PMO: No by-election if a minority MP leaves GRC

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing, has confirmed that no by-election will be called if a minority MP in a GRC resigns to contest the upcoming Presidential Election (PE).

Mr Chan was responding to a question by Workers Party’s MP Pritam Singh referencing Mdm Halimah Yacob, who is rumored to be the PAP’s slated candidate for the coming PE.

Madam Halimah is the Speaker of the House, as well as the only minority MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Should she be fielded as a candidate for the PE, she would have to step down as an MP, leaving the GRC with an all-Chinese slate of MPs.

Mr Singh had asked:

…the very idea of race poses other considerations in certain cases of reserved elections involving public sector track or public sector deliberative track candidates. For example, in the case of Madam Speaker, should the Honourable Speaker decide to stand as a candidate, what happens to the very existence of the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, which by law requires a Malay MP as one of its political representatives in parliament? Should it be passed, does this Bill herald a new precedent in marked contrast to the scenario in Jurong GRC some years ago when the late PAP MP Mr Ong Chit Chung passed on? Does the Bill, and the prospect of reserved Presidential elections change the Government’s thinking on this question: Would a by-election be called in a GRC when the minority member of a GRC steps down to contest in a Presidential election? Can the Government set its position out on this matter in light of the introduction of reserved Presidential elections?

In his response, Mr Chan explained that the GRC system, which requires each team to include at least one member of a minority race, has been in place since 1988, and that it has two purposes.

First to ensure enough minority members in Parliament and secondly, to ensure no political campaign on issues of race and religion.

Mr Chan said that since Parliament already has 25 minority-race MPs, so one more or less doesn’t really matter as the races are adequately represented.

(These 25 were) more than what you’d expect proportionately from adding up the percentage of Malays, Indians and other minorities.

Even if we have one less, that is 24 out of 89, which is 27 per cent of Parliament.

Netizens are however, questioning Mr Chan’s rationale and basis for the no by-election.

Andrew Loh, a prominent blogger dismisses Mr Chan’s argument as nonsense:

When did Singapore adopt a proportional representation system??

And where in our Constitution is this stated – that there is no need for a by-election if Parliament already has a certain number of minority-race MPs?

I mean, things have to have basis in law, right? Surely, you can’t just make things up to suit your argument, right?

And this raises many questions such as: So a GRC can be made up of entirely Chinese MPs? Then what is the whole point of having GRCs?

And what is the minimum number of minority-race MPs in Parliament required before it is necessary to hold a by-election in vacant GRCs seats?

All this looks to me like the govt chops and chooses entirely arbitrarily, without any basis in the Constitution.

It’s like suka suka chop here, change there, using race to its political advantage and in the event making a whole mockery of our presidential and parliamentary system.

Shouldn’t someone ask some serious questions about this nonsense?

Another blogger, Abdul Salim Harun from Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC wrote:

…a By-Election should be called considering that a GRC should consist of a minority MP. Currently, all her other colleagues in the GRC are all Chinese.

Aside from that, it is only right that residents and voters of Marsiling Constituency should have their own MP and representative in Parliament, an MP they can called their own, and not MPs loan from other wards.

The next General Election will only be held 3 years down the road and it is not right for Marsiling Constituency to be left without their own MP.

Furthermore, the Government had already stated that the GRC scheme was implemented to enshrined minority representation in Parliament and at least one of the MPs in the GRC must be from the minority race.

As can be seen from the current Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mdm Halimah is the only minority MP in the GRC while the other 3 are of the Chinese race. If she intents to run for the Presidency, the GRC will be left without a minority MP.

So, Chan Chun Sing is totally wrong when he says that there’s not a need for any By-Election in regards of his “Mdm President” if she were to leave the GRC.

Some cynical Netizens have opined that this rule applies only to PAP-run GRCs and if say Pritam Singh from the Workers Party were to resign from Aljunied GRC, “sure got by-election one”.

Who do you agree with?

 

 

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39 Responses to “PMO: No by-election if a minority MP leaves GRC”

  • Oxygen:

    IN PAPpys world, it has always been 1% truth, 99% lies, fantasy and propaganda (something which Trump’s administration calls “alternative facts”).

    I have never believe one word that comes out of PAPpys a*seholes.

