Minister of State Chan Chun Sing had let the cat out of the bag: his recent speech on “a political price” is yet the strongest hint that the coming Malay Presidency will be a walkover for Halimah Yacob. The ruling party PAP dictatorship has no confidence their proxy candidate Halimah Yacob will win in a three-corner fight with two unknown new faces.
Other Ministers also expressed uncertainty about Halimah Yacob’s ability to win in a three-corner fight, with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong pointing out that Singaporeans might not vote his party’s candidate due to the nature of the newly-scripted reserved election going against Meritocracy. It is clear that the dictatorship is very afraid that if they put up a contest, they will still lose it.
The ruling party dictatorship is very realistic with their chances. Deep down, they know Halimah Yacob is a weak candidate. She has bad English, her campaign message is ungrammatical and she lacks both eloquence and coherence. Simply put, Halimah Yacob is not President material, as most Singaporeans pointed out.
To worsen things, the fundamentals of the reserved election are never accepted by Singaporeans. First, the Malay race is wrongly defined as a Muslim. An Indian Muslim is not and never will be a Malay of any religion. The mixing of race and religion lines threatens the existence of every race and religion and, in the government’s own word: “seditious”. Second, she talks about Meritocracy when it is clearly a reserved election written in her favour – much like those dirty tricks used by the villains in old Bruce Lee movies. Halimah Yacob rode the moral high horse espousing about qualities of a President when she had every brick in her path laid for her. Her appointment as a MP is not of her own achievement, she was held by the hands of Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a GRC. Her appointment as Speaker of Parliament is not of her own achievement, Lee Hsien Loong gave it to her. Halimah Yacob did nothing as a union leader, for everyone knows NTUC is a useless government mouthpiece. So what achievement had Halimah Yacob did by herself while wearing her tudung? Zilch. Compare Halimah Yacob to the other two businessmen candidates, the latter at least used their bare hands to set up a multi-million enterprise. How much weaker can a candidate be, the ruling party knows better.
Halimah Yacob is so weak she needs not only a Reserved Presidential Election, she needs a walkover. The Election Department under dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s PMO will give her the walkover she needed. The Election Department after all, have valid reasons to reject Salleh Marican and Farid Khan since the two failed to meet the S$500 million shareholders’ equity financial requirement.