Photo of K Shanmugam from AFP

Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam delivered a ferocious bark at the Opposition Workers’ Party calling their idea for a Senate to replace the President, not a serious proposal.

“It was a disaster and home built with sand. It is so flawed,  I cannot believe it was a serious proposal. It doesn’t withstand the most cursory examination. Under the WP proposal, there would be eight elected Senate members with the same criteria as an elected president. So instead of one Elected President, there will be eight presidents. How does this deal with the objection of elitism, of a narrow field, of a super elite field? Did anyone think about this?”

The Workers’ Party is trying to push for a Senate system where 8 representatives are elected because this will make it harder for the ruling party government to control the president under a puppet president scenario.

President Tony Tan and his predecessor SR Nathan are puppet Presidents of dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, offering zero resistance to every of his request to access the national reserves. Having an 8-member Senate would be harder for the dictator to access the national reserves as it will be similarly harder to find puppets for the Senate.

The parliamentary debate ended prematurely today (Nov 10) with all alternative ideas, including a national referendum to re-write the Constitution, by the Opposition rejected. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong successfully implemented the changes using his single party government powers.


Although 6 Opposition MPs oppose the Prime Minister, their voices are overwhelmed by 77 ruling party PAP votes.