77 Percent Don’t Agree that Minorities Must be Given Greater Chances to Become President

A majority of Singaporeans don’t feel that it’s a must that a person from a minority group be accorded greater chances to become president.

This was what Blackbox Research discovered in a survey of 2688 persons.

Only 23 percent of those polled said that it’s “absolutely necessary” to ensure that minorities get greater opportunities to become president.

The remaining 77 percent either said that that’s “good to have” or “not necessary”.

The survey found that what Singaporeans found important was the need for the president to have the power to act as a check and balance against the government when it comes to the nation’s reserves.

53 percent said that it was “absolutely necessary” for the president to have such powers.

The results of the Blackbox Research survey were released on Saturday (17 Sept), a day after the government released its White Paper in response to the commission tasked with reviewing the elected presidency.

One hot topic that has emerged is the possibility that the next Presidential Election will be reserved from a person of one of the core minority racial groups.

The move has been heavily criticised for being a step backwards for meritocracy in Singapore.

It appears from the results of the survey that Singaporeans are looking more for an Ong Teng Cheong like figure, regardless of race.

During his tenure as president, the late Mr Ong he demanded to know how much was in the reserves because he was tasked with guarding it – prompting the now infamous reply form the Account-General that it would take 56 man-years to give him a dollar and cent value.

Mr Ong also pressed the government to formalise the constitutional powers of the president.



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