“This is not a Malay Singapore, not an Indian Singapore, not a Chinese Singapore. This is for everyone.”
Quoting his father Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that it is necessary to fix the upcoming Presidential election and allow only the Malay race to contest this round because it is their turn. PM Lee Hsien Loong then went on to explain using unrelated reasonings why he is re-writing the country’s Constitution:
“The symbolism of the President must ring true with the day to day experience of Singaporeans living in our multi-racial society. In many other societies, multi-racialism are celebrated on stage during occasions such as independence days but they are “not a reality”. “But in Singapore, (the racial relations we experience) in real life have to match and do match what we celebrate on National Day. When people incite division and misunderstanding between different races or religions, we have to act firmly against them…This is one of the areas where we are hypersensitive and it is a no-go.”
None of the explanation above explains why is there a need to reserve the election for only the Malay race, and why is the Presidential election a musical chair for the different races.
PM Lee Hsien Loong is currently trying very hard to convince the country, which has seen sarcasm pouring from even his own supporters. Singaporeans criticise the PM’s latest constitution changes as a method to stay in power.
PM Lee Hsien Loong requires an “obedient” puppet President like SR Nathan and Tony Tan to allow his government has free access to the national reserves. With a puppet President under his control, PM Lee Hsien Loong effectively controls the national reserves and CPF money as he controls the single-party Parliament and the two sovereign wealth fund companies where he is Chairman of GIC while his wife is CEO of Temasek Holdings.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong often quote his father because he knows most Singaporeans are a fan of his father and would accept dictatorial decisions made in his father’s reputation. His sister Lee Wei Ling has since called him a dictator and a dishonourable son.