10 Aug '11, 1am

Never have I seen S'poreans so confused regarding the elected presidency, says our reader. #SGpresident

NEVER have I seen Singaporeans so confused regarding the elected presidency. The purpose of converting the presidential selection from a nominated to an elected process was to have a non-partisan, highly qualified elected official who would prevent a renegade political party from winning power and using a populist agenda to plunder the reserves. Hence the elected president had to be unconnected with a political party. But if a renegade political party can be voted into power, so too can an elected president who might gladly collaborate in stripping the national reserves bare; the so-called 'second key' person may well then be a partner in crime. I have good memories of our second president, Dr Benjamin Sheares, who was nominated in 1971. He was the first local professor at Kandang Kerbau Hospital and went into private practice. When he was approached to be president, he wa...

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