Why I disagree with PM Lee’s defence of the Reserved Presidential Election

“How would the minorities feel, if year after year, the President of Singapore is almost always a Chinese? In the long term, such a scenario will forment deep unhappiness and must erode the founding values of our nation”. The above quote by PM Lee Hsien Loong underlines and justifies the tweaking of our Constitution to welcome a so-called “Malay” President.

In more than half a century living in Singapore – mixing with the everyday HDB uncles and aunties, working for wealthy employers, among colleagues of different races – I dare say that none of them voiced his/her unhappiness over the races of our Presidents until PM Lee came out with his Presidential race rhetoric.

Besides exercising executive powers on 2 issues, our President remains largely a ceremonial Head of State and thus engineering a Reserved Presidency is therefore mere tokenism. Furthermore, some of our past Presidents were truly outstanding People’s Presidents – among them were men like the late Mr. Ong Teng Cheong and Dr. Wee Kim Wee.

If PM Lee’s argument holds water that our minorities will feel deeply unhappy in that year after year that the President is almost always Chinese, then wouldn’t today’s minorities (who are more educated and worldly) feel even more unhappy that the Prime Minister of Singapore is always a Chinese?

Now that the Pandora’s box is opened, what if going forward, minorities voices demand for a minority PM grow louder and more vociferous? Should we then compromise for racial harmony sake and sacrifice meritocracy for the appointment of a minority PM? How long more can excuses such as Singaporeans are not ready for a minority PM?

After all, the Prime Minister of Singapore is not merely a figurehead and there is strong support among the Chinese for Tharman to become PM!

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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23 Responses to “Why I disagree with PM Lee’s defence of the Reserved Presidential Election”

  • disagree no use:

    disagree no use one.

    INDIAN is malay approved by a pliant parleement.

    only way is to vote OPPO.

    there is no other way.

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  • opposition dude:

    Goondu Loong is way too goondu to realise that he has played the race card. If the minorities really did feel this way then what about the FACT that the PM has always been chinese? Would the minorities not feel the same way that there has never been a malay or indian PM ever?

    So for the PM issue he once again spewed rubbish by saying that the majority chinese voters wouldn’t be comfortable with a minority race PM and that was it. Where did he get the info on the chinese being uncomfortable?

    So you see, the useless PM will tell you some nice story about this and that as and when he sees fit. He expects all of us to accept whatever he says too!

    Truly an idiot too smart for his own good.

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  • Bapak:

    It is all about power and money. Can an SM’s wife be CEO of TheMaSick?

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  • TruBlu:

    The PM statement shud not be what if sgs ask why chinese president year after year.
    He shud say WHY THE *ELECTED PRESIDENT* IS A PAP KAKI-NANG everytime???

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Morons:

    The President go for National Day. Attend charity TV specials.

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  • Asd:

    Saying half truth which are basically lies without blinking an eye bat and are educated ?

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  • A PE Farce:

    In the end they chose an Indian! Even the Malays could not qualify! They sure chose an opportune time to change the rules to keep TCB out of the Presidential race. By applying the same argument, the other races can now demand that PM position should also be rotated among the races every four years.

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  • leejiayougeloongdaizi:

    I actually worry for our ‘MALAY’ president. What will happen to her after she passed on?

    Heaven has to reject her coz she betrayed her roots. A betrayal can’t be in Heaven. She is ’ming ming’ an Indian. How can she become a MALAY President? Indian Muslim is not a Malay!

    Hell also can’t accept her coz her identification paper says she’s an Indian. But she was a sg’s MALAY President! Wrong person.

    Poor thing but she reaps what she sows. She’ll most likely be a wandering soul, with no place to rest in peace. Is it worth being compensated with millions for being some scheming people’s puppet? After a person dies, everything becomes nothing.

    So, Do Good, Do Now. Don’t regret only when you’re on your death bed.

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  • Dr M is also an indian:

    Dont hear no complaints over there.

