If you’re the kind who believes in slip of the tongues are spontaneous and truthful, then that’s a very strong possibility.
You see, Maj-Gen Chan Chun Sing, who’s the PAP party whip, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, addressed Mdm Halimah as “Mdm President” while speaking in parliament today.
Just prior to that, he had announced that the coming Presidential Election will take place in September 2017 so that campaigning will take place outside of National Day.
Current president Tony Tan’s term in office will end on 31 Aug 2017.
Maj-Gen Chan said he hopes eligible Malay candidates will step forward to contest.
He said that the Chinese community upholds multiracialism and thanked community leaders for playing a critical role in this.
Following that, Workers’ Party MP Sylvia Lim said that the WP opposes having a reserved election and the multiracial representation should be achieved by the appointment of a president.
Another WP MP, Pritam Singh, then asked whether there would be a by-election if a minority candidate such as Halimah Yacob stepped down to to run for president.
In his reply, Maj-Gen Chan addressed Mdm Halimah as “Mdm President” not once, but twice.
That impromptu address was reportedly accidental in nature.
Following Maj-Gen Chan’s reply, the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed, cementing the reservation of the coming presidential elections for Malay candidates only.
Besides Mdm Halimah, there’s been speculation that PAP MP Yaacob “Ponding” Ibrahim and former House Speaker Abdullah Tarmugi could be in the running for president.
Singapore’s first female president, anybody?