New Laws needed for By-Election

Since candidates standing for election in a GRC must include at least one member from a minority racial community, its only fair for consistency for such an implementation mandate to be carried through to the period of running the constituency e.g. such as having a minority representation be replaced by a new minority representation democratically through an electoral voting when the former departs from the GRC mid-term

I’m not fighting on the point that the by-election should be carried out merely for the sake of “ensuring minority representation”. Because in an ideal society – we would be able to see pass racial lines, go beyond positive discrimination, and hold the confident belief that MPs can serve everyone fairly regardless of diverse identities. Hence instead and rather, I’m fighting on the point that there should be consistency in how the GRC system is carried out, as how it was intended to function – which is for a GRC to have at least one minority representation present to run their constituency throughout the 4 years.

Following through with my point, since there is no statistical rule about majority representation, I wouldn’t see the need for an by-election to replace that particular individual of a majority representation.

If the mandatory rule that there has to be at least one minority representation in an GRC during election is removed, I would likewise agree that there is no need for a by-election to replace a minority representation departing from that GRC.

I disagree that a by-election can only be held when all members vacate their seats. The role of running a GRC was made for 4-6 members. If hypothetically only one MP remains due to unforeseen circumstances, he obviously would not be able to carry out his duties effectively as he is taking on 4-6 times his role.

As such, I agree with Nominated MP Thio Li-ann filing of motion in Parliament (in August 2016 even though it was eventually voted out) calling for new laws to require a by-election should the minority member or half or more members of a GRC vacate their seats in midterm.

 

* Article first appeared on Offbeat Perspectives.

 

 

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23 Responses to “New Laws needed for By-Election”

  • oxygen:

    SOMEONE MUST ASK PAPpy this – if you have a mandatory 6 “GRC” chickens in the coop and the elected presidency race stole one of them, how many chickens are left inside the coop?

    Waiting customers are angry!

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  • oxygen:

    IT IS NO GOOD SUBSTITUTING the stolen “chicken” with the “keeper read poultry farmer”, the P_I_M_P is not sitting inside the fish tank waiting for customer’s selection.

    The annoyed customers got less choices available Is this not true?

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  • ganeshsk:

    LKY PULLED A FAST ONE WHEN HE TRIED TO IMPLEMENT THE GRC PAPER. BUT NO ONE AT THAT TIME RAISE THE POSSIBILITY OF THE SCENARIO WE ARE FACING NOW. SO NOW PAP GOT THE MANDATE THEY DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE THE RULES. ANY RULE IN FACT , BUT CAN MAKE THEIR OWN NEW RULES WITH IMPUNITY.

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  • Bapak:

    Rubbish

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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-election. Try submitting an application without a minority candidate to stand in a GRC ward during the GE! I bet your application will be thrown out and your application fee forfeited!

    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 calling a by election would now mean the government has broken the law which it promulgated.

    This also means that the minority citizens of marshaling-yew tee are not served from now till 2020!

    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!

    However, as SDP will consider taking pinkie’s Government to court, as responsible citizens who observe the Rule of Law, we shall pledge $100/- (hope we can use the NS vouchers for payment to the courts) to support SDP’s legal challenge!

    Dr Chee should try hiring one of the big 4 legal firms.

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  • She looks more like ET than EP:

    In order that a PAP endorsed candidate would be guaranteed the EP seat, rules were CHANGED so that they’d get who they want.

    In order to ensure PAP would remain in-charge of their GRC when one member resigned, they say there’s NO NEED TO CHANGE laws to hold a By-election.

    In singlish, we say, change also they say. No need to change also they say. Simply put, everything only PAP has the say. No need to care what the people say.

    And the dumb PAP supporters and people outside of sg still say, SG prides itself as a democratic society. Democratic, my foot!

    The power hungry and greedy for million dollars salaries people are not only shaming themselves and their families, they’re also disgracing their religions. What values were instilled in them that they think they’re doing the right things, if I may ask Mother Halimah first?

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  • RDB:

    Dear Editor,

    Your web pages are very unstable in many ways. Can even cause Firefox to crash then reappear. Scrolling is not normal too. As with mouse, rolling down can cause page to go back up to the top heading. Same happens with Page up & Down as well as arrow keys.

    No problems with other websites. So it isn’t browser issue.

    Kindly look into it. Hope your great Techie Andrew is still with you!

    RDB

    Tech: Try using IE or chrome as we are using a lot of plugins which may not be compatible with all browsers . Will also look into this and see if we can fix it. Thank you.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    These Rules & Laws or whatever the EVIL BASTARD now DEAD as a DOORNAIL created just like the ILLUSIONs are meant for his and his familEEE keepsake!!! see how the one who sashays trying his UTMOST even screwing his siblings to carry out these Evil DEEDs

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  • Sesapore Street:

    Hohoho! Oh pls! They already have problem counting up to 5. Btw, this GRC has only 4 chickens and they still can’t get it right.

    oxygen:
    SOMEONE MUST ASK PAPpy this – if you have a mandatory 6 “GRC” chickens in the coop and the elected presidency race stole one of them, how many chickens are left inside the coop?

