Politicians pay tribute to President Nathan: all a show
No one is begging President Nathan to stand for a third term, truth be told.
As expected, the government mouthpiece, The Straits Times, has been filling its pages singing the praises of the quiet presidency of SR Nathan which spanned 12 long years.
Now government ministers are queuing up to offer their gratitude and extol President Nathan for his achievements.
All this theatre is being orchestrated in the face of widespread cynicism of the quiet President.
In his 12 years as President, did he show any moral and intellectual courage in opposing or questioning any bill or appointment of office holders?
Did he fight to commute any death sentence in drug-related cases?
How many clemencies did he approve?
Did he press the government to reveal the true extent of our reserves and whether these are properly audited?
When billions were lost in unwise investments overseas did he ask for accountability?
No doubt his hands were tied, but a president with the moral and intellectual courage would have asked these questions.
That’s if he is really the people’s President and NOT the ruling People’s Action Party’s President, a repressive party which has ruled Singapore with an iron fist for more than 40 unbroken years.
So little surprise then that the President is widely regarded as a rubber-stamp and puppet of the ruling party.
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