The Comedy of the Reserved Presidential Election

Unless you have been living in a monastery in the last few years you will know that in the last Presidential election Tony Tan was elected by the skin of his teeth, with a majority of 0.35%. If not for the high-five clown Tan Kin Lian and the opportunist Tan Jee Say the result would have been a clear victory for Tan Cheng Bock, who would have won by a margin of 30%. Had this happened, it would have been a disaster for the PAP as they wanted someone from the regime who could be relied upon to say yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. They did not want someone like Tan Cheng Bock who would ask inconvenient questions like the late Ong Teng Cheong, whose reward for doing so was to be denied a state funeral.

The PAP regime must have pressed all the panic buttons and thought long and hard on how to ensure that the next Presidential election would not throw up another surprise, another spanner in the works. Since Tan Cheng Bock qualified for the last election he would also qualify for the next unless the thresholds and criteria are changed and there was a very real chance that he would be the next President and not someone from the regime. If this happens it will mean the end of “ownself check ownself” (I love this pithy expression which is now part of our political lexicon).

So what to do? Simple. Change the criteria to eliminate Tan Cheng Bock by saying that it is time for a Malay President and amend the already tattered and torn Constitution, and Bob’s your uncle. Done. No problem at all. The sole purpose of these shameful machinations and political chicanery is to disqualify Tan Cheng Bock and nothing to do with fair representation among the various races. It is pian ginna (Hokkien for “bluff the children”) persuading us to believe otherwise.

Let us examine whether it is indeed time for the next President to be Malay/minority. Since independence we have had seven Presidents, Yusof, Sheares, Nair, Wee, Ong, Nathan and the incumbent, Tony Tan. Of the seven, four are from minority races and three Chinese. According to the Statistics Department, the population is made up of 75% Chinese, 15% Malay, 9% Indian and 1% others. If we really want the Presidency to be rotated to match the demographics it means that for every 3 Chinese Presidents there should be one minority President to fit the 75/25 ratio. Since we already have had four minority Presidents it means we need 4 x 3 Chinese Presidents to make it 75/25. By this reckoning the next 9 Presidents should be Chinese and assuming only one term of 5 years each it means the next minority President after Tony Tan is not due for another 45 years, not until 2052.

The nomination of Halimah Yacob as the PAP’s preferred candidate has unleashed a firestorm in social media questioning firstly, whether there is a need for a Presidential election reserved for Malays and secondly whether she is Malay enough to qualify under the criteria. She is the daughter of an Indian Muslim, and the argument is that it makes her an Indian by race, not Malay (we already have had two Indian Presidents). An Indian Muslim is an Indian, an Indian Hindu is an Indian, an Indian Christian is an Indian. Our race or ethnicity is determined by our genes, not by our religion or what we eat or what language we speak. I am Chinese because my father was Chinese, I have his genes. I speak English, drink whisky, and eat bacon and eggs for breakfast but that does not make me an angmo. Why can’t Halimah post a picture of her IC on Facebook to show her race to settle this question?

Finally, the government’s insistence that Wee was the first elected President and not Ong Teng Cheong is baloney and poppycock. It is a matter of public record that Ong was acknowledged as the first elected President by the media and various utterings of many PAP people in power, including no less than Goh Chock Tong, the former PM.

Instead of making a mockery of democracy and trampling on the Constitution an easier way to eliminate Tan Cheng Bock from standing for election would have been to banish him as ambassador to a faraway country (he would have accepted out of his sense of public duty) or restricting candidates to below a certain age, say, 70. (While we are at it might as well restrict Ministers (especially those with cringe-worthy honorific titles) to the same age to prevent senile dinosaurs from dying with their boots on).

I no longer believe in the trope “regardless of race, language or religion” because of this episode. We should ask our children and grandchildren to stop chanting it in school every morning.

