Appointed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the 9-member committee, called the Constitutional Commission, has proposed to ban Dr Tan Cheng Bock from contesting in the upcoming Presidential Election under a proposed new law. According to the committee, the Constitution will be re-written according to ensure the ban.
The earlier rule that was newly-implemented only slightly more than 20 years ago, will be scrapped. A new rule requiring that Presidential candidates be the “most senior executive” will keep Dr Tan Cheng Bock out of the race. However, under the new rule, even former President SR Nathan was unqualified to contest as the former civil servant was never in the most senior position of a private company.
During the 2011 Presidential election, Dr Tan Cheng Bock won the highest vote count – just 0.35% short over the PAP-endorsed candidate Tony Tan. This result worried Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the the President position has the right to investigate the government and the national reserves – where most of the country’s retirement CPF monies are held at.
Through the Constitutional Commission under his control, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is also considering changing the Constitution to ban Chinese Singaporeans from contesting in the upcoming election that is due by 2017. Having a PAP-endorsed candidate as President is vital to keeping the amount of national reserves and CPF money secret from Singaporeans, and as such, the dictator is going as extensively as rewriting the country’s constitution to achieve his political aim.
Corruptions in Singapore are mostly legalised through the single party system, and, critics who charge the government of nepotism and corruption are jailed or bankrupted through defamation lawsuits.