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 Post subject: Singapore presidential elections made comical non-event
PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:07 am 
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The results have been decided even going to the polls. The ruling government / party wants a female Malay professional as president. All the other potential candidates do not stand a chance because they do not meet the stringent racial and wealth management eligibility among other criteria.

Has politics gone communal? A largely ceremonial position turned into one to guard national reserves, then watered down when the late President Ong Teng Cheong started asking questions. Now the government wants to promote racial harmony and reassure the minorities by narrowing down the preferred candidate to achieve national objectives.

Some previous candidates certainly don't meet the minimum criteria, needless to mention the raised bar. However, one popular former member of parliament, Dr Tan Cheng Bock does not seem to give up, or at least hypothetically, to highlight that he is eligible if not for the recent changes based on argument that is at odds with historical record of what the race of the first and last elected Presidents were. It should be an open elections, argued Tan.

http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/tan-cheng-bock-questions-ep-changes

However, detractors who are mostly supporters of the ruling party, accuse Tan of not knowing his limits and being overly ambitious and persistent in chasing an impossible dream.

On the other hand, Tan proves very popular, that resignation is not the name of the game for his supporters. Some citizens have made a joke of the whole affair.
Take it with a tub of salt but have a good laugh.

To be eligible, Dr Tan can be adopted by a Malay family. More recently, scientists found that Tan has peranakan blood.

As for Prime Ministers, it appears that only Chinese are eligible. Hence, another popular Minister Tharman has been passed because he is Indian. Again, he could be adopted by a Chinese family. In fact, his wife is ethnic Chinese Singaporean.

http://newnation.sg/2016/11/malay-family-adopts-tan-cheng-bock-steamrolls-path-to-elected-presidency/
http://newnation.sg/2017/03/scientists-discover-tan-cheng-bock-has-traces-of-peranakan-blood/

Singapore has pride itself to be a secular and meritocratic society with some built in safety nets. It should not dabble in communalism as its neighbour has done with disastrous results.
Take it or leave it! Ultimately, it's the people who call the shots who must bear the consequences but not without repercussions on the rest of the population.


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 Post subject: Re: Singapore presidential elections made comical non-event
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How restrictive are the eligibility tests in terms of inclusion and exclusion of certain desirable or prohibited personalities?
Why do rules need to be changed every few years by who and for whom?


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 Post subject: Re: Singapore presidential elections made comical non-event
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:40 pm 
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orange blossom wrote:
How restrictive are the eligibility tests in terms of inclusion and exclusion of certain desirable or prohibited personalities?
Why do rules need to be changed every few years by who and for whom?


This is why the knowledge and wisdom of the ruling class is so important in any country.


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