Speaking at a dialogue session with Indian grassroots leaders from the People’s Association, PAP MP Dr Janil Puthucheary said that when there are all Chinese candidates in an election like the one in Presidential Election (PE) 2011, somebody will start asking “what’s wrong with this place?”.
“If the next election, or the next, is like the one in 2011 where there were no minority candidates at all, how long will it be before the question asked is not what’s the benefit to Singapore or to the Indian community? How long will it be before someone says: What’s wrong with this place?”
The racist comment by former Malaysian-turned-new-Singaporean who never served National Service was made in response to a question asking why is there a need for an anti-Meritocracy, and possibly racist, law to ensure a minority president from time to time. Many Singaporeans have been questioning Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s latest proposal to indirectly exclude Chinese and Indian candidates from contesting in the upcoming PE. According to the new law, if a race was not elected President for more than 30 years, the next election would only be reserved for the PE contest. As such, this upcoming PE due in 2017, is “reserved for Malays”.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is exceptionally worried about the contest of a non-PAP-endorsed candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who lost the PE in 2011 by a neck-to-neck 0.35%. Every election, the ruling party government will endorse a Presidential candidate, who will listen to the Prime Minister’s bidding once he became elected.
Former President SR Nathan was severely ridiculed for doing nothing by the public for his 11-year-long role as President, even at his recent funeral. Current President Tony Tan earns similar disrespect with him earning the nickname, KFC, which means he is always busy playing mascot like KFC’s Colonel Sanders.