Next Presidential Election for Malay candidates
SINGAPORE might have a Malay president after the next Presidential Election if qualified Malay candidates step up to run, announced Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament this afternoon (Nov 8). This is because the next PE, to be held by August next year, will be reserved for the minority group.
Speaking on the second day of the Parliamentary debate on the proposed amendments to the Constitution on the Elected Presidency, Mr Lee added that the G intended to have the Presidential Elections Act amended in January to include the provision for reserved elections.
Under the proposed constitutional change, an election will be reserved for a particular racial group if no one from that group has been president for five continuous terms. For Singapore, the last five terms saw Chinese and Indian presidents, but no Malay president.
Said Mr Lee: “That means if a qualified Malay candidate steps up to run, Singapore will have a Malay President again… this would be our first after more than 46 years, since our first president Encik Yusof Ishak.”
Mr Lee said that the G will start counting the five terms from President Wee Kim Wee’s term. Dr Wee was the first to become president after the elected presidency came into practice in 1991. After Dr Wee, the four terms of presidency were taken up by Mr Ong Teng Cheong, Mr S R Nathan, who occupied office for two terms, and current president Tony Tan.
He added: “Every citizen, Chinese, Malay, Indian, or some other race, should know that someone of his community can become president, and in fact from time to time, does become president.”
Featured image from TMG file.
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