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  • Hooray! hooray:

    Hooray! hooray!
    It’s a happy happy holiday
    There’s a country fair not far away
    On a Bank’s window the dingdong bell
    On the loop di loop we swing and swoop
    And what… why not a country but a certain family’s poop?

    Hooray! hooray!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    If race was really that important in our political system, what happened to minority representation in the GRC. Why it was only for during election period only?

    Why are we not sure if an Indian is a Malay or not?

    I don’t care if our President is a Malay or not. I only care for an competent PM, Chinese or not. Now my Chinese PM is a screwed up. Give me a minority PM, I am ready for it!!

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  • sgs first please:

    we dont care what color or creed our president or PM is..as long as he or she does a good job of taking care of sg citizens first before helping tons of aliens with jobs housing n education..
    .plus giving out sg citizenship so cheaply like tissue paper!
    how to be proud of our country when we are being sidelined & displaced in our own country.

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  • A PE Farce:

    We pledge ourselves as one united society “regardless of race, language or religion” and yet they have allowed race and religion to come to play in the PE.

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  • Harder Truths:

    He did not answer even to the old man – why should he answer to you? Why should he? When he has so many votes why should he be afraid of you?

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  • Don't Lie Pinky:

    If we are really concerned that A Malay should take turn to be the President, then since the first President is a Malay (Inche Yusoff Ishak) 50 years ago, why didn’t they mention it 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years or even 40 years ago.

    Why now, when Dr Tan Cheng Bock have a very good chance of winning the Presidential election. They made sure that Dr Tan cannot be elected President by changing the law. Do you think Sporeans can be fooled easily ?

    And worse still although they wanted a Malay President, they have instead put an India as President. So Indian can be considered as a Malay as long as Pinky said so. WTF

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  • About rulers and the ruled:

    Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said:

    “The best of your leaders are those whom you love and they love you too; those who pray for you and you pray for them. And the worst of your leaders are those whom you detest and they also detest you; you utter curses upon them and they also curse you.”

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  • Best President:

    The people only want the best President.
    They don’t care about his or her race or religion.

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  • MarBowling:

    Mai Hum and D Trump have same or similar DNA: say and do what you think is RIGHT! Don’t care what other people say!

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Best President:
    The people only want the best President.
    They don’t care about his or her race or religion.

    True.

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    Dr M is also an indian:
    Dont hear no complaints over there.

    there is a very big difference.

    Dr Mahatir’s PM ship is by internal election per election rules. Not a declared rule that PM in Msia must be true malay.

    pap president on the other hand is by legislated rule via pap parleement must be malay yet turns out to be 100% INDIAN on 4 fronts, her papa is INDIAN, her IC says INDIAN, mendaki says INDIAN, she herself lamented about her INDIANness.

    not the same at all. but good try. fail.

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  • Rose:

    Paper roses are not real.

    Don’t has the fragrance.

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  • AristoCATs - ReFraming arg:

    Mr. Pink – “How would the minorities feel, if year after year, the President of Singapore is almost always a Chinese?”
    -

    Many agreed that the above is a poor reason.
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    Why?
    It immediately falls apart as the writer stated –

    > “the Prime Minister of Singapore is always a Chinese?”
    -
    So why do the AristoCATs used such a poor reason to ram their wish?
    bcos “they can” . . .
    -
    Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • a PG:

    Always insulting the intelligence of Singaporeans by spewing that we are not ready for a Chinese race PM. Many Singaporeans are educated and graduated from Unis, JCs, Polys, ITEs, etc, are you going to insult their brains or that these groups of peoples are brainless. If the parti against peoples think so, then, our education system is considered a failure !!

    I think when he expressed that “WE are not ready for a Chinese PM”, the word WE are not ordinary Singaporeans. But “WE” refers the collective views of million$$$ parti against peoples gang who feared of Dr Tan Cheng Bok becoming the next and truly Singapore President we would be proud of. Instead, we got a papresident w/o voting! They change constitutions and rules to suit themselves and to retain the $$$millions whilst the middle and lower income earners struggle their lives.

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