    Waiting customers are angry!

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  • nathan:

    NO GRC, NO BY-ELECTION ARGUMENT. LESS PROBLEM FOR ALL. ELECTIONS WILL BE MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD. NO PIGGY RIDES INTO PARLIAMENT. BEST MAN WINS.

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  • Bapak:

    They don’t called him Dishonorable One for nothing. China will tell him to observe the Rule of Law at home before telling them what to do on South China Sea.

    Hyprocrisy at HIS highest level. What a shame! Please don’t even tell the world you are PM of a country.

    Nothing Burger:

    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 calling a by election would now mean the government has broken the law which it promulgated.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    The GRC, along with redrawing “new” electoral boundaries, was concocted by the PAP, to halt any visible or tangible dominance/threat by any opposition party. And of course, “new” laws have to be drawn up in support of such.

    Problem is, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, especially if it was “conjured” up to serve continued dominance and self serving goals/objectives.

    The current EP, case in point !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • opposition dude:

    It doesn’t matter if minority representation is used as the basis for a BE, it does not change the fact that one member has vacated.

    The unwillingness of PAP to hold a BE for Marsiling Yew Tee tells us all just how scared they are.

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  • What Law You Talking About?:

    Rightfully, there must be a By Election!

    If Mr Manap from WP resign as MP of Aljunied GRC, you think there will be no By-Election? Come on lah, let’s grow up!

    Vote for a new ‘LawMaker’ in the coming PE!

    Singapore becoming Lawless these days!

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  • kf:

    No point trying to get away from by elections because the laws are not explicit. The lady candidate is more interested in collecting her millions than maintaining the spirit of her elected mp role.

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    She looks more like ET than EP:

    ….., they’re also disgracing their religions. What values were instilled in them that they think they’re doing the right things,……

    They ALL worship the female Pinky demon, the closeted Empress Pontan, the supreme ownself anointed ownself natural aristrocratess, the ONE and only fainting crocodile tears Mistress of the Nation, Mdm Pinky.

    Enough said. All bow and spit ( PUI ) in honor of a FAKE society of Fake Democracy!

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  • LIONS:

    If HumLEEma becomes EP,SG will have its FIRST TAINTED MALAY PRESIDENT.

    Why so cowardLEE n afraid to call a BY-ELECTION?

    If you claim yourselves as meritocratic,BEHAVE LIKE ONE.

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  • Change We Must:

    Based on PAP definition an Indian lady can become Malay lady, therefore all MPs in the GRC can also become any race once PAP ownself approve ownself. Nuts! what type of constitution is this???

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  • CCS is a farker:

    What if they , oh, it’s for the luv of the country that they are doing so?

    It’s an evergreen excuse that is like a wildcard excuse for all occasions.

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  • Prostitute if no cronyism:

    Without cronyism, many rich would be a prostitute by now given their Character.

    The problem is the people and not the garment.

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  • Halimah, Irresonsible?:

    Halimah joined the pap grc team as fair respresentation for the Malays or the minority race as PAP would like to identify them. PAP must have thought its Chinese MPs cannot treat his constituents as Singaporeans bit as racial groups perhaps differently, otherwise there is no reaons for GRC, isn’t it?

    Halimah judt for her personal upgrading suka suka abandoned her sworn obligation as a minority representative to go for presidency also reserved for the Malays but with more ceremonial duties and other duties for which late President Ong oncrred torrential rage of LKY just trying to fulfil his role as EP vested with such responsibility so much so that his wife photo was removed from all public establishment at LKY assertion there is no First Lady but mysteriously Mrs Nathan and Mrs Tan got back their photo hanging beside thrir President husband.

    Now PAP said there is no need to have a by election to repace Halimah becos the other Chinrese MPs can look after or the PAP constiturency assistant not people rlected can fill in for her. if this is so why in the first place got GRC.? is PAP wayanging Singaporeans thinking we are stupid or what?

    So now PAP says no Minority MP still can work. Is PAP setsbits own goal post and shift as itblikes as GCT like to use this analogy? Honourable Chief Justice is PAP above the laws and do suka suka whenever it suits them? Is the Party Chidf bigger than you and can decide what should be the lawds even there is onr againstbthe laws he fixes as things turn out? Please advise Singaporeans so that we don’t have yo kpkb as saidvonce in his facebook.

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  • give you a "perfect" solution:

    //SOMEONE MUST ASK PAPpy this – if you have a mandatory 6 “GRC” chickens in the coop and the elected presidency race stole one of them, how many chickens are left inside the coop?//

    well, white idiots may give you a “perfect” solution (aka as white idiotic wayang). they will put in a cockroach and may say “look there is your chicken” and “cockroach has more legs and it will serve you better.”

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  • Vote for A By-Election!:

    We can push for it by not voting the PAP endorsed candidate at the coming PE.

    This is the only way in which we will be heard loud and clear!

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