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Man PAP trying to persuade to be president?

In Political governance on 01/08/2017 at 4:47 am

But first, I saw this on FB

(Terry Lim’s photos)

(Btw, I’ll explain why it’s unfair to Hali and more importantly her Malay mum.)

Back to the 73-year-old man who the PAP wants to do NS.

Usually reliable sources say that the PAP is trying very hard to persuade Abdullah bin Tarmugi to stand as president. He’s reluctant because despite being only in his early 70s, he has heart problems. This is PAP’s Plan B.

Halimah (Plan A but in abeyance) will now only stand if Tamugi can’t be persuaded to do NS. So she’s not really BSing that she hasn’t made up her mind. The PAP hasn’t decided to go ahead with her coronation because the issue of who is a Malay is a major topic of discussion among the 60- 70% that regularly vote for the PAP. That the 30% are talking about it too is irrelevant.

S’poreans are right to ask to be talking about the issue because the next presidency is reserved for a Malay.  And one of the candidates is “Pakistani” (i/c says so) and the other while his i/c says “Malay” has Malays complaining that he’s really Indian because he can’t speak proper Malay.

The view among S’poreans of all races that what is on one’s i/c is a lot of bull* when it comes to whether someone is a Malay is becoming a major problem for the PAP.

This is especially because Mendaki’s position is that if i/c doesn’t say “Malay” there’ll be no help for the Muslim supplicant, even if the entire kampung swears that said supplicant is really a Malay.

Malay-Muslim self-help group Yayasan Mendaki has a set of criteria for its financial assistance schemes for students administered on behalf of the Government. Among other things, the recipients “must be of Malay descent” as stated in their identity cards. It spells out a list of what it considers to be “Malay descent”, and this includes 22 ethnicities including Acehnese, Javanese, Boyanese, Sumatran, Sundanese and Bugis. Students with “double-barrelled” race are eligible if the first race is listed on the identity cards as Malay, said a Mendaki spokesman. For example, a student who is Malay-Arab would qualify for the schemes but an Arab-Malay student would not, he added.

(CNA)

Tamugi’s i/c says “Malay” and so that fact alone will kick into the long grass for the next 30 years the lethal bomb that what the i/c says is irrelevant in deciding who is a Malay.

Better still he’s from RI and played rugby for RI at scrum half.

Even better still, his mum was Chinese and his wife is Chinese. So while he may be the token Malay president that the PAP wants to hoist on us, he can be the second multi-racial president, after Sheares.


*Even PAP MP Zainal Sapari says i/c is irrelevant in deciding whether one is a Malay. He’s not expected to stand at next GE.

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  1. Race politics was inserted into the political process by the introduction of the GRCs. The problem of who is a Malay was never dicussed nor considered relevant in the days of the LKY autocracy. Hence the heated debate today. However, I would be careful if I were you not to accuse the Mendaki of double standards in their treatment of non-ethnic Malays since it was established to promote or foster the educational, social, and economic interests of the Malays under Article 52 of the Constitution in which Malays are defined as the “Indigenous race of Singapore”. The ethnicity test adopted by Mendaki is therefore correct.

    • A senior lawyer posted on FB that “the test in the Presidential Elections Act is not a race test, it’s a community acceptance test”. He’s right but the PM framed the need for a Malay president in racial terms: “multi-racialism” to be precise.

    • And one reading of the Malay MP’s post and subsequent comments in answering hostile commenters is that he blames Mendaki. “What a tangled web we weave …”

  2. Typo – Should be Article 152

  3. You are absolutely correct to say that he whole thing is a tangled mess. That is because “Malay” is given different meanings dpending on the purpose. The senior lawyer you quote is spot on because for the purpose of the Elected Presidency, the test under the Constitution and the Parliamentary Elections Act is the community acceptance test. Even so, the so-called test is illusory as no evidence may be produced by anyone to show that a candidate has not been so accepted. The decision lies entirely with the Committee tasked with validating the claim of a candidate that he/she belongs to a particulr community.

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