 

Thomas Pain

 

 

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38 Responses to “The Comedy of the Reserved Presidential Election”

  • Man proposes, God disposes:

    Year by year, Red dot is surely and steadfastly slipping to its doomsday with this idiotic and incompetent LEEdership!

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    The more PAP tweaks the constitution, the more obvious it becomes that they will do anything to remain in power, that they are motivated for self gain rather than for the good of Singapore. The trouble is, even if Singaporeans see and know that, will Singaporeans vote for a different government? Singaporeans are now well known to be kiasi, kiasu, kiabo, kia cheng hu. Add one more to the list, kia change (scared of change). The straight-jacket education system has given rise to a generation of cowards who, even though they know they are marching to the slaughterhouse, will quietly keep in line and keep pace, except they don’t realise further down the line, it’s their children and grandchildren marching towards their bleak future – an early demise.

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  • oxygen:

    THE OTHER POLITICAL LEXICON of Sinkieland is that it has been given a new name by bloody Ah Tiong in their WEIBO platform as LEE-JIA-PORE after the recent big family feud that shaken up the global news media’s long-held mistaken admiration of political legacy and the wonder fictions of “eastern values”.

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  • oxygen:

    LONG BEFORE THIS ELECTED PRESIDENCY’S DIABOLICAL RACE MAST*RBATION in the House of the Most Expensive Decorations, I have LONG TIME AGO correctly observed and concluded that PAPpys and the political zoo is nothing but 1% truth, 99% lies, fantasy and propaganda.

    A geologist might alternatively describe that as a MEANDERING RIVER OF ENDLESS LIES, SCAMS AND DECEPTION which pretended a source origination of hypocritical pristine purity of a mountain stream beginning.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Well said.

    Even kindergarten kids are made to sing WE ARE SINGAPORE, WE ARE SINGAPOREANS when the country is a rojak nation.

    And the most ridiculous of all is the sight of Ministers and PAP MPs pledging to build a democratic country during National Day observation ceremonies.

    Add to ownself check ownself, we also have, don’t forget, ownself delude ownself or ownself ridicule ownself.

    What a farcical Govt!!

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  • 骗的传人:

    多马士弟弟说得好.但大家也别再爭論了.骗爷爷認为最理想的方法就是讓龙哥来当总统兼总理.

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  • No Mens Land:

    They set their own laws. They changed the rules as and when these suit them. So any policy need not be consulted and can easily be steam-rolled. If this is not dictatorship of the highest order, then I don’t know what is.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    What about the accused of “abuse of power” can become the jury, later a judge and acquitted himself in Parliament filled with cronies, yes men/women?

    This case was admired by many countries, especially Malaysia. But it was the bigger comedy of all time.

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  • She looks more like ET than EP:

    It’s been more than a week since Dr Tan’s appeal was heard. When and what is the outcome? It seems everyone already knows it without having to hear the announcement of the judgment. But I still pray that the judges would be honorable unlike that d**honorable son.

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  • ANGMO MUSLIM CHANGED TO MALAY:

    Well done, Thomas! It’s truly a comedy beyond compare. One that makes a mockery of and thereby emasulating our national pledge.

    Readers, LET’S SHARE THIS excellent (well-argued n wriitten) article, to widely propate and publicise how PAP regime’s unashamed deceit and mockery has struck at the heart of our life-long commitment – the citizen pledge.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Uncle Lim,

    LEE-jia-pore have advanced further – it is “ownself-cheque-ownself” politics of welfare for themselves exclusively yet STRIDENTLY HYPOCRITICAL of welfare assistance for all peasants EXCEPT when there is votes baits attached (lift and estate upgrading in election lolly bait-and-switch scam using our CPF imprisoned money when your HDB is only a lease, they are the owners benefiting)

    Uncle Lim: Well said.

    Even kindergarten kids are made to sing WE ARE SINGAPORE, WE ARE SINGAPOREANS when the country is a rojak nation.

