State media Straits Times has shortlisted a list of cronies of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to be the next Malay President.
In it’s article titled “Prominent names thrown up for presidency”, two former PAP MPs who were Speaker for Parliament and two current Minister was named. All three are servants of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Below are their profiles:
1) Halimah Yaacob
Called the “favourite” by the state media paper, Halimah Yaacob is the current Speaker of Parliament. Her tudung was called an “advantage” by the Association of Muslim Professionals, whom the state media interviewed. Pro-PAP academic, Associate Professor Eugene Tan from the Singapore Management University, called Halimah Yaacob a “double minority” because she is woman.
However there is no mention whether if Halimah Yaacob is suitable of the Presidential role as she lacks criteria in finance management. She would also need to resign for the 2017 Presidential Election and this will trigger a by-election for her GRC, Marsiling-Yew Tee. That being said, Marsiling-Yew Tee is one of the ruling party’s stronghold and a by-election would return the power back to the ruling party.
A key election loophole is that there is no waiting period for a presidential candidate to resign from his/her political affiliation, even though a primary requirement for the Presidential position is to be apolitical.
2) Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and Minister Masagos Zulkifli
The two Ministers have been faithful followers of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and there is always a chance the dictator will reward them for their doggedness. Again, the two will have to resign but a by-election for a GRC is again in the ruling party PAP’s favour.
3) Retiree Zainal Abidin Rasheed
A former Senior Minister of State who is relatively unknown due to lack of contributions.
None of the above candidates are more qualified than the strict requirement for private-sector candidates where one need to be an executive in a company managing more than S$500 million in shareholders equity.
The new President will be a puppet of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with new provisions and re-written Constitution laws to ensure that he shall never oppose the government. Dictator Prime Minister will have free access to the national reserves as he doubles the role as the chairman of sovereign wealth fund company GIC.