Unconstitutional to delay General Election

Unconstitutional to delay General Election (GE) and have the President forms caretaker government-Teo Chee Hian. I strongly disagree with Mr Teo. Let me explain.

It is no exaggeration to describe the current Covid-19 pandemic as the biggest threat to mankind that the world has seen since World War 2. Singapore is not spared and in fact, we have just recorded our highest daily new cases yesterday.

According to Goggle, “Constitution is a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according which a state or other organisations is acknowledged to be governed”.

Here is another explanation. A set of principles which maybe written or unwritten, that establishes the distribution of power within a political system, relationships between political institutions, the limits of of government jurisdiction, the rights of citizens and the method of amending the constitution itself.

Nowhere in those explanations state that constitutions are craved in stones. Sri-Lanka along with England, the United States, Serbia and the latest, Boliva all have elections coming up and all of them have their own constitutions too but all of them have decided to delay their elections in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.

If necessary, we can always seek the advice of some credible, independent and neutral constitutional experts and/or lawyers as to how we can delay our GE even beyond April 2021 or until such time when the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided sufficiently to make conducting a proper GE safe for the candidates, the huge crowds who will turn out to watch and listen at mass rallies and the electorates.

Whatever the government decides, I hope that it places the health and safety of our people as its prime consideration and not try to rush through the GE on some flimsy and frivolous excuses.

If the pap today is still a party of substance with good men and women who are courageous, who can and are willing to think, people with a conscience and bravely do what’s right and play lesser partisan politics and finally, whose hearts beat more with Singaporeans and lesser with their party.

It would be most unfortunate if the pap is today a party of more sound than substance with all yes men and women and unwilling to bite the hands that feed them, then why find excuses to conduct a reckless, irresponsible and unfair GE? To me, to exploit the pandemic and rush through a GE are very clear signs of a weak, cowardice and insecure government.

A decent government will find an acceptable and a fair way around April 2021 if they are truly caring of its citizens’ welfare, sincere and capable, otherwise, they will just find some convenient excuses to rush through the GE.

The Covid-19 pandemic is one such perfect and convenient excuse that too many of our blind sucking citizens are not astute and sophisticated enough to see through. Kindly share my post widely. Think.

 

Simon lim

 

 

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20 Responses to “Unconstitutional to delay General Election”

  • Asd:

    I think it is not right to put people’s life at risk for this instance its the whole nation

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  • Abolish GE:

    Technically speaking it’s possible to change the Constitution in a day right?
    If GE deadline is an issue, temporarily abolish GE from Constitution.

    It’s not like WP can do anything.

    Laws are meant to be changed.

    Given the risk of covid , there is no need for GE now until it’s cleared.

    Singaporeans have no desire for GE now. They just want ricebowl and health.

    National Reserves vs Penniless Opposition.

    What GE ?

    SINGAPOREAN psyche vs Opposition. What GE ?

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  • TruBlu:

    unCONstitutional,what THE F is that?!

    so,IT IS CONstitutional to TAKE AWAY JOBS sgs had been doing so well to ahnd them over to some lousy FTs armed with FAKE DEGREES that WERE PRIOR APPROVED BY MOM UNTIL they got found out?!!!!!

    and,IT IS CONstitutional to HAORD OUR ONLY SOURCE OF PENSION IN CPF?
    AND,scheme of WAY$ to SUCK THEM DRY LIKE MEDICAL ETC?

    Of course,if sgs are MADE JOBLESS,THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN MEDICALS AS WELL AND ADD GST,IT IS NO JOKING MATTER IF YOU NEED MAJOR SURGERY OR HAVE CHRONIC DISEASES?!!!!

    I SAY FARK YOU,I AM NOT GOING TO VOTE BECAUSE OF COVID AS I AM SURE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PAY FOR MY MEDICAL IF IS SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PNEUMONIA EVEN IF RECOVERE FROM COVID????

    FARK TO YOU ALL AND STOP BASHING US LIKE SOME DIRT ON THE GROUND!!!!

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  • @Abolish GE

    If you allow the party to abolish GE, it would be forever, all no need ever to vote liao. I am sure the party would be sibei happy to do so.

    The best option is for the president to declare a state of emergency and then abolish GE so that 6 months later, the abolisg GE law would no longer be effective.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    The dead LKY helped PAP win last GE, Covid 19 will help PAP win this GE. No one will pay attention to issues like high cost of living, HDB zero value after 99 years, CPF not your money, Foreign Trash steal your job etc….. anymore.

