Presidency

PERPLEXING WHY SOME MALAYS FEEL PROUD OF HALIMAH'S INSTALLATION AS PRESIDENT

It troubles me that some segments in the Malay community celebrate President Halimah’s selection as a victory for the Malays. I am perplexed. What are we exactly proud of? Here, a Malay president was installed only because it was a reserved election. And there was no election – because there was only one candidate who was deemed to be qualified. There was no level playing field. And so a good person, President Halimah, is tainted by a faulty process.

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WILL YOU TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT LESSONS FROM THIS NON-ELECTION?

SDP's Damanhuri Bin Abas seems reluctant to accept the EP results and outlined lessons learnt from this Presidential 'election'. Some points include abuse of the word meritocracy, realities of racism in Singapore, lack of democracy and voiceless Malay community.

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GOVT MUST NOT PUSH FOR UNPOPULAR POLICIES AT THE EXPENSE OF CITIZENS' NEED!

Opposition politician Ang Yong Guan questions the government's policies and thinks citizens will not tolerate changes to the elected Presidency. Is it right for them to push through with unpopular policies? Do you think they are well aware of what our people need?

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SYLVIA LIM CAN'T TALK ABOUT ELECTED PRESIDENCY IN PARLIAMENTARY SITTING, TOPIC GOT BALLOTED OUT

The Workers' Party's Sylvia Lim will not be able to speak about the reserved PE in the upcoming Parliamentary sitting. She had earlier filed a motion but lost out on a ballot that ended up with Murali Pillai's topic on community sentencing and rehabilitative options.

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WAS OUR CONSTITUTION AMENDED SPECIALLY FOR MDM HALIMAH TO RUN FOR PRESIDENCY?

Why does the definition of Malayness in our Constitution have an additional clause - "whether of the Malay race or otherwise", but not for other races? Was that clause added specially for Halimah to run for the upcoming reserved Presidency?

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RETIRED ST JOURNALIST: RESERVED ELECTION A PAP BLUNDER, BIGGEST SETBACK TO MULTICULTURALISM

Retired ST journalist Ismail Kassim referred to the Reserved Presidency as the greatest setback to multiculturalism. He predicted that Singaporeans will pay the price of having a "helpless PAPpie Malay" who is more loyal to the Party than the People. He said the PE has already caused divisions among Malays. "It takes a lifetime to build up a sterling reputation, but it takes just one error of judgement to turn all to ashes. I think history will judge this controversial EP race harshly; in time it will be regarded as the greatest PAP blunder over the last 58 years - even worse than the bungling over Oxleygate.

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HIGH COURT DISMISSES TAN CHENG BOCK'S CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE, SURPRISE?

The High Court dismissed Dr Tan Cheng Bock's constitutional challenge to the upcoming reserved Presidential Election. This comes after the AGC accused Dr Tan of being selfish for undermining multiracial representation and for wanting to run in the next election. Dr Tan has until next Wednesday to file a notice of appeal and has not reached a conclusion. Does this come as a surprise? Have we lost yet another hopeful candidate who can actually be our voice?

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TAN CHENG BOCK: MAKE THE NEXT ELECTION AN OPEN ONE

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock has broken his silence about the upcoming presidential elections in a press conference held today. He said: "I am concerned that our EP (Elected President) will always be tainted with the suspicion that the reserved election of 2017 was introduced to prevent my candidacy."

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DR TAN CHENG BOCK: A COALITION GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENCY

The smaller minority parties will set conditions to join. There will be a lot of horse trading and bargaining for ministerial posts and other key appointments. So you might get a DPM from a minority party or a finance minister from yet another party, as seen in many countries with coalition governments. In such scenarios, each party would want to exert its influence and impress the people to score political points. More importantly, they may also try to court the President’s favour to utilise the reserves and lobby the appointments of key personnel in the civil service and stat boards.

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