Sensing that the next elected President will not be a PAP-endorsed candidate, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that he will introduce changes to the qualification of the position in his National Day Rally speech tomorrow (Aug 21).
Just earlier this week (Aug 17), a 9-member committee appointed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Jan 2016 submitted their review for the President position. The past week also saw the government-controlled education institution, Lee Kuan Yew Institute of Policy Studies, publishing a survey claiming most Singaporeans are racist when it comes to selecting a Presidential candidate.
The incumbent President, Tony Tan, was appointed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong but he almost lost to a non-PAP candidate, Tan Cheng Bock, beating the latter by only a 0.35%. It is unlikely the next PAP-appointed Presidential candidate will win the coming President election due next year in 2017, henceforth Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is trying to fix the qualification by raising the bar and making it harder for a non-PAP candidate to contest.
The previous PAP-appointed President, S R Nathan, win his seat without any contest via walkovers twice. A President is paid S$1.5 million a year for doing nothing, except disallowing the government to access the National Reserves. The dictator himself is paid S$2.2 million a year, the highest in the world, excluding payment from his second position as chairman of GIC, the country’s sovereign wealth fund company.
Lee Hsien Loong posted on Facebook a video of a short brief on his speech tomorrow with an embarrassing parting: “This Sunday, take a break from hunting Pokemon and join me as we explore our plans for the next 50 years.”