    And the most ridiculous of all is the sight of Ministers and PAP MPs pledging to build a democratic country during National Day observation ceremonies.

    Add to ownself check ownself, we also have, don’t forget, ownself delude ownself or ownself ridicule ownself.

    What a farcical Govt!!

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  • StupidBreed:

    If TCB had been elected, he would have hard time if not worst than OTC had he attempted to screw with the PM or PAP. My guess is if he had been elected, he would “play along” and enjoy his ride simply because he can’t win or will lose….”legally”.

    But that’s only one side of stupidity. The other side is why even play a game entirely created by hegemonic rulers unless you are also harbouring power or stupid enough to hand power to the same outcome through democracy?

    Stupidity has no end with the Singaporean breed indeed!

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  • PE on a string:

    You can think of the Reserve PE as either reserving a room for a VIP or reserving a lot for the disabled.

    If reserving for a VIP does it means the other races are not as important as the Malays? If reserving for the disabled, does it means the Malays are all handicap?

    Either way, reserving is not a good thing for an election that is suppose to be open to all.

    But for all the talk by the government of wanting a Malay president, it doesn’t seems the government is giving any importance to the Malays at all, but instead insulting the Malays by aggressively promoting an Indian to represent them.

    What’s the race for this coming PE again? Money-faced?

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  • LIONS:

    whatever,at least we know that our indian comaptriots have had their indian EP in PRATAMAN; as for our malay countrymen,they only get a ‘TAINTED’ malay EP at most?

    if we are singaporeans truyl, and ONE PEOPLE,ONE NATION,ONE SINGAPORE,why the hyporcisy to have reserved EP for any race at all?

    lee ah long is afraid that NO ONE ELSE from his camp could fight DR TAN CHENG BOCK on the ‘battle field’ this time around,ya?

    so,invent another scam.

    what weaklings n they claim themselves as MERITOCRATIC.

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  • rukidding:

    Heeeeeeeeeee…was watching NDP ….did you guys notice that Mr KFC has “no mood” at all ?….he couldn’t be bothered to Sing or say the pledge at all ?

    Go see the repeat telecast….his mouth and lips are “sealed”…”dead and not moving at all ) ????

    Out goes a ” 35% voted Puppet.”..and next comes a “female tudung wearing puppet ” ???

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    Man proposes, God disposes:
    Year by year, Red dot is surely and steadfastly slipping to its doomsday with this idiotic and incompetent LEEdership!

    Red Dot already halfway to doomsday. The 69.9% Stupids-who-don’t-realize-they-r-Stupid, still continue to Sing Song what silly Majulah or recite their joke of the pledge mindlessly. Where got “regardless of race…” when the whole farking EP issue is everything about RACE for political expediency of the DipSh*t LEEdarship. What a Joke!

    The whole economy is spiraling downhill with no viable ideas or activity, besides the insanity of wholesale massive population increase; and the DipSh*t LEEder is mumbling about childcare centers and diabetes as National challenges? LMFAO.

    Red Dot is really HOPELESS and 69.9% S-T-U-P-I-D-S truly Deserve such a DipSh*t LEEder.

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  • opposition dude:

    Everything since the formation of GRCs to increasing the number of monkeys in parliament to changing the rulebook to suit them, all these are hallmarks of a party which is extremely kiasee, more kiasee than the 70%.

    So far it has served them very well with more than 85% of parliament seats but nothing lasts forever. The issue of a BE in Marsiling Yew Tee will not go away just because stand in comedian Zaqy has been arrowed, no sir.

    And why hasn’t PAP answered how Halimah has handled $500 million when she isn’t even from the finance sector nor has run a business?

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  • Patriot Tan:

    Does a Christian Malay qualify by race or he will also be subjected to being accepted by the Malay community which is muslim & likely to reject him as being 1 of them?
    It seems more like a PE based on religion rather than race.

