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.