Halimah Yacob is Singapore's 1st female president, no election needed

Halimah Yacob addresses reporters outside the Elections Department on Monday

While we could grudgingly accept that this may be a Reserved Presidential Elections for the Malay but we definitely could not agree with the blatant political ploy to turn it into Reserved President for PAP's Halimah!

"While reserving the presidential elections for only Malays is a highly symbolic gesture, there is a need to do more for concrete issues faced by the Malay community such as discrimination, lack of social mobility and relative poverty", lawyer Fadli Fawzi told CNN. Madam Halimah, though technically an Indian by descent, have had her "Malayness" certified four times over in general elections previously.

Speaking to reporters briefly outside the Elections Department on Monday (11 September), the former Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Member of Parliament was asked if she was anxious about public perception since she would not have to fight an election.

Leaders of both countries, however, recognised that peace and prosperity depended on preserving harmony between the two groups.

The government is headed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Singapore's founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died in 2015.

Singapore's economic success and education policies have helped swell the ranks of middle-class Malays, but the last census in 2010 showed they lagged other ethnic groups on socio-economic measures such as household incomes and home ownership. It is 74.3 per cent Chinese, 13.4 per cent Malay, 9.1 per cent Indian and 3.2 per cent others.

Although Yacob is set to make history for Singapore as a hijab-wearing woman, the city-state still has bans against hijabs in some government schools and public sector jobs.

Last but not least, PPP further reiterates that we should not allow electoral rules to be manipulated in such divisive way and the Constitution should not be changed so frequently by the ruling party just to suit their own political agenda.

In a statement from the Elections Department today, the spokesman said the other two applicants, marine services provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan, 62, and Second Chance Properties Mohamed chief executive Salleh Marican, 67, were rejected.

Yet the reserved election has also injured some pride.

Candidates were required to be assessed by a five-member community panel to certify their race as Malay as part of the qualifying criteria. "Some people intending to run are very capable".

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