When I was writing about the comparison between the UK Election commission and Singapore Election Department (under Prime Minister's office), the Elected President caught my eyes.
I read with interest about the qualification of the Elected President of Singapore (IMO its a waste of tax payer's money and they should keep the post of president as a ceremonial one).
What really amazes me are the the type of qualifications that are required if you wanted to stand for a Elected President in Singapore. I believed that the following famous presidents from other countries will never be qualified to be a candidate for our Elected President if they wanted to and assumed that they are Singaporeans:
South Africa - Nelson Mandela - Jail for life till his release in 11 February 1990 and won a Nobel Peace Prize few years after that.
Poland - Lech Walesa (1990-1995) - Occupation: Electrical Technician
Even our past presidents HEs Yusof bin Ishak, Benjamin Henry Sheares, Devan Nair, Wee Kim Wee and Ong Teng Cheong might have problem passing the Presidential Elections Committee's "approval" before becoming a Presidential candidate.
The Presidential Elections Committee consisted of 3 jolly men:
a. Chairman of the Public Service Commission, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Elections Committee is under Mr Teo Chee Hean, minister in charged of PSC.
b. Chairman of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. The current Chairman is Mr Peter Ong Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, who reports to Finance Minister,
c. A member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights nominated by the Chairman of the Council, the members of the council consisted of:
i. Chan Sek Keong (Chairman), Chief Justice of Singapore, report to Law Minister ii. Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor
iii. Othman Bin Wok, former Member of Parliament and founding Cabinet Minister
iv. Goh Chok Tong, Senior Minister
v. S Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and former Minister for Law
vi. S Dhanabalan, former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister
vii. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister
(Who calls the shot here? CJ Chan or MM Lee or even PM Lee?)
I am asking myself, is our government too protective of Singaporeans? Or they are taking away our rights to vote and install a walk over president? Is walk over politics a way of Singapore Politics? So who is "bigger" the president or the Presidential Election Committee?
Maybe these checks are important after all as our president earns $3million+ and to prevent a freaky person who have desires to serve the people from wining a presidential election.
My mind is set and had already decided to vote for whom in coming GE (if there is not walk over at my GRC!).