Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from RSF

According to a reliable source close to the ruling party dictatorship, a secret directive has been issued to Ministers, MPs and the state media press to not raise the question on the counting of the first President. According to the note from a “high ranking government office”, it was said to let the matter settle and have Singaporeans prepare for their first Malay President.

It is believed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued the note to stop Singaporeans from questioning the legitimacy of the coming Malay Presidential Election.

The definition is vital to determining the legitimacy of the coming reserved election as the reserved election law only kicks in after the Malay race is unrepresented in 5 presidential terms. The ruling party government ruled that President Wee Kim Wee was an elected president but Wee Kim Wee did not contest in an election and he was specifically appointed as there was no elected presidency at the start of his office. President Ong Teng Cheong is the first elected President, as confirmed by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in a condolence letter to the Ong family during his passing. Ong Teng Cheong is also widely quoted as Singapore’s first elected President in school textbooks and papers.

Knowing that they have a losing case against evidence and historical records, the ruling party is now banning all discussions over the matter. Yesterday (Sep 7), opposition MP Sylvia Lim was told that she would not be allowed to raise a question in Parliament over the definition of the “first elected President”.  The question was also quashed in the Singapore Court in August after a former presidential candidate raised a legal question. The Singapore Court said they have no powers over the Parliament in the definition of the “first elected President”.

Besides the miscount invaliding the election, Malay presidential contest is also considered illegal by many as the candidates are all Indian Singaporeans. Halimah Yacob’s NRIC identity card is written as Indian, but the definition of the Malay race is rewritten as “a Muslim from the Malay community”. The Singapore government did not consult the public over the definition of the Malay race, resulting in widespread confusion as many Indian Muslims are denied welfare offered to the indigenous people.