Yaacob Admits He was “Very Uneasy about Reserved Election for Malays, Says He won’t be Running

Posted on Jan 9 2017 - 5:22pm by Redwire Singapore

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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 in the coming Presidential Election in 2017.

The 61-year-old is one of few Malay Singaporeans who can meet the criteria to become president, after the government worked to raise the eligibility criteria, and restrict PE2017 to Malay candidates only.

While stating that he was “very uneasy” with the idea of a reserved election, Dr Yaacob said he that he felt it was necessary for Singaporeans.

The reserved election has caused a stir amongst Singaporeans.

Some have speculated that it could be a ploy by the government to prevent popular former candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock from contesting once again and possibly winning, though the government has denied this.

Even amongst the Malays community, there seem to be many who share Dr Yaacon’s uneasiness, bordering on displeasure and anger at being taken for tokens.

 

 

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