Tag Archives: Presidential Election

YAACOB IBRAHIM RULES HIMSELF OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim has announced that he will not be running for president. He also had tips for upcoming presidential candidates. "Whoever is willing to step forward to take on the job must continue to carry the ethos of multiracialism, which is important," Dr Yaacob said. "He or she must continue to do their best to rally all Singaporeans, not just the Malay community."

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PETITION TO MAKE 2017 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OPEN FOR ALL RACES

I'm a true blue Singaporean & am thankful to be born here. Singapore is where it is today due to Good Leadership, Hardworking Singaporeans & most importantly Unity amongst the various races. Too many requirements should not be imposed thereby limiting the aspirations of Ordinary Singaporeans that one day they could be Presidents as well. My humble request to the Government is to make the 2017 Presidential Election an open one for all races. Give the choice to Singaporeans to decide who they want their President to be & who will make Singapore Proud.

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GOH MENG SENG: JOIN US & SUPPORT TAN CHENG BOCK’S CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE!

Lim Tean, Tan Kin Lian, Syafarin Sarif and I had started the initiative to publish a Non-Partisan Joint Statement in support of Dr Tan Cheng Bock's challenge of the Constitutional change to enforce Reserved Elected Presidency based on dubious grounds. We have come together as a group of concerned Singaporeans, from diverse walks in life and from a wide political spectrum, to ask Singaporeans to stand up and to protect our Constitution from constant manipulation by the PAP government to suit their selfish political needs. We are pleased to note that Dr Tan Cheng Bock has mounted a judicial challenge to the constitutionality of the next Presidential Election being a reserved election. Even if it is now the law that there must be a reserved election for a particular racial group if no one from that group has been President after 5 continuous terms, it is clear to everyone of us that only the Presidential election of 2023 need be a reserved election. The next Presidential election in September this year should be an open election as there have been only 4 elected Presidents since the Elected Presidency scheme came into effect, with Mr Ong Teng Cheong being our first elected President. We do not know of any ordinary Singaporean who has taken an opposing view. Since the PAP Government insists that the upcoming Presidential election is a reserved election under the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Act 2017, the burden was on them to explain to the Singapore people the basis of their decision. It was incumbent upon them to produce the advice which they said they had obtained from the Attorney-General, which formed the basis of their decision. This is no different to a judge having to give his reasons for a decision made by him. It was important for the Government to have made known the reasoning behind the Attorney-General’s advice because the Attorney-General’s advice does not constitute the law of the land and is open to challenge by way of Judicial Review.

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ELECTED PRESIDENCY IS A JOKE & TWISTED SCHEME TO BAN NON-ELITES FROM QUALIFYING

If the govt wins 70% of the popular vote, while the president won only 35%, who would have the more legitimate claim to possessing the moral authority to act on citizens' behalf? Why should a president who only had 35% support possess power to check on a govt elected by 70% of the people? With the changes, the Elected President scheme has become a bit of a joke, really. It is nothing more than an Ivory Tower club reserved only for selected elites who twist and turn the scheme in such contortions that it has banned everyone else, except the very elite of the elites, from qualifying. In short, it has no relevance to the average citizen at all.

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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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WP SYLVIA LIM: WP OPPOSES THE PE (AMENDMENT) BILL

However, such multi-racial representation should be achieved not by way of reserved elections, but by the former system of appointing Presidents. We have canvassed our arguments during the debate on the Constitution amendments, and we do not intend to rehash them today.

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