Activist calls on S’poreans to protest reserved Presidential Election by spoiling their votes

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Social activist Gilbert Goh is calling on Singaporeans to protest the Presidential Election reserved for minorities from the Malay race, by spoiling their votes. Writing in his Facebook, Gilbert assured voters that it as not illegal to spoil their votes and that they will still be eligible to vote in the next General Election.

The activist also advised how voters may spoil their votes, either by returning a blank vote or by ticking on two or more candidates. In another post, he also demonstrated how voters can spoil their votes by inscribing the name of a candidate who is not in the race in their ballot papers.

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Gilbert believes that a large number of spoilt votes will send a strong message of defiance and protest to the government.

“Singaporeans should come together and spoil their vote so that we can send a strong message to the government not to meddle in our country’s constitution anyhow thus blatantly trying to side-line a credible candidate who is not the ruling party’s favourite!”

Although he said that voters may vote against the People’s Action Party (PAP)-approved candidate to show their displeasure at the regime which recently changed the rules for the Presidential Elections, he did not elaborate how a large number of spoilt votes might actually tilt the election in the favour of the PAP-approved candidate.

The last Presidential Election saw Dr Tony Tan being elected with a slim margin of 0.3 per cent, and 1.7 per cent of the votes cast in that election were spoilt ones.

Gilbert believes that the PAP-government is using the issue of race to further divide Singaporeans, and said that Singaporeans should unite in this act of defiance to prove a point that the Government has no right to meddle in the country’s constitution just to forward their agenda.

Let us all spoil our votes for the upcoming Reserved Presidential Election as a sign of united protest! It is not…

Posted by Gilbert Goh on Thursday, 20 July 2017

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72 comments

  1. S.C. Phun says:

    There could be a walkover. Knowing the tactics of the ruling party, only one is qualified. You know who ? So no chance to vote. Like it or not, you have no choice. Tks to the 70%.

  2. The check and balance will only take place in Parliament when the opposition has enough votes to block new legislation until a full and proper debate is conducted.

  3. Tj Foo says:

    Though the President of Singapore is only playing the role as the titular head of state, but for a voter, it remains unwise to support a figure who is a puppet of fate.

  4. I concur. Cast a spoil vote to register our disgust with the ripped PE in lieu of a referendum. It doesn’t matter which candidate win in the end, we have to make sure there is more than 50% of spoilt votes! The higher the percentage of spoilt votes the merrier!

  5. Don’t be silly and argue about spoiling the vote will ensure PAP-endorsed candidates will win. Which one is not PAP-endorsed?!more importantly, which one will not be a puppet given that the unconstitutional change to ensure that the so call ‘elected’ president can not act independently and has to act according to the advice given by a committee which are appointed by a PAP majority parliament? So, let all of us who feel that this is a just big wayang comedy cast a spoil vote to show our disgust of it all in lieu of a referendum! Cast a spoil vote pls!

  6. No point one lah. Whether Halimah, TCB, even a chicken or duck, doesn’t matter one. President got no power. All power resides in the PM and Cabinet plus the Council of Presidential Advisers who are all establishment lackeys. The most important vote is once every 4 years during GE. Change the proportion of seats in parliament and then you can see change.

    1. Lo Stanley says:

      She is correct . President can only seek approval from PM to get her family take some GLC directorship from GLC . This pinkies will approve it if she said “Yes” to everything’s Jinx want !

    2. Ric Tango “The President must consult the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) on all fiscal matters touching on Singapore’s reserves and on the appointment and removal of key office holders in the public service and Fifth Schedule entities. On other areas involving the President’s discretionary powers, consultation of CPA is optional.

      If the President vetoes any fiscal matter touching on Singapore’s reserves or the appointment/removal of any key office holder in the public service or Fifth Schedule entity, and the President’s decision is contrary to CPA’s advice, Parliament may overrule the President’s decision with a two-thirds majority vote.” https://www.gov.sg/factually/content/the-powers-of-the-president

    3. Ric Tango says:

      President has 2 constitution rights….1st to guard our Reserves and secondly to call for COI on matters that jeopardize its citizens or rule of law. current President is not doing it because LHL is his “brother” we have a hopeless P.

