Frequent tweaking of laws to ensure the perpetual survival of the PAP may ultimately cause its own demise

The Amendment to the Presidential Elections Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore have turned out to be as troublesome and messy as the last will of Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee Kuan Yew made seven wills and a codicil within a short period of two years. Yet the great care he took in making the will has resulted in serious disagreement among his children and the emergence of a national scandal. Sadly, a private Facebook post has also given rise to the use of an archaic law (a law that has since been repealed by our colonial master) against one of his grandchildren.

The saga surrounding the last will of Lee Kuan Yew has not ended despite the prime minister’s attempt to resolve the matter in a special parliamentary session. The allegations of abuse of power by the prime minister continue to bother the people.

Madam Halimah Yacob has finally decided to stand for election as the first reserved Malay president of Singapore. The impending reserved presidential election has run into a storm. It has raised the temper of a segment of the population and has become ugly. Regrettably, the government is the author of this unhappy state of affairs.

I say this because Madam Halimah Yacob is capable of winning the presidency in a multi racial contest. She is capable of trouncing multi-racial candidates and would have won on merits. Her personable qualities, experience in trade union work, humility and qualifications and the fact that she is a woman would have garnered more support than other candidates. Bear in mind that we have never had a woman president in our entire history.

If the government did not amend the laws, Madam Halimah Yacob would have been spared the many indignities, insults and unjust criticisms now levelled against her. The high office of the president would not have been so demeaned.

I have high regard for Madam Halimah Yacob. At the nomination centre in 2011, we shook hands and had a conversation. I was a SDP candidate for Yuhua and she was the PAP candidate for Jurong GRC.

I do not think there are many PAP candidates who would shake the hands of a member of the opposition. Politics in Singapore is exceedingly divisive and toxic. It is one of either you are with us (the PAP) or against us. Madam Halimah Yacob is perhaps the exception and I hope that if she is elected as president, she will be as “non-partisan and above politics” as the prime minister had advised her to be. Indeed, I wish she can exercise her powers independently and without having to consult or obtain the advice of the Council of Presidential Advisers or the cabinet as required by the law today.

The Singapore government is famous for its frequent tinkering of our Constitution and our laws. The Amendment to the Presidential Elections Act is just one of the many unnecessary amendments intended to ensure the ascendancy of a Malay president. Instead of ensuring certainty, it has undermined the high office of the president. It has given rise to Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s challenge on the constitutionality of the amendment and what constitutes 5 terms of office of an elected president.

The government needs to relax and stop tinkering with our Constitution and our laws. Frequent tweaking of laws to ensure the perpetual survival of the PAP may ultimately cause its own demise. Needless to say, the people are the losers.

Majulah Singapura!

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “Frequent tweaking of laws to ensure the perpetual survival of the PAP may ultimately cause its own demise”

  • Call A Spade A Spade:

    No need to be patronizing. Fatimah has zero capability and creditial to win any election on her own merit. She has no track record, just like many paper generals. She is there and chosen because she is a meek obedient, arse licker who is more interested in the money than serving the people or country. Just for the many parroting dim dumbo out there,
    Serving the PAP government does not equate serving the country. This country is now in tatters. Why the PAP is still there also defies sound logic.

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  • plse play fair:

    The impending reserved presidential election has run into a storm. It has raised the temper of a segment of the population and has become ugly. Regrettably, the government is the author of this unhappy state of affairs.
    ……………………..
    They dun care what we think or feel….we are just digits to them, to be manipulated, for their agendas and political survival.

    LKY once quipped ‘we do what is right, never mind what they think’.
    So till now that system prevails.

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  • Ah Fah:

    “However good a Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad. However bad a Constitution may be, if those implementing it are good, it will prove to be good.” – B. R. Ambedkar

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  • Sr Citizen:

    Rest assured that more laws are forthcoming to ensure that the failed models keep going to prop up an Aristocracy who are focused upon power preservation and perpetuity.

    Know the nature of these control freaks who are in politics to forge their habitat of new tribes. There is no shortage of such nations in the planet where rules by law of elites and sycophants prevail. That such nations are or will be Third Worlds are of no concerns to Elites who can flee dark holes.

    Nations are defined by a dominant Tribe with its core values. This nation has already been defined by the 70%. Call them what you want but the fact remains that the 30% are misfits and powerless if they stay in this ecosystem.

