Speaking in Parliament yesterday (Nov 8), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung expressed his support for the racist proposal to reserve the next election for only the Malay race, saying that his ruling party government is capable of “ownself check ownself” because it is not power-hungry:
“Some may say this is ‘ownself check ownself’. But self-restraint is a virtue. Only a wise and responsible government will do that. A government hungry for power will never check its own actions. The Government needs to strengthen the political system in times of stability. This is the only way to safeguard Singapore’s future and ensure some regulation in the system, no matter which party comes into power.”
Minister Ong Ye Kung also said that Chinese Singaporeans have always compromise to the minorities and that in the past, the country’s majority race agreed to convert to English as the first language because of such compromise. Henceforth, according to Minister Ong Ye Kung, Chinese Singaporeans have no issues with reserving the next presidential election for only the Malay.
The political manipulation of racial divisiveness is critical in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s decision to re-write the Constitution. The ruling party claims that Singaporeans are racist when voting and hence passed the law to prevent other races from contesting. The move is targeted at Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who earlier announced his decision to contest in the presidential election.
Dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong re-designed the system to be “turn-based”, where a race who was not elected President for 4 elections will have the next election reserved exclusively for them. There is however no mention of “a Eurasian’s turn”, as it is lumped together with Indians.