    4. If EP is as crippled and useless as claimed, why is Cabinet in a rush to block TCB from standing for election?
      The primary original goal of EP is to have enough power to control a rogue non-PAP government.

  7. Sk Tan says:

    pls dont be distracted from the outstanding issue; the PM and govt have not sued LHY and or the Li kid. it is already on worldwide display for all to see that there is a double standard of the laws here.

    it may be understandable that LHL does not sue his siblings. however, in the capacity of PM he must and or the govt must. It has been known for fact and or perhaps their primary doctrine is to sue any one who has simply asked a question which they claim to disrupt their self serving agendas…

    to have a coward at the helm is the greatest disgrace to any family…

  8. i do not believe in voting cause everything is done by the ruler.no TRANSPARENCY.who knows like some minister likes to do things at the BACK….

  9. It’s not just the spoilt votes, it’s the split votes that will play into PAP’s hands. They know the game. There are, unfortunately, enough retards in Singapore who will vote for Miss India.

  10. Dilys Tan says:

    Just my 2-cents worth of thoughts for PE which has been reserved for #MALAY candidate:

    Scenario 1: Halimah (Indian-Malay) walk over, ITE.

    Scenario 2: If we spoilt votes, it’s going to push up chance to win. In 2011 PE, KFC vs Dr Tan is 35.2% 745,693 vs 34.85% 738,311, the shortfall is 0.35% 7,382 votes. So if there’s more spoilt votes this time cos the other 2 candidates are completely stranger (looked weird too) to us and supporters / loyal fans cast their votes to the , its 35.2% can become 100%, that’s a big win for the .

  11. Raymond Ng says:

    Don’t be silly. The garmen will just declare a winner and then sweep this under the carpet after the dust settles. Petition to reject the national pledge instead since it truly has been violated. Tell your children to stop saying the pledge in school

  12. I like the idea. Maybe we could write on the slip
    “This is rubbish”
    “We want Tan Cheng Bock”

    Of course for those believe in it should vote seriously.

  13. By spoiling your vote and the numbers of spoilt votes reveal that she if there is a walk over should know she is NOT WANTED. In anycase she is already earmarked. My Opinion writing down TAN CHENG BOCK FOR PRESIDENT would certainly be a good idea

  14. Ang Bob says:

    READ & SHARE THIS MY FELLOW SINGAPOREANS,

    We CAN’T DICTATE the game rules but PLAY ALONG with PAP game rules.

    We CAN’T FIND PERFECT Presidential Candidate because of PAP stringent requirements.

    We CAN ONLY PICK the STRONGEST & MOST INDEPENDENT (NON PAP Establishment) OPPONENT available to BEAT PAP game rules & DENY PAP their PUPPET PRESIDENT !

    Last PE, TCB lost by 3000+ votes, if only these 3000+ votes were diverted to TCB, PAP/ TT would have lost !

    This PE, We NEED TO THROW OUR VOTES at the STRONGEST & MOST INDEPENDENT OPPONENT to beat PAP Candidate !

    DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE !

    READ & SHARE – BOYCOTT & SPOIL VOTES WILL HAND VICTORY TO PAP CANDIDATE IN PE/ GE WITH SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES !

