Singapore's 'walkover' presidential election draws public criticism
Singapore's 'walkover' presidential election draws public criticism
MADAM PRESIDENT IT IS FOR SINGAPORE – HALIMAH YACOB MAKES HISTORY
13 September, 2017, 01:05
Yacob is expected to be named Singapore's eighth president on Wednesday without a vote.
While we could grudgingly accept that this may be a Reserved Presidential Elections for the Malay but we definitely could not agree with the blatant political ploy to turn it into Reserved President for PAP's Halimah! The Electoral Commission will declare Halimah as President on September 13, the date on which it will announce the approved applicants. It said the others had not satisfied stringent criteria, such as having held key public positions or running a company with at least Sg500 million in equity.
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The reserved election system and heightened eligibility criteria have now made it hard for the office to be a truly elected one.
Specifically, the amendment states that an election will be reserved for candidates from a particular racial group if the previous five elections have not produced a president from that racial group. In our view, Mr Salleh and Mr Farid who are prominent individuals of the Malay community with the exceptional capabilities to perform the role of the Elected President with full competency.
The separation of Singapore from Malaysia gave ethnic Malays a clear majority in Malaysia, while ethnic Chinese formed the majority in independent Singapore.
Yet the reserved election has also injured some pride.
For Lee, whose son, Lee Hsien Loong, is now prime minister, the answer to social cohesion lay in creating a culture of meritocracy, rather than adopting policies of positive discrimination to boost the chances of advancement for Singapore's Malay and Indian minorities.
The Malay community typically have lower incomes and grapple with institutional discrimination, such as in the armed forces. She graduated from the University of Singapore with a law degree and went on to work for a national trade union organization.
To add salt to injury, the "Malayness" of Presidential hopefuls are being questioned by the general public and subjected to a special committee to certify that they are Malays.
Speaking at a forum on Friday, Chan Chun Sing, a minister in the Prime Minister's Office, acknowledged the unpopularity of the new system, saying that it would be a "hard journey" to convince Singaporeans that the change was necessary. They rightly feel used, betrayed, played out and stupefied now that they bear witness to political gains built upon Malay dignity.
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