Mdm President. A Tale Told By Idiots Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing
So much nonsense is being spouted about the Presidency that you have to wonder if Singaporeans have lost all of their critical faculties or are they just too busy virtue signalling.
There was widespread righteous indignation in our so-called “alternative” media over a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing’s alleged Freudian slip when he addressed Halimah Yaacob as “Madam President” rather than “Madam Speaker” in Parliament on Monday. I see that. Yes. It was a slip that gave away an early indication that our next President is going to be Madam Yaacob. Shock horror! But frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn and here’s why.
- It’s a fact that this election is reserved for a Malay candidate.
- It’s a fact that the PAP introduced new eligibility rules last year.
- It seems likely that Mdm Halimah Yaacob will be the only Malay candidate who will be eligible given facts 1 and 2.
How many of these indignant scribblers are even minority race, obliged by law to carry an National Identity card identifying them as minority race? Whatever race you are, why bother getting worked up over the PAP’s moves to ensure that they have even more control over who gets elected President?
All checks and balances on executive power in Singapore disappeared a long time ago. How did they disappear? Historically through the usual power plays, deceit and conniving by Colonial rulers and vested outside interests. More recently because we the people, who still have the vote, did not resist. In fact most people welcomed the chance to give up their individual power to a draconian nanny state.
Get over yourselves. The PAP have unfettered power. Every branch of government and every institution has been brought firmly under the PAP’s control. There are no checks on that power and control. ( actually in recent years there was one. A man called M Ravi and he stopped the PM’s power over when to call a by-election- but he’s been fixed now)
Despite all the manufactured outrage by alternative media and keyboard warriors over the changes to the Elected Presidency, the EP was never an institution that was intended to keep Lee Kuan Yew and his son and later generations of the Lee family from power. The Elected Presidency was introduced solely to put a potential pebble in the machinery of government if an Opposition party was ever to take power in Singapore and produce a constitutional crisis to allow the PAP to take back power.
To understand what the Elected Presidency was about, everyone should watch this video of JBJ and Chiam See Tong debating with Lee Hsien Loong:
if you watch it and educate yourself as to how the role changed you will understand my view point. I simply cannot get excited over some of our brave so-called “civil society activists” slamming the recent changes to the Elected Presidency. These people are not prepared to agitate about any issues of real importance, merely where they feel the PAP have permitted them a safe space for a controlled and calibrated amount of dissent.
If Singaporeans want to see real democracy in action they can look no further than the huge protests have erupted all over the US against Trump and his executive orders. A judge, appointed by a Republican President, is prepared to stand up and place a temporary hold on Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration.
What does it matter who our President is? It is always going to be a PAP choice. Even before the new rules it was always pre -selection according to a PAP agenda and never was a free and open election.
I also cannot be bothered with the fools who get worked up about a not-so-much PAP candidate- i.e. retired long term PAP MP or civil servant. If one of these candidates were to be elected then again it would not matter. Why? The EP has no power because the EP must follow the advice of the Council of Presidential Advisors, which has recently been expanded and given more power. Should the EP ever go against that PAP group ‘s advice then he or she can be overruled by a 2/3 majority vote in parliament. The PAP always has, always had and probably always will have that 2/3 majority required to veto any President.
And why should I get excited over the EP when last election not one of the four campaigned on the actual unconstitutionality of the role? How it is a breach of parliamentary sovereignty. Did even one candidate ever say , “I’m just a ceremonial figurehead so long as the PAP have that 2/3 majority.”
How did all these virtuous bloggers and scribblers and activists follow up the wins of GE 2011?- by making sure the unified message to get 1/3 of opposition seats in Parliament was sabotaged. The result is a PAP majority and veto.
Get over it. You chose to put your lives and every aspect of life in Singapore into the hands of one political party. Ownself fury about ownself choice. Uniquely Singaporean!
The PAP got elected, yes, but the PAP has been engaged in gerrymandering for donkey years.
Take GRCs as an example – which other democratic country in the world has introduced this gimmick as part of the process of democratic voting?
Three single constituency wards can be won by members from an opposition party or parties, but a single GRC ward won by PAP would put 4, 5 or 6 of their members in Parliament. And electoral boundary lines have been redrawn and redrawn from time to time by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee with a reporting line to the PM of his office. Can’t you see the inequities engineered by the PAP, largely for their benefit?
The tweaking by the PAP to the Constitution concerning the Presidential election is another clear example of goal posts shifting.
The problem with Singapore or Singaporeans themselves is that there are people – the majority in this case – who cannot see through the dirty means the PAP has devised all these years to stay in power. You appear to be someone who can’t see throught the pretenses , OK?
What is so wrong with the GRC system, as long as it is fair to all participants, agree ? The GRC system is very unique to S’pore only becos of the three main different races & Chinese being the majority, period. In any case the winners can win big & the losers can lose big & it applies to all parties. Even the governing party has ever lost one GRC to the opposition party with one Minster & two ministers of state to boot. So, no party has ever any advantage over each other, period.
Our system is so unique that S’pore is a rare nation in the world that has the same Gov’t since 1959, winning one GE after another, right ? Is this a fluke or what ? Are the majority voters simply robots, zombies or stupid or what ? Always remember, that the first time u are conned, u are a real fool; the second time u are conned, u are really stupid, but the third & subsequent times u are conned, u really desreve it, agree ? So, the majority voters who support the current Gov’t at every past GE is much smarter than u, agree ?
So, are u simply blaming the majority voters, who make the PAP to govern S’pore willingly since 1959 ? How can it be ? How can one person with one miserable vote attack the majority voters in one brush ? Can the IQ & EQ of just one person beat the sum total IQ & EQ of the majority voters ? Is this not simply bragging or hot air or what ? Or are u suggesting the majority voters have no critical mind of its own or what ? Are they just mere robots or zombies or what ? For goodness sake, don’t simply insult them, ok ? Just give credit where credit is due, ok ? Just becos u say so, others shld follow or what ? What are yr credentials that others must believe u ? Not even an MP after failing twice, right ? So, this is not way for u to beg yr way up again, ok ? Voters are very smart & can easily & surely see through any pretenses, ok ?