Not Par for the Course
Over the weekend , the MSM was suggesting that perhaps there is no need for a contest in the upcoming Presidential Election and that the reserved Election promotes multi-culturalism .
What utter nonsense !
This reserved Election has already gone down as the most despised, ridiculed and discredited election in Singapore history . It has set back the Singapore identity and race relations by 50 years . It has laid to waste all the efforts at Nation building for the past half a century, all for the sake of political expediency by the establishment .
The Singapore identity meant amongst other things, that when it is a question of putting one person before another in positions of public responsibility, what counts is not membership of a particular class but the actual ability which the man possesses. That Singapore identity has been totally shredded by this reserved election .
The Establishment uses euphemisms such as promoting multi-culturalism to camouflage the racial ugliness of their stratagem. Multi-culturalism is always inclusive and never exclusive, which sadly is what the reserved election is all about .
Halimah Yacob says that the reserved election is still meritocratic because all the candidates have to meet the same qualification criteria. No Madam. A meritocratic system is one where other races are not excluded from being elected President .
You are participating in a " handicapped " election where other races are excluded in favour of a particular race . It is comparable to the US Masters Golf tournament being reserved only for Black golfers in a particular year . Tiger Woods did not require such a handicap competition to win the Masters in 1997 or 13 other major championships , and countless other tournaments throughout the world . Neither did Barack Obama require a reserved Election to become the first Black American President in 2008 , an achievement which was thought well-nigh impossible just 2 years earlier .
For those who suggest there is no need for a contest , I have this to say . Whoever becomes the next President of Singapore has already become so diminished by this whole absurd saga . To even begin to salvage a modicum of respect for a hollowed out Office requires the person to win the command and respect of the Singapore people in a proper contest . If there is a walkover, there will be no mandate or respect from Singaporeans for this President , who will assume Office on 14 September as the lamest of ducks !