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  • Ho Lee Sheet:

    Expected right? Who is surprised? If you are, then you surely don’t know the pap well enough.

    This is the typical bully attitude of the BooLee gang. All prepared to play the game with all their bao yia (sure win) rules.

    Now, the only hope of not letting the bullies have their way and win all is for all Malay residents of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC to unite and like Abdul Salim Harun, will speak up, protest and demand for a by-election if Halimah resigns as their MP. Definitely don’t wish to see you guys gong gong being bullied. Stand up and be counted for your community and for fellow singaporeans’ sake.

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  • opposition dude:

    And yet again, PAP says things to contradict themselves. Isn’t the first time this has happened though, they tell us (proudly) that more than 80% of SIngaporeans own their flats (stop laughing!!) and after that tell us, when the occasion suits them, that flats are on 99 year leases. Great work there PAP, keep it up.

    Anyway, this just goes to show how kiasee PAP can be. They know they got lucky in 2015 so the gratitude shown back then would have been kosong by now. So if the minority candidate is no longer from PAP it also means that the GRC can function without 5 overpaid monkeys, yet more ammunition for us to shoot PAP with. And since this is the case then all GRCs should have 4 MPs at the most.

    Just wait lah, should something happen to an Aljunied MP you can bet that CB mouth Khaw will be the very forst one to call for a BE.

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  • Samuel S:

    Scrap GRC, since no need minority in an GRC.

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  • HHH:

    DOES it apply to Aljunied GRC too?

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  • 鸟龍的人:

    这都是”利光要"贪生怕死"造成的
    要当领导人,却不敢面对选举的洗礼
    总是躲在女人内䃿里爬。。。爬入国会和总统府
    真没出息,悲哀啊!!!

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  • intelligent and sensible logic:

    Why are the PAP Ministers always coming up with stupid and illogical arguments? Aren’t they capable of intelligent and sensible logic and reasoning?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah, either one of them will go for circumcision, then name change to Bin Abdullah.

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  • 亜李爸爸:

    PAP politic is the Mother Of All Dirty Politic. They are never shy in twisting and turning rules and policies to suit themselves. We had been deceived for more than five decades, that GRC was introduced so that minority race would not be left uncared. Shame to PAP for deceiving its own citizens.

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  • disappearing act:

    Your explanation is not acceptable as it clearly stated that there must be a minority representative a GRC team. By your explanation you cannot then deny a GRC team from any oppositions that does not have a minority representative. Sincertainly when you decided to change the requirements of a GRC? Most ridiculous answer to say in Parliament.

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  • C'est la vie:

    All that they do and say, be it, in public, via the press or in parliament …….. this Govt will never see the light of day in any “proper” democratic society and neither would they get off scot-free as this lot have been ……. for decades, for all of their party “tricks” and manoeuvering”.

    This Govt should thank their lucky stars, in fact, no; don’t do that ……… they should thank the 70 per centers for voting them in which tentamounts to, condoning and accepting this form of contemptible behaviour.

    Well ……….. this Govt must be a circus because this lot are clowning around, making joke after joke followed by the standard disappearing acts, not forgetting the King Klown doing his bit with the keeling over stunt too and of course the “piece de resistance” which is keeping the “audience” ever-guessing as to what’s gonna happen next !!!

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  • Trust only myself:

    PM paid highest in the world so very powerful.
    He say yes means yes, no means no.
    Who to blame? All the goondus out there.
    Unlike Trump paid only $1……cannot even get EO approved….

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  • Blackbalam:

    The circumstances which a minority MP leaves the GRC before his or her term of office runs its course should be the main consideration whether or a by-election should be held.

    MP Halimou has only served slightly more than one year of her five year term in office. She was not incapacitated or ‘mati’ in office. It would be reasonable not to expect a by-election if this is the case as there are precedents. However, she is put on a gravy train knowingly by the PM, if elected in the sure to win reserved for only Malay candidates Presidential Election she would have to leave the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Is it fair to the voters there?

    Don’t make a mockery of the GRC system. Where is the minority representation for the Malays voters in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. The overall minority MPs in Parliament does not negate the fact that Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC does not have a minority race MP. To simply substitute an unelected Malay representative to replace an elected Malay MP is to short-changed Malays voters who have given a vote of confidence to their Malay minority. Blame it on the PAP leadership for their notorious expertise in electoral meandering.

