The Government brushes off my press conference. MCI has missed my point totally. I do not dispute the Constitutional Commission’s report or the White Paper. However, I disagree with the way the Government has triggered the reserved election.
I am simply asking if the government’s counting from President Wee Kim Wee FOLLOWED the SPIRIT AND PURPOSE that was proposed by the Constitutional Commission. The Constitutional Commission has said that a reserved election will be triggered if 5 open elections produce no minority President. So far we have 4 open elections with no minority Malay President. So 2017 must remain an open election and if no minority Malay President wins in 2017, than a reserved election will be triggered in 2023.
The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) used a different format.
AGC advised the Government to count the 5 year hiatus using “5 consecutive terms of Presidents who exercised elected powers” to include 1 nominated President and 4 openly elected Presidents. This is not in line with the spirit and purpose of the Constitutional Commission’s Report of 5 open elections.
I’ve given my reasons why we should rightly count from our 1st openly elected President Ong Teng Cheong. It’s the government’s turn to give their reasons why they choose to count differently, having accepted the report. Why change the format?
When asked in Parliament by an MP as recently as February 2017, it was brushed off with challenges to go to court and no debate. Singaporeans need to know the truth on such an important Constitutional matter.
This is a chance for the Government to explain. They should not brushed it off again.