There are two types of democratic systems practiced around the world:
* British system - the members of parliament (elected by the citizens) will choose a prime minister and other ministers from among themselves; usually from the winning party or a coalition
* American system - the citizens choose the members of the Congress (ie Parliament) separately from the President; the President will choose his secretaries (ie ministers) from the entire population, but they have to be approved by Congress
In recent years, I come to favour the American system. The Congress can focus on passing the laws. The elected President can choose capable persons from the entire population to run the government.
The system in Singapore is largely based on the British system. In recent years, we have modified it to have an elected President, but he has certain specified but limited responsibilities.
It is now possible for us to move towards the American system. A future elected President can appoint his ministers from anywhere in the country (including the members of Parliament). This will give a wider base to choose the leaders to run the country.
Just a thought.
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