Saturday, March 12, 2016

Singapore Presidential Election, 2017

Dr. Tan Cheng Bock has announced that he will be running for the next presidential election in Singapore.

The New Paper called me and asked for my intention. I told them that I do not intend to run at the next election.

PM Lee had formed a review committee to re-examine the criteria for the elected president in Singapore. There was a mention about the need to ensure that the minority ethnic groups have a chance to become the president.

My guess is that the review committee will keep the current criteria for the president but will add a new requirement that the next election will be for candidates for a specified ethinic group, most probably a Malay. If this is the case, then Dr. Tan Cheng Bock will not be eligble to context the next election.

He may have to wait until 2029 for a Chinese to be eligible. By that time, he would be too old. That would be a major disappointment for him.


Anonymous said...

This is not fair if the next election is for only a particular race. Why should that be so? It should be a fair election based on merits as perceived by the voters. An elected president should be for all races and not for Chinese, Indians , Malays or Eurasians etc. Let the people decide.

Anonymous said...

The new criteria is to ensure that the President is a PAP man sensing that Tony Tan might not win the election

Yujuan said...

When you draw a human figure, you draw his eyes, nose, mouth and hair, and his clothes, you dun draw his internal organs.
It's obvious, ain't it, can't bluff people huh.
Hope that the Govt dun put TCB down on pretense, already so called
"friend" of TCB, Goh Chok Tong, already started the ball rolling by attacking "his friend" doing a calculated, orchestrated move to preempt
himself from being stricken off the eligibility list.

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