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1280140965429044&id=100002994593056&hc_location=ufi&pnref=story

  15. I will not give my vote to Halimah Yasir so that she will be out of parliament house forever !
    Certainly, all the white monkeys from PA, RC, some statutory boards and their families will vote for PAP proposed candidate !
    Spoilt votes give them a high chance

  16. Spoiling your vote is a bad idea. Instead vote for anyone who as far as we know is as far removed from the piss and puke. Before polling day arrives we should be able to settle on one candidate and hope he realises the reason for our support. Also we permanently disrupt a piss and puke parasite from the system

    1. I agree. But by spoiling your vote you are BY DEFAULT accepting the system because after polling day the only TANGIBLE evidence that matters is a gov-sg chosen president, chosen in accordance with these new rules. It’s mission accomplished for them, just like GE15 the 70% paved the way for them to do as they pleased, this change to EP rules being one of the changes. If we choose someone else then that person becomes OUR TANGIBLE SYMBOL of protest, because we make it so when we put the cross next to his name. He will be that symbol for the next 6 years and gov-sg will ponder about not getting its way EVEN WHEN IT HAS THE POWER TO DESECRATE PARLIAMENT

    2. Ric Tango says:

      By casting a vote you have accepted this stupid reason to vote a monority race. Then what is our national pledge for. Don’t fall into Pap’s trap

    3. Leonard NG when the owner of 2nd Chance 1st announced he’s going to contest, I already said gov-sg to bend the laws to let him as he doesn’t qualify, that he is a gov-sg decoy. Even the 2nd interested candidate is more likely than not also a decoy. We all expect that, it’ll be no surprise. But the game is to frustrate gov-sg as much as possible and hope for the best which will nit be the case with spoilt votes

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        Alan Wong ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Frankly all these candidates can’t even qualify to be Finance Minister, yet our PAP Govt want us to believe they can equally qualify as President to look after our reserves. Looks like the whole Presidential election has been fixed right from the beginning. I honestly don’t think that the PAP Govt really have the interests of the minorities at heart with regards to the Presidential Election. They even have no qualms to violate our Constitutional right that everyone is equal before our laws simply to spoil the TCB’s chances of standing for election. I will vote for TCB.

    4. Leonard NG says:

      I actually disagree. 1st of all we won’t know if the rest of candidates are smokescreen or not. Secondly.. By voting anyone of them is just giving gov an excuse that this race election is working. Lastly… I strongly disagree with this race thingy.. Today there’s 4 big race recognized in Singapore. What’s going to happen when more non native become citizens and we need to include other races as well? I’m not going to be part of this racist concept and tell my kids this is what Singapore is.

    5. Ang Bob says:

      READ & SHARE THIS MY FELLOW SINGAPOREANS,

      We CAN’T DICTATE the game rules but PLAY ALONG with PAP game rules.

      We CAN’T FIND PERFECT Presidential Candidate because of PAP stringent requirements.

      We CAN ONLY PICK the STRONGEST & MOST INDEPENDENT (NON PAP Establishment) OPPONENT available to BEAT PAP game rules & DENY PAP their PUPPET PRESIDENT !

      Last PE, TCB lost by 3000+ votes, if only these 3000+ votes were diverted to TCB, PAP/ TT would have lost !

      This PE, We NEED TO THROW OUR VOTES at the STRONGEST & MOST INDEPENDENT OPPONENT to beat PAP Candidate !

      DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE !

      READ & SHARE – BOYCOTT & SPOIL VOTES WILL HAND VICTORY TO PAP CANDIDATE IN PE/ GE WITH SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES !

      https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1280140965429044&id=100002994593056&hc_location=ufi&pnref=story

  17. If people can be brought together to collectively bring about a certain outcome, then it can be done again…say in a General Election. That’s the point. That’s the message.

  18. Ng Alfred says:

    We don’t need another PAP selected President. ..we are wise n matured enough to decide for ourselves…don’t always force feed us…we may not be able to swallow. ..

  19. Kevin Lowe says:

    Spoiling your vote is like cutting your own nose to spite your own face….our only redress is the vote and we want to throw it away? Of course they want you to throw it away because they think (perhaps know from history) that we are dumb….think…act…Vote!

  20. David Yeo says:

    This round of presidential exercise is dirt and shit. There is no intergrity and honor. Same goes to the next president – no honor for her

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