    The options for the 30% are stay amidst emerging cultures defined for you with a hope for change. Make sure that this is a hope and not blind faith. To quit for your next generation is also realistic and honorable. There are still oasis on this planet for those who take risks like our forebears.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Agree!!! I too had a high REGARD for her past work and for her to throw her life work as a woman of SUBSTANCE and receive all the BrickBracks and worse of all the demeaning of the Monkeys’ seat is something she should have had considered…The Pondan is NOT worth the salt to receive loyalty…if a person can screw his OWN Blood Relative Whatmore can he not do to suit his own selfish and evil purpose???

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  • Power Play:

    Ultimately it is the people that determines the kind of government they want. Sad to say that here we have many dumb majority. Period.

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  • Halimah is a dud:

    I have seen Halimah in action as a board member. Most of the time she was silent. She does not ask good questions. All her

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  • Halimah is a dud:

    I have seen Halimah in action as a board member. Most of the time she was silent. She does not ask good questions. All her comments were minor ones related to labour because she is with NTUC. It was clear her expertise is extremely limited. Without a doubt, she will be another PAP stooge like Tony Tan.

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  • oxygen:

    FOR ALL THOSE POLITICAL MANIPULATION of electoral process, it would do a lot of justice AND GOOD BENEFITS to national dignity if voters do a “HILLARY CLINTON” slap on the PAPpys in this coming election.

    Election law has become a shamble and scoundrel of political manipulation Are we next going to have the next GRC requirement that it must include some queer specie like strayed cat or monkey lovers, civil servants, military background or trade union or proven politically correct sexuality preferences etc etc etc?

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  • oxygen:

    @ Halimah is a dud

    A KEY STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY of elected president is to keep an eye watch on national reserves, HOW COME RACE instead of a strong background in finance and accounting is the exclusion criteria.

    I have a compelling apprehension that – without this finance/accounting background requisite – voters will be choosing politically-correct dud among all duds and the elected role reduced to one of kissing baby bottoms and cutting ribbons yet again.

    IT IS A MONKEY SHOW of sorts.

    Which elected or backdoor shafted in president ever asked about our CPF which is part of our national reserves?

    Halimah is a dud: I have seen Halimah in action as a board member. Most of the time she was silent. She does not ask good questions. All her

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  • Mainstreet Citizen:

    Non-Partisan? Sorry lah, her performance in parliament pales in comparison to Michael Palmer. As for when she was a leader in union, many good jobs in the union went to non-Singaporeans (remember the marketing director from Malaysia who was subsequently sacked?) and many rank n file employees were reduced to contract service workers without the bonuses, etc while they themselves were smiling at their CPF statements.

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  • Perspective:

    There is no honor in winning a competition if it is done through cheating, rigging, and other foul methods to take unfair advantage over your opponents. It brings dishonor to the the title and discredits the competition, the organizers, and the winner. In politics, it brings dishonor to the office and discredits the office bearer.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Halimah is a dud:
    I have seen Halimah in action as a board member. Most of the time she was silent. She does not ask good questions. All her comments were minor ones related to labour because she is with NTUC. It was clear her expertise is extremely limited. Without a doubt, she will be another PAP stooge like Tony Tan.

    That my fren is WHAT the PAP wants leh!!!

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  • LIONS:

    Bllinking scholars kiasu as always.
    So they TWEAK N TWEAK N RE-tweak to suit their own purposes.

    Todau HY is a malay brcos of her malayness n not becos her ic states indian?
    Tomorrow,HY is an indian becos her ic indicates indian???

    Do u know part of SERANGOON in the vicinity of NEX is grouped under MARINE PARADE GRC?

    … i was passing by n trying to find the SEA????

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  • rukidding:

    By nature and human habits…..”Spring Cleaning” are almost “always” done at the “last minute” !

    History has shown it to be true !

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  • Demise is guaranteed:

    Demise is Guaranteed. No lawyer dare to guarantee this guarantee will not be a guarantee.

    Any smart person knows the demise is absolutely guaranteed.

    Of course the system is flawed.

    But the issue is, will we see the demise in our lifetimes ?

    It could take near to infinity with unquestioning majority like the 70%.

    I won’t say they are brainless, brainwashed or timid.
    Why would I say that??

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