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PM LEE: RACE, RELIGION A FACTOR IN SG CHOICE OF PRIME MINISTER

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says that ethnic considerations are still a consideration for Singaporeans when choosing a prime minister. He made these remarks during a wide ranging interview with BBC HARDTalk on Wednesday when Stephen Sackur asked whether Lee felt that Singapore was ready for a non-Chinese PM.

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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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WILL A MINORITY PAP REFUSE TO BE PARTY OF MULTI-PARTY SYSTEM?

Will PAP refuse to be part of a multi-party system? It is a strange thing to hear the Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, claim that a “multi-party political system could ruin Singapore.” Besides the fact that there are many examples of small countries with just such a system which are thriving, Mr Ong’s claim raises the question of whether his own party would then decline parliamentary seats if they only formed the minority.

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LKY'S POWER HUNGRY ATTITUDE GAVE US MANY 2ND RATED MPS

If one were to look back at Singapore’s Parliamentary history, then he should be acquainted with fact that the GRC system was introduced shortly before the 1988 General Elections. The Election before – in 1984 – was when they loss two Seats to the opposition. While they may argue that this GRC system was introduced to safeguard minority representation, political history has shown this to be untrue. From JBJ to Murali, there have been minority-race candidates who win on their own merit!

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TIME TO CHANGE CONSTITUTION FOR A MINORITY PRIME MINISTER?

The wayang on having a minority candidate for Pesident has started and the outcome is a foregone conclusion. The cowardly PAP has again stooped lower than an abyss in another attempt to prevent transparency from seeing daylight. The need to legislate the race of a presidential candidate would mean millions thrown at fostering racial integration have gone down the drain. For 51 years, Singaporeans have been disregarding “regardless of race, …” when reciting our National Pledge in school..If not, PAP should not be playing the racial card.

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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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LIFE BEING AN EDUCATED MALAY MINORITY IN SINGAPORE

I am a local university student who happens to be Malay. When i was in school, my chinese cliques would often ask me if I'm truly Malay. This is because I've been consistently on the Deans list and this to them is pretty unheard of. During a taxi ride conversation once, I was met with absolute surprise when i mentioned about my desire to do a PhD upon graduation. The taxi driver asked me if I'm truly malay and whether my family would support this given that "most Malays like to marry young".

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