Tag Archives: Elected President

GOVT SHOULD MAKE PUBLIC AGC’S GROUNDS FOR COUNTING THE NUMBER OF PRESIDENTS

I refer to Yoong Siew Wah’s article “The conundrum of the Elected Presidency” (The Independent, Apr 5). It states that “President Wee Kim Wee was never by any stretch of imagination an elected president and for the Attorney-General to start counting the five continuous terms from the term of president Wee is utterly incomprehensible and may be against the nature of justice.

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PAP COWARDLY DODGED TAN CHENG BOCK TO AVOID A FIGHT

The same question can be asked of the PAP leaders. When faced with a challenge from TCB, instead of taking up the gauntlet as our great departed leader would have done, they resorted to a cowardly dodge to avoid a fight. Now, one after another, they come up with all kinds of rationalisation to make themselves look good.

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WHY IS ONG TENG CHEONG NOT RECOGNISED AS S’PORES FIRST ELECTED PRESIDENT?

“Why not count from the first Elected President, Mr Ong Teng Cheong?” she asked. “Is it because if President Ong was the first one to be counted, we would have to go through this year’s election as an open election and risk the contest by Chinese or Indian candidates who may not be to the Government’s liking?” In his response, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing, said Mr Wee was the first president to exercise the powers under the elected presidency.

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FROM ELECTED PRESIDENT TO APPOINTED PRESIDENT?

It states that “While we worried about a rogue government in the past, we did not consider the possibility that a rogue president could be elected. It is true that our elected presidency does not allow the president to open the coffers with his single key. Yet, the election of a figure who is opposed to the responsible government in power can create painful political tensions.

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