By: B Goode
Now that the ISD is busy with the Bangla terrorists, I will take my chance to write about racial politics.
I am a keen admirer of Mdm Speaker Halimah Yacob, and a strong advocate for her to be the next President.
Why not? She has all the qualities to be the Head of State. She is likeable, charitable and hard working.
She is also a woman. And a Malay.
We have never had a woman President before. And only one Malay President back when Singapore gained independence.
Fifty years ago.
It is about time that we have a woman Malay President.
But there is however, a huge obstacle to prevent that from ever happening. The Elected Presidency scheme.
Singaporeans have the tendency to vote along racial lines. It is not that they are racist because racism requires something more than just voting someone from their own our race.
It is for this very reason that we have the GRCs. The GRCs are there to allow minority candidates to be carried into Parliament.
Unfortunately to be a president, you would have to stand on your own. And allow me to be direct because I have no time to beat around the bush. Not today.
Halimah Yacob stands no chance against someone like, Tan Cheng Bok. In fact, President Tony Tan almost lost to Tan Cheng Bok in the last Presidential election. And if you were to factor in race, Halimah Yacob will be a goner.
The Elected Presidency idea was mooted in order to protect the national savings from an irresponsible government. But as residents in Yishun will tell you, there are many ways to skin the cat. And so there are other ways to protect the reserves. Although an elected President may be able to do that, it prevents qualified people like Halimah Yacob from becoming one.
The Presidency should remain a largely ceremonial one. In should remain a symbol of what Singapore truly is; a multi-racial, multi-religious, harmonious and equal society as reflected in The Pledge.
There is no better person to encapsulate those ideals than Halimah Yacob.