    The PM has the discretion when and to call a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. He is not going to do it. This is expected for him. The 70% should take a bow to all Singaporeans.

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  • Bapak:

    This is the very reason why I hate PAP.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Don’t keep saying WP is totally useless. Pritam raised a very good qustion that made CCS Chui Tat Lan.

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  • Who Stole The CPF Reserves?:

    The greedy pigs are so afraid that an independent minded president would question the state of our CPF and reserves. By now there is very little need to find out, as the truth is already reflected by the pigs desperate actions to keep themselves in control and perpetual power.

    Without kicking out PAP pigs who are all stooges to familee, there will be no way to find the thieves.

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  • Deceiving Party:

    A big shame to PAP for lying, manipulating policies and most of all deceiving his own countrymen and women, to achieve corrupted power. My third finger to the politically corrupted party.

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  • tvybgnhu:

    This is rubbish and being unfair. How can a MP/minister half way during their serving term then go contest in the PE? Even if can yes his/her GRC must have a By-election to be fair. I would propose that PE should be held together with the GE to be fair and making things easier for all.

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  • 345678`:

    I don’t believe that anyone during his/her serving term as MP/holding high position in the public service/parliament should multiple positions, it will be unfair where they might get overly pay, giving others no chance to take up the extra posts and health issues to this person who holding multiple posts.

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  • Roaster:

    Zhenzidan, that why this bumbling idiot ccs has a Bug Bunny Teeth ’cause of Chui Tat Lan

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  • con u can eat shit:

    The people of Marsiling-Yew Tee have elected Mdm Halimah as the minority MP in the GRC.WHOW THE FUCK is this MF Chan Chun Sing to say there is enough minority representation in parliament.It is the wish of the people in this GRC to have her as their as their minority MP.

    She cannot just resign from being an MP unless she is not medically fit to do her duties or she is voted out of parliament.If she resigns she must have very strong grounds for doing it,the least being becoming the next president.The three CHINESE MPs CANNOT represent the INTEREST OF THE MINORITY IN THE GRC.It goes againts the PRINCIPALS OF TE GRC.If Mdm were to resign as the minority MP of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC what is stopping the other MINORITY MP in other GRC FROM DOING THE SAME.If Mdm Halimah is to resign SHE IS BETRAYING ALL THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HER.

    As for you Chan Chun Sing YOU CAN GO FUCK YOURSELF as there are a lot of PAPER GENERALS in parliament.

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  • con u is SHIT:

    PAP is using THE RACE CARD TO STAY IN POWER,after screwing us with their FT policy.

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  • an0n:

    At last! [ A ~A ] = TRUE

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  • We must never audit the gubber:

    They are empowered by the 70%.
    I hope more get sacked and retrenched.
    The more suffering the more heart warming.

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  • Kangaroos:

    It appears the PAP is running a Kangaroos Parliament!

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  • con u can eat shit:

    Mdm Halimah ALLAH WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU when you promised to serve the residents of Marsiling-Yee Tee and now resigning and standing as elected president to serve the DISHONOURABLE SON OF A GUN.

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  • marsiling ppl kana play out:

    If Halimah Yaccob leaves her GRC to stand up for the Malay community by contesting this upcoming presidential election reserves only for the Malays minority then PAP is shooting itself in their foot.

    When she leaves where then is the minority representation in her GRC that she is vacating.

    This is yet another proof that this coming presidential election that they said is reserved for the minority Malay to be represented is a lie.

    It is to prevent Tan Cheng Bock from standing for election. They had made use of the Malays to prevent Tan C B from standing and winning this coming president election.

    Halimah is from the 4 mps Marsiling yew Tee grc.
    1 malay and 3 chinese
    those minorities who stood behinh halimah will be played out if she leaves to run for president election. yes or no?

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  • proud?:

    wonder if a certain minority group by now realised that they had been made use by the g to win election?

    or they are so super proud now to have the position of president reserved only for their grouping in the coming election?

    the g should also realised that all the tricks in the books they used to trick and fool sinkies had been exhausted.

    whatever tricks of the trade that is left at the bottom of PAP barrel to con singaporeans cannot be disguised anymore.

    it is now the 21st century and sinkies can see a lie when they see one. sinkies can also “see thru” a talk cock sing song rhetorics when they hear it. euphemism.

