Tag Archives: Elected Presidency

SDP: PAP’S ELECTED PRESIDENCY CHANGE A BLATANT POLITICAL MOVE

In his Parliamentary address, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pointed out the reason for reserving the 2017 Elected Presidency (EP) for a Malay candidate: To promote a multiracial, equal and harmonious society, gradually enlarging the shared Singaporean identity while celebrating different cultures and faiths. Singaporeans see through the rhetoric.

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WHY DIDN’T THE ISSUE OF A MINORITY SPOREAN AS PRESIDENT CROP UP BEFORE?

So I say now, as a member of the Malay community: I don't need a symbol to elicit respect, what I need is respect for my rights. What I want is for the government to be transparent about what is happening with their manpower policies in the military, to see more Malay ministers in portfolios other than environment and infocomm, to settle the issue of wearing tudungs as part of uniforms, to stop perpetuating cultural deficit theories, to enact anti-discrimination laws.

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Call to Abolish the Elected Presidency

I have no quarrels with MP Denise Phua’s bold and unprecedented call to abolish the Elected Presidency. For such a speech to be delivered in Parliament reflects the stirring of the return of democracy and freedom of speech to our land. That the new Whip did not interrupt her speech or call her to order is also another good sign.

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