Singapore Elected President: why pay millions $$$ for a rubber-stamp?
It seems Ministers now have the duty to forewarn the public about the realities of the Elected President (EP) post.
After S. Jayakumar, the Law Minister K. Shanmugam, now comes DPM Teo Chee Hean’s lecture about the EP.
The public have known all along that the EP is nothing more than a rubber-stamp, even if it’s a VIP one.
The ruling party’s lecture is that the EP has no real powers and has to adhere to the Cabinet’s decisions.
And with the ruling party’s resolve to stay in power at all cost, even if it means being repressive, no one needs to be surprised by an impotent elected Presidency that it had created.
As the first President Ong Teng Cheong amply demonstrated, inquisitiveness into our reserves is not welcome.
So that’s why the ruling party has embarked on a road show to educate the public on the fact that the EP is essentially a puppet. All this talk about electing an EP with an independent mind is wishful thinking is its core message.
But the ruling party is going against the tide of public opinion.
Singaporeans want an EP who can be really independent, not a rubber-stamp figure. The laws can be changed to accommodate their wishes. Man-made laws are not cast in stone.
People are also asking why this government, “famed” for its lack of generosity towards the poor and needy in our society, can be so so generous as to pay the EP $16,000 A DAY for him just to be a rubber-stamp.
With such an impotent President, nobody is fooled into believing he can stop a determined future dictator from raiding our reserves.
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