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  • george:

    It is bewildering that issues such as this can be left to CCS to decide? If there is a proper system in place, all possible scenarios should have been anticipated and rules written in black and white. It cannot be left to the PAP to arbitrarily decide whether a by-election should or should not be held.

    Put another way, can CCS quote the basis for his answer that a by-election is not necessary when a minority MP vacates his or her seat in a GRC? What is the law?

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  • alamak:

    Zhenzidan:
    Don’t keep saying WP is totally useless. Pritam raised a very good qustion that made CCS Chui Tat Lan.

    whats so geat about the question raised by pritam, its just a stupid fat asss question after the wayang party heated their seats for sges .
    Sounds so call nice, but just a time waster question for the sake of it

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    alamak: whats so geat about the question raised by pritam, its just a stupid fat asss question after the wayang party heated their seats for sges .
    Sounds so call nice, but just a time waster question for the sake of it

    WP has raised many good points over the years and asked many important questions including the change in constitution for Presidential Election, the Population White Paper, the $2 AIM company, the harassment policy, and many others. If not for WP in parliament, Singaporeans wouldn’t know about the many skeletons in PAP’s closet. PAP continues to pull the wool over citizens’ eyes and we still give them one party rule to bluff us more. When are Singaporeans going to stand up and be counted instead of cowering under PAP’s thumb for the rest of our lives?

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  • Concerned about Singapore:

    PAP ministers are acting more and more similar to their Barisan National counterparts across the Causeway…

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  • Nerdy Intelligene:

    The Nerd aka CCS is rite.

    Why bother to have clinics within hdb?

    We all can have our ills heard at the General Hospital.

    GRC was formed schemelingly to act as a stumbling block to oppies.

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  • Nerdy Intelligene:

    Concerned about Singapore:
    PAP ministers are acting more and more similar to their Barisan National counterparts across the Causeway…

    Joined them too much for their satay now talk like satay.

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  • BuaySong:

    Sinkapore garment alway say that all Singaporean is the same without taking into consideration race and religon. But now PE must be reserved for the Malay as Sinkapore very long no Malay President. Sunkapore also never had any Malay PM! Election should be ti elect the most capable person and not the race!!! Stupid.

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  • Powyiah:

    Ho Lee Sheet:
    Expected right? Who is surprised? If you are, then you surely don’t know the pap well enough.

    This is the typical bully attitude of the BooLee gang. All prepared to play the game with all their bao yia (sure win) rules.

    Now, the only hope of not letting the bullies have their way and win all is for all Malay residents of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC to unite and like Abdul Salim Harun, will speak up, protest and demand for a by-election if Halimah resigns as their MP. Definitely don’t wish to see you guys gong gong being bullied. Stand up and be counted for your community and for fellow singaporeans’ sake.

    We had lost a government, and is belated.

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  • Better to coopt:

    If no by election for the GRC required,it maybe better to have the elected team to coop one new person to take the place of the MP who has resigned etc to better serve the affected residents until the end of the term.

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  • PAP minority race:

    Now you understand what are your MP of minority for! To care for youur needs? if u believe then you are stupid beyond redemption after what ” your very concern of the needs of minorities that he even get you the president for u” said “no by election to replace your minority MP” the other PAP minority and majority rac MPs can look after your interests! Do u ask if that is so why we need GRCs? or are u enlightened what GRCs means? If u guess it is a convenient polanpa cart to get all the polanpas in so as to echo like parrots and not really to look after your needs? If these can marry other races, how much do u think they think of his own race? Wake up and be Singaporeans. Tell the multimillionaire political shits to get the hell out of your life. Do not be alienated as majority and minorities. We are Singaporeans and Singapore is our nation not PAzp corporation or playground. Nepotism is evil as one ST reportor has written about Trump and his nepotic appointment but keep dumb over Singapore nepotism!

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  • Madam President?:

    So obvious that every move is ‘fixed’.

    Will you as a voter support the act?

    Many can’t do it as it is against our conscience.

    TCB must ‘advise’ Singaporeans!

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