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  • MarBowling:

    Indeed Mai Hum tried to pian ginna(bluff the children). Kenna Backfire. Yesterday, a student from the Henry Park Primary School showed the extreme displeasure on behalf of ALL True Blue Singaporean, by POINTING the Extended Rude Middle Finger at Mai Hum.

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  • Our country?:

    How many Singaporeans no longer feel Singapore as our country and proud being Singaporeans? Even LKY’s descendants are voicing about the abuse of power and losing confidence in Singapore. Can Singaporeans still believe that we are living in a democratic society based on justice and equality?

    Is Singapore a city state where monkeys are swinging on skyscrapers?

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    It is “A Big Joke” and the 1stWorld are laughing at this FAKE 1st World with a FAKE leader NOT on Merit but Connections who sashays and NOT walk with Foreign leaders sniggering behind his BACK!!!

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  • nathan:

    President Wee Kim Wee must count as an elected President because he was elected in Parliament by the MP Papigs. Pressed further for documentary proof or Parliament records all were as quiet as mice in a Church.

    Their solution to fill the seat vacated by Halimau in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC was to dispatch another part-time Malay MP Zaqi Mohamad from Chua Choa Kang GRC to serve residents in MYT. So we have got is one part-time MP( this MP has a full-time job in the day) divided into two, to serve residents of the minority race of two GRCs.

    High time for the PM to give himself another poke in you know where to search for a PM from the minority race.

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  • Nothing Burger:

    A by-election is required in the marshaling-yew tee constituency! This is all the more so because the minority mp chooses to resign from her job. She did not die in office and as such there is no reason not to call for a by-election.

    The election laws would be breached under the group representative constituency if the position is not filled by a by-elections. Try putting in an application for a GRC constituency in the next GE and you will see your application being thrown out by the Erectons Dept of PMO.

    In law-abiding Singapore, it is thus necessary to comply with the Rule of Law just like The Hague arbitration on the South China Sea.

    Not holding a by-elections would mean that the minority citizens of marshaling-yew tee are not served from now till 2020!
    The law is also broken!

    It is only right that residents of marshiling-yew tee make a police report or a magistrate’s complaint if no by-elections is declared!

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  • oxygen:

    WHO SAYS DR. CHEE IS WRONG when he said a nation stolen?

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  • Koyok:

    “Bandaid” solutions do not solve problems long term. So when “bandaid” wears our or fails, another goes on top. There are so many such short-term solutions – MRT, Hospital beds shortage, Presidential “reconstitution”, population policy and the list goes on. When solutions are not anchored on solid foundation, they will eventually crumble and as sure as the sun must rise that day will come.

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  • 薪加坡:

    oxygen:
    THE OTHER POLITICAL LEXICON of Sinkieland is that it has been given a new name by bloody Ah Tiong in their WEIBO platform as LEE-JIA-PORE after the recent big family feud that shaken up the global news media’s long-held mistaken admiration of political legacy and the wonder fictions of “eastern values”.

    薪水有加之坡, 俗称之 薪加坡。

    But nowadays sg pay also not as great as BeiJing or Shanghai which pays Chinamen more than sg could afford them.

    明天我很可能会打手枪。
    再回。

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  • Neo:

    Religion and Race is two different thing. Already wrong still want to argue. Still can have committee to determine a race some more. What a joke. Tsk tsk tsk. How low can one gets?

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  • ComedyExpress:

    The fact that you are caught up in the presidential election and wanting a fair election already showed your stupidity

    Don’t walk into the pit dug up for you, like the oppositions. Dig a pit for them to walk in instead lol

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  • ganeshsk:

    The pledge is actually now recited as Regard- LESS race , language and religion.

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  • Lau Go Mouth Like Goldfish:

    Did you notice that Woody was gasping for air like a Goldfish mouth during the NDP ? That’s what LKY did before he passed away. Looks like Woody time is up because LKY is calling for him up there instead of him still getting Gaji Buta in Spore. Gaji Buta is getting huge salary without doing any proper work. Basically a parasite.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    oxygen:
    WHO SAYS DR. CHEE IS WRONG when he said a nation stolen?

