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Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim has ruled himself out of the race to become Singapore’s next president. He also admitted in an interview with local Malay newspaper Bertia Minggu that he was “very uneasy” at first about having a “reserved election” for Malay candidates only. Dr Yaacob said he is presently happy with his role, and does not see himself contesting...

GOH MENG SENG: It is NOT a RESPONSIBLE decision to put a person with KNOWN SERIOUS Health Problem up as a candidate for GE. Worse still, did not disclose or declare his serious health conditions during the GE. To have a known liver problem which needs liver transplant is a SERIOUS health issue and it may end up with a MP who may not be able to carry out his duty as MP effectively most of the time....

RONALD LEE: He had the charm, the grace, and even a lucky name. And win in Punggol-East SMC did Charles Chong You Fook (“got luck” in Mandarin). It looked almost impossible, but the PAP man laid the smackdown on the WP’s Lee Li Lian and left her with a tearing face full of Punggol-East dirt. But was the decision to send a sick Lucky Charlie a sign of the PAP’s desperation, and even irresponsibility? Veteran...

OSMAN: The government has set a new standard by allowing the next Presidential Election to be reserved for Malay candidates only. So don’t you think it’s only right that this be extended to the General Election too? The present GRC system is supposed to ensure minority representation in parliament, and it is a commendable effort. But with the government’s new benchmark for racial representation,...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that a non-Chinese person could become prime minister one day. He was speaking to Malaysian newspaper Bernama in an interview involving Singapore’s hotly-debated upcoming presidential election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates only. The presidential election must be held by August 2017. Delving more into the prospect of a non-Chinese being elected...

A petition that was started asking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to apologise to China has increased in scope. Now, petitioners are also demanding that our PM say sorry to the US too! To date, 31 people have signed the petition. Brendan Zhong, who started the petition, said: “It also seems that PM Lee also offended Donald J. Trump after he won the US election. So those that say we are traitors...

KOK FEI: Almost half of Britons voted to stay in the EU, but that wasn’t enough because a little more than 50 percent voted to leave. In the US, Donald Trump won the hard-fought contest to be president, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. That’s democracy in action, where the minority group yields to the will of the majority. Several commentaries have been written here decrying...

RONALD LEE: The government has gone on and on about the need for Singapore to have a representative from the Malay community as president. It has cited barriers, such as Singaporeans’ covert racism. If there are other barriers mentioned, I haven’t heard of them. But it’s the government itself which reeks of that, not Singaporeans. Look at the history of the presidential election: Wee...

In the aftermath of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement yesterday that the Presidential Election 2017 will be reserved for Malays only, Singapore’s online realm has been flooded with angry comments from almost all factions of society, regardless of race or religion. But what’s perhaps most jarring for the government is the opposition it has faced from the Malay community itself, with...

The Online Citizen editor Terry Xu has struck out at Dr Tan Cheng Bock for not giving face at a Hong Lim Park event he had organised which was aimed at speaking against changes to the Elected Presidency. Dr Tan, a former presidential candidate, didn’t show up at the event on Saturday (5 Nov) even though Xu had invited him to attend. Xu was angry at being rebuffed as the event had been organised...

Chinese, Indian or Eurasian? Sorry, you need not apply. The next presidential election, which will be held in 2017, will be reserved for Malay candidates only. We’ve finally gotten confirmation straight from the horses’ mouth, after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the move in parliament today. It follows a proposed change to the constitution to reserve an election for a particular...

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, also known as the man who just got blocked from contesting in the upcoming Presidential Election, has hit out at government agency REACH for declaring that he didn’t sign up to participate in a public forum which it organised regarding the PE. The forum was supposed to take on yesterday, and feature participants such as Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam (who singled...

You’ve been clamouring for it, and given that about 70 percent of Singapore agrees with you, that means the guy next to you most likely wanted it too. But no, DPM Tharman isn’t going to become the next Singapore prime minister – at least, not if he can help it. Following the recent Yahoo/Blackbox poll that showed a majority of Singaporeans want the bald eagle to nest in the PM hot...

RONALD LEE: The Singapore government is mooting the idea of making the coming Presidential Election a one-race race. Its justification is that minorities must be given a leg up because the majority can be racist when picking our leaders. The government has been proven wrong. This study done by Blackbox Research and commissioned by Yahoo earlier this month shows that 69 percent of 897 respondents,...