When TRE republished this piece on the Malay PAPPy that can thrash Dr Tan Cheng Bock (I called him “Chin Bock” in the piece: can’t remember why, “An honest mistake?”), it provoked the usual nuts. But there was a totful response which contains an explanation of the “unwritten understanding” between the natural aristocracy and the serfs from the minority races, which really I should have blogged about.
March 18, 2016 at 12:53 am (Quote)
Singaporeans need to get this clear.
At Independence, the leaders then came to the agreement that the President shall always be appointed from a minority group, because it was assumed – and not wrongly – that the Prime Minister, being an elected position, would more likely than not be a Chinese.
So far, all Prime Ministers have indeed been Chinese.
That alone shows that given the opportunity to vote for their leader, Singaporeans do in fact vote along racial lines.
The elected presidency reneged on the promise made at Independence. Thus if the rules are changed so as to allow for minorities as president – and by that I mean QUALIFIED – minorities, and I say this because it is more often than not assumed that minorities are NEVER AS QUALIFIED as any Chinese, which is RACISM – then all the government would be doing is returning to the promise made at Independence.
To the poster who made the claim that Halimah Yaacob is not even qualified for the presidency (see what I mean about the racism?): She is.
The Speaker is equivalent to a cabinet minister, which then qualifies her as President.
I would fully support a President Halimah Yaacob.
Two good insights on the PAP’s “divide and rule” the races:
Change We Must:
PAP is a divisive party, why brought up the issue of races. We are all Singaporeans.
Always felt the policies were along racial lines. The help groups are also along racial lines. Hiring policies are also along racial lines. Political candidates are also along racial lines etc …
But must put me at the top of the list when wealth distribution is done.
It cannot be along racial lines as fancied.
I will come and take my rightful share.
And here’s a good dig about that opportunist extraordinaire, TJS,
TCB would be the current President had it not for the stupid Tan Jee Say. He was a bloody spoiler. He doesn’t know what he wants in Politics. Where is he and what is he doing now, by the way?
Have a good weekend.