    Dr. Chee was wrong!!! it should be ” A Nation Raped by its leaders and Stolen by Others ” and I don’t mean Eurasians they are too small a number

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  • Change We Must:

    The PAP government is a big joker.

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  • Flipping the bird to u:

    MarBowling:
    Indeed Mai Hum tried to pian ginna(bluff the children). Kenna Backfire. Yesterday, a student from the Henry Park Primary School showed the extreme displeasure on behalf of ALL True Blue Singaporean, by POINTING the Extended Rude Middle Finger at Mai Hum.

    Will Mai hum charge the boy n put him in shackles or ask him to make a public apology?
    Ha ha ha…good boy.

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  • indignity:

    The office of the presidency has been treated with indignity by the pap gov, whose authority is slowly being undermined and eroded by their suka-suka changing policy. The country is slowly becoming a one country, two systems (one for the elitist PAP and their cronies, another for the rest of us).

    Even Madam Halimah has not been spared the indignity by her own party. They don’t trust that she is capable of winning the election on her own merits, so they tweak the EP to reserve the election for her. In the process, they subject themselves to become the laughing stock of the entire world by twisting facts (who is the first elected president?) and twisting birthtage (Indian Malay or Malay Indian?).

    It remains to be seen if all these monstrous abuses of the political system will come back to haunt the PAP in future.

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  • cry fm cannot sue:

    Cry fm before teli cannot sue lest image of f damaged. Image already damaged what siblings publicly accused now stained with siblings public accusation and to the public who knows better than siblings so allegation carry more wt.

    besides is f image more impt and sacred that tge integrity and image of nation. lky and gct said no sue, means true resigned. lhl said also very loudly no sue means true resign but when itvhapoens to himself all aforesaid by lky. gct and lhl are all pure bullshit and needs not comply.

    so sinkies all very confused. what have been said are bullshits and what are not? GRC give minority representation. minor MP dropped out never mind anyone can fill the place is grc bullshit too since anyone can do the job why grc?

    The more these happens the most galle and wayang getting worse in quality since thd loban become too big to patch and patch. Pay and pay has degenerated to patch and patch and who then pay and pay for the patch and patch

    Good grief
    Is this what lky said he has all the talents in pap?
    Good grief.
    sinhapore pao skin becomes thicker, ticker, ticker and thicker, thicker
    ..
    Good grief

    No wonder Mr and Mrs Schooling have to pay to train the son for Oylmpic Gold and then wow claim claim and claim while thick becomes thicker.

    Shit really good grief
    Such a nice garden city has puin no more nice just good grief.

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  • Maxchewy:

    Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely! This is what’s happening now with the PM LHL!
    LKY was the first one and Son LHL the 2nd part.
    His state of mind has been aggravated with his ugly quarrel with his siblings esp LHY . Then there are criticisms of his incompetence and bullying ways. Misuse and abuse of power
    HY and WL alleged. His own bro and sis!
    Now there are Rumours that his old lymphoma cancer has returned. Not verified yet and may be untrue.
    But such great pressures attacking him from so many sides surely will stress him significantly? I’m sure they do as he’s only as human as us.
    Stress esp huge stress can affect your body significantly to awaken old cancer cells still lurking in your body.
    That’s a medical fact….
    MC
    11.8.17

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  • Never mind what we think?:

    Our Pledge states…regardless of Race…so as to build a democratic society.

    It is as clear as the light of day, die die want to deny TCB n place ownself check ownself people in place.This is called I check I balance. LOL!

    Yet, as to be expected, the result is a foregone conclusion.

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  • Minority representation?:

    If minority representation is so important in a GRC, why Mdm Wayang is allowed to vacate her seat?

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