From the Horse’s Mouth: Presidential Election 2017 only for Malay Candidates

Posted on Nov 8 2016 - 4:30pm by Redwire Singapore

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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 racial group if no one from that race has served as president in the past 5 continuous terms.

Candidates running in these reserved elections will have to meet the same proposed stricter eligibility criteria as those running in open elections.


(Oops, did we catch Ms Tin Pei Ling koon-ing at 27″?)

Meanwhile, the move (the Malay-candidate-only rule, not Ms Tin koon-ing) has met with opposition from many quarters, including parts of the Malay community.

Some have speculated that it was a ploy to ensure popular public figure Dr Tan Cheng Bock will be ruled out from running, though Law Minister K Shanmugam has previously quashed such talk.

 

 

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  1. vtgfybnuj November 9, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    No matter who the PAP put to be president, he/she sure will just be an useless yes man. In fact being a president in sg is just a scapegoat for the gov. By right all the politicians in the house must be elected by the people only, because 70% Singaporeans/new citizens vote blindly and caused what has become of today.

    I’m afraid to say that, in future they might amend the constitutions even further by disqualify people with previous court charges or criminal records cannot contest in GE any more. Then Roy and etc all will be out for good. They can do this if they want to, but then again some of their minister/MP also got charged before. Is a win win to them, if they really take this kind of extreme approach.

    What the oppositions can do now is to get talents in all kinds of areas, so to protect each other and what ever tricks PAP is playing, you can counter them back. Like having businessman, professionals from all walks of lives/different races. While currently like WP mainly consist of lawyers only, where people may only think they know how to talk only. Know nuts about economy and etc to replace PAP.

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