    All will just focus on how to deal with Covid 19. As much as I hate it, I think PAP will win big again this GE.. Especially with the failure of Dr. M coalition in Malaysia.

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  • MyVoteOfNoConfidence:

    all sgs with working brain cells already know this sgov runs this country on FEAR and CONTROL.
    only cowards and ppl with no substance treat others with force and fear..
    cowards n no substance..i agree.
    70% sgs are no better.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “…. if they are truly caring of its citizens’ welfare, sincere and capable, otherwise, they will just find some convenient excuses to rush through the GE.”

    Having a GE in the midst of this pandemic is the way the PAP showing the middle finger to the voters.

    Getting mandate this way is blatantly disregard of voters’ well being and it’s a ransom!

    This is the same as a renovation contract, after breaking up your apartment, asks for increase in contract sum. If you disagreed, the renovation work stop there and than. He compensates you with reduced sum of your deposit paid to him, just to show he is “sincere”.

    Isn’t this similar to threatening voters to vote for PAP, otherwise stop containing the virus.

    PAP knew other countries already containing the virus but it refuses to do the same. Instead it kept importing the virus, so that it becomes out of control.

    Voters are you going take this without a fight? Can you still take this bullying? If you can, you deserve PAP.

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  • Useless:

    https://youtu.be/qH5QzuzD01A

    Donald n Boris is saving you all from

    “DEPRESSED WAGES”

    IMPORTED so called “talent”

    From MY, CN, ID, PH, etc etc.

    No minimum WAGE for stupidos…

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Singapore GE a chance to change things for the better – Han Fook Kwang

    Absolutely right. Let managing the epidemic crisis be PAP’s “swan song”. Time for Singapore to have a new beginning under “new management”. Time for a paradigm shift, a new narrative with no “sacred cows” and self-serving “hard truths”. VTO.

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  • WakeupSG:

    “But can he accept that an early general election means that the ship will potentially carry many more Singaporeans infected with Covid-19, and is this the risk he is prepared to take with our overtaxed health crisis?”

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-ge-tan-cheng-bock-defends-proposal-to-delay-elections-by-having-president-form

    And Mr Lawrence Wong, the MMTF chairman is going to cry more for the frontline healthcare workers who are going to carry more burden if more Singaporeans are infected!

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  • Harder Truths:

    pappies are scared of two things that will topple them if the GE is pushed back

    1. CoV became worse and worse because of their stupidity. They want to boast to the world that they know better than all the experts in the world – because they are all ‘scholars’ and ‘generals’ – with no common sense. Their business friends demand it – so they must obey – never mind $G locals die or not.

    2. The US stock, bond and derivative markets have crashed and all the linked economies like $G will be badly hit in the coming months and years. More loss of real $G jobs, more FT to create false FT jobs, more overcrowding and gangsterism. TH and GIC are no doubt in dire straits and we will know this in the coming months. This will turn the people against the open-leg high-roolling casino policies of the clowns.

    So the GE has to be now. It is for the clowns’ survival. But it is also for the $G citizens’ being pushed into a slave-populated penal colony.

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  • Flichkshit:

    This fraking bast**d should be sent to hell to suffer then he will know how to Keep his CM mouth.

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  • Lord, in name Jesus, pls help!:

    We are continuing to debate “Want/Do not want”, but at the end still proceed. Then, what is the point keep on talking? Why not spend more time to help those people stuck in this crisis. If the government insist on going ahead for the election, we also cannot do anything to control the situation.

    We are seeing Dr Tan Cheng Bock put up efforts with support documents to convince them not to hold the election during the crisis. It seems that they are not listening and push it to the constitution. We got many MP in the parliament, and to changes the law, it is a call of a special meeting, the approval can be done within a few days, we do not need years to approve the change of this rigid constitution.

    I guess that they only way to the crisis to minimise the risk of more to the people, we have to pray to the Lord to grant us the wish to allow us with the power to stop unnecessary harm to the people, in Jesus name.

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  • One ShameYewCum:

    One ShameYewCum were said oh, it’s the law, don’t blame us. If you want you can push for change the law. But who created the law ? Who make changes to laws ?

    Laws can be changed. Meant to be changed. Designed to be changed. Change is the only constant next to masturbation.

    Unconstitutional? Make it Constitutional.

    All excuses can be made. English allows for oral masturbation. Use of Words.

    A Lessee owns a flat owned by HDB.

    Get it?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    GE is a MUST…CPF is a MUST…Million-dollar salaries is a MUST…

    But… Sickness – Welfare – Children & Elderlies is a “MUST” responsibilities for Families to “CARE” not the “evil PAP”

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  • A men:

    Lord, in name Jesus, pls help!:

    I guess that they only way to the crisis to minimise the risk of more to the people, we have to pray to the Lord to grant us the wish to allow us with the power to stop unnecessary harm to the people, in Jesus name.

    As a matter of fact, those religious leaders & their faithful can’t defend themselves from this microscopic thing called covid-19. Even the famous pastor & wife who supposed to have some healing power have also gone quarantined. In the name of Covid-19, respect it & stay indoor to do some soul-searching on what’s life about. The humble & wise ones could be saving themselves ….. for a long time.

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  • TruBlu:

    Why Sg govt must call it SAFE DISTANCING?
    IT IS CALLED SOCIAL distancing!!!
    What is SAFE DISTANCE?
    We can try to avoid only by SOCIALLY DISTANCING not in METRIC DISTANCE BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF THE WORD?

    If 1M is safe,then WHY WORRY if someone sneezes without covering nose or cough without covering mouth?

    In truth,even if you take all measures,there will be NATURAL GAPS like you can sanitize your habds but your forehead or neck may have virus deposited.
    After sanitising your palms,you touch your forehead and touch food etc?
    You can never 100 pct *KEEP* the CV away.

    So,better PRAY FOR SAFETY.
    YOUR PURSE CONTAIN GERMS !!!

    Therefore,never be arrogsnt.

    Try to be safe,thars all.

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    “When you are sailing into a storm, you want to be certain of who your captain is, and that he will not be changed halfway” – Teo Chee Hean

    A recent report by Reuters on the sinking of the South Korean ship, Sewol, related the high death toll among high school students in part to cultural reasons: “Many of the children did not challenge their parents, as is common in the Korean authoritarian culture. We have compensated for their compliance with their lives. “Blind compliance, like in the South Korean ferry disaster, can be cultural or automatic

    The moral price we will pay as a society for all those times we are unwilling to hold them accountable will come back to haunt us. Well, once again here is another proof of the veracity of his conclusions- we obey authority because it is coded in our genome, and society reinforces that for the same reason.

    Once thing is clear, whether we agree with Teo Chee Hean’s agenda or not, the ship was carrying 3 times the permitted cargo load. In addition to the irresponsibility of the captain, what about the corporate greed that led the shipping company to overload the cargo hold?

    Although at the helm of the ship of state, the captain is just a passenger like the rest of us. The men of yesteryear, who cared for others and would go down with the ship, are nowadays too busy philosophizing themselves — for what, I haven’t a clue.
    “Hell, no, I’m out of here.”

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  • oxygen:

    @ Sojourner of Truth

    GOOD ILLUMINATIONS THERE – nobody ever ask the obvious question – if the captain is competent and care for the well-being of those who gave him/her the right of command, HOW COME HE/SHE SAIL THE SHIP INTO A STORM ENDANGERING LIVES of all on board??

    I recall that one idiot said of the Orchard Road MRT debacle of his WISDOM ADVICE – in crisis, follow the established rules of operation. To which I must ask this idiot -IF THE ESTABLISHED RULES OF OPERATION IS ANY GOOD, HOW COME THE CRISIS EVENTUATE OF FEAR AND PANIC AMONG COMMUTERS IN THAT ORCHARD ROAD MRT DEBACLE.

    A STUPID DOG EATING ITS OWN EXCREMENT?

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  • Shameful now shameless:

    The way Chee Hian & Co. have been handling the Covid19 infections have been shamefully inadequate – we should have millions of masks in store at this time – but also stupidly gung-ho like telling Christians and others to keep on congregating as usual.

    However today they’ve become shameless agents of Realpolitik taking advantage of the fear of the masses to hinder them from attending rallies – to snuff out viable alternative political leaders.

    Why would filthy-rich crony parliamentarians be so anxious to uphold the ethics of democratic constitutionalism? Touch your hearts and meditate on this.

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