Ex-NMP calls on Singaporeans to step up in future PEs to “preserve the dignity” of presidential office

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Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng joins several prominent figures who have spoken out after it was announced this week that Halimah Yacob will be Singapore’s next President by walkover.

In a Facebook post, Cheng pointed out that the only Singapore head of state who was elected “through a genuine contest” was President Tony Tan since President Ong Teng Cheong faced a reluctant opponent and since President SR Nathan also became president by walkover.

Cheng also called for more individuals to step up to contest future elections to “preserve the dignity” of the office of President.

We republish his post in full here:

“The PEC is fully independent – this I am confident of. Marican Salleh and Farid Khan did not automatically qualify on the corporate criteria and had to be put through the deliberative track. The PEC made the decision that their mitigating factors were insufficient, and disqualified them. Whether this was right or wrong, it’s subjective; afterall thats what ‘deliberation’ is about.
“What I am disappointed in is that there were clearly other candidates who could automatically qualify but didn’t put themselves forward. There are several other former Malay ex-Ministers, as well as Malay corporate bigwigs who DO helm corporations with at least 500m in shareholder equity.
“Why didn’t they step up? The Presidency is the highest office in the land in protocol, and when duty calls, one would have thought that good men and women will answer.
“It now stands that Dr. Tony Tan is the only President who was ever elected through a genuine contest. Mr. Ong Teng Cheong contested against a reluctant opponent who actually endorsed his rival on national TV; Mr. SR Nathan and now Madam