Halimah Yacob has got zero worries even when on the rare probability that she loses the Malay Presidency race. If she missed the S$1.54-million-a-year Puppet President role, she has got a golden parachute with a S$550,000-a-year Speaker of Parliament position waiting for her in an event of a freak election. This is due to the legal loophole ruling that there is no need for by-election to be called for her vacated seat at Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. As such, the former PAP MP can always go back to her MP seat by signing up for the PAP membership again.
The legal process is as straightforward as what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong did to stop a by-election from happening when Halimah Yacob resigned from the party. This is largely due to the legal loopholes in Singapore’s electoral laws, which is written by the Election Department, which in-turn itself reports to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Other election legal loopholes are fully exploited by the ruling party government and the most common one is the lack of waiting period over a candidate’s “independence”. According to the Election Department, a long-time member of the ruling party simply just needs to resign from the party and she is legally defined as “independent” and fit for presidency on the same day.
A new legal loophole is also being exploited by the Election Department under Lee Hsien Loong’s charge. The definition of being a “Malay” has been redefined as “a Muslim from the Malay community”, according to the election department. This paved the way for Halimah Yacob, an Indian Singaporean, to contest for the Malay Presidency because she wears an Islamic headdress tudung.
Legal loopholes aside, the Election Department is also guilty of corruption for not taking action against Halimah Yacob who already began her presidential campaign before the end of Nomination Day. Legalised corruption continues to plague Singapore’s political system as the ruling party government refuses to give up power despite falling popularity especially among the young people.