect his people.

I might not have properly deduced the meanings and contextualized them properly so it is still open for interpretation by each individual.

One more week to go before we head to the polls Singapore!

Let’s vote for our President wisely.

3 thoughts on “Presidential Candidates Symbolic Meanings

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  2. Isn’t it funny that you ask people to vote wisely but at the same time resort to some ludicrous hocus pocus based on divinations of color symbolism?! You might want to take your own advice, don’t you think?

    I had really hoped for more out of you.

    The Idea Cauldron


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