As the presidential elections nomination day nears, the rhetoric and spinning by the PAP ministers and the compliant media, is going up notch by notch.
The constitution provides for the presidential election day to be held within certain parameters. Section 17A 2(b) says the following:
Election of President
17A.—(1) The President is to be elected by the citizens of Singapore in accordance with any law made by the Legislature.
(2) Any poll for the election of President must be held as follows:(a) in the case where the office of President becomes vacant prior to the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent and a writ for the election has not been issued before such vacation of office or, if so issued, has already been countermanded — within 6 months after the date the office of President becomes vacant; or(b) in any other case — not more than 3 months before the date of expiration of the term of office of the incumbent.
This was brought up by Prof Kevin Tan that not holding the elections within the last quarter of the sitting president’s term would be running foul of the constitution.
Kevin, who has questioned, rightfully, the legitimacy of the racial requirement, was rebuffed about the actual date of the elections being held after the end of the term of the sitting president.
The pooh-pooh was by one “minister” as reported in a MSM today, 9th September 2017:
This “minister”‘s reasoning is incredibly shallow and very self serving on many points.
He is disingenuous to say that by electing a successor before the end of term, the incumbent is a lame duck. How naive does this minister think Singaporeans are? If it was going to be “pre-maturely turfing out”, why is it in the constitution? Is this “minister” a constitutional expert?
The president is in no position to do anything to begin with. He is advised by the Council of Presidential Advisors who in turn are accountable to the Parliament. If there is anyone in a straight jacket by virtue of the office, the office of the president is one such place.
I would be much happier if these PAP minions came out and told the truth about the whole sham of a racially defined presidential election (or as the PM spins as a “hiatus-triggered model“). They just did not want Dr Tan Cheng Bock to stand for election because he would have done what President Ong Teng Cheong raised but was prevented and the successors did not attempt, to get down to the truth of the reserves and all things associated with it.
It is getting even more stupid with former PM, Goh Chok Tong, saying that:
… this year is “quite unpopular with a large proportion of the population because it goes against the principle of meritocracy”.
So, if it is indeed unpopular and it is going against the principle of meritocracy, why do it?
He reasons in the same speech:
“We have succeeded because we started very early from day one. Everybody is equal and yet you know their differences. We try and make them equal in result when we can – on a fair and just principle basis,” Mr Goh said in response to a question about how Singapore has been able to manage race relations.
How about we say that the PM post should go to a non-Chinese Singaporean? Why is that not being said?
We all know that DPM Tharman is genuinely liked by everyone – including those of us who won’t vote PAP. Why isn’t Chok Tong and the rest of the PAP cabinet expressing the need for a non-Chinese Singaporean as the next PM?
Once you open up the pandora’s box on race based politics, it is hard to close it.
If anything, this presidential election will be the turning point to a Singaporean Singapore. I feel it in my gut.
Let’s call the bluff on this election.