Alfian Sa’at: PAP leverages on ‘minority rights’ to canvass support for their own Malay presidential candidate

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With Mdm Halimah confirming her wish to run for President, I can’t help but be awestruck by the sheer perversity of co-opting progressive language (gender parity! minority representation!) for a deeply authoritarian agenda. It reminded me a little of the Bukit Batok by-election, and the candidacy of Murali Pillai, where PM Lee himself said, in reference to the residents, that

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Alfian Sa’at: Issue of minority-race President reflects the flaws in our ‘meritocratic’ sytem

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Some critiques of a system that would mandate the election of a minority-race President mention that the process will ‘undermine the principle of meritocracy’. The assumption is that in a truly meritocratic system, everyone, regardless of race, will have a fair shot at running for President under the present scheme. One of the criteria laid out for the Elected President

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