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The 9-member Constitution Commission controlled by dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong proposed to scrap the Presidential election, and re-write the constitution to rule that the President is to be appointed only by the Parliament. Given Singapore’s single-party rule, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s control over the Parliament effectively means that the President can only be appointed by the dictator himself.

According to state media Channel News Asia:
“…the possibility of separating the ceremonial role of the President while placing custodial responsibilities into the hands of an appointed body of experts. Under such a system, the Commission said the President could be appointed by Parliament and carry out duties as a symbolic unifying figure.”

Another draconian proposal made by the committee is that if one racial group is not elected President for more than 30 years, only candidates of that race is allowed to contest. There will be no equal rights and the racist proposal also mean that the next Presidential election will see only the Malay race as “it is their turn”.

The committee under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also proposed to reduce the President’s powers by ruling that the President must seek approval from the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) to act. The CPA is a 8-member committee where 5 is appointed only by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. If a President refuses to act according to the CPA’s command, the Parliament, also under PM Lee Hsien Loong, will have the power to over-ride the President.

The above proposals by the Constitution Committee will be “awaiting approval” from the single-party Parliament (Lee Hsien Loong). It is unlikely the Parliament will reject the draconian proposals with the exception of the 9 Opposition members. When the new constitution is rewritten, the next President endorsed by the ruling party will likely win uncontested in a walkover. A PAP-endorsed President is essential to keep the amount of CPF and national reserves a secret, and also to allow the ruling party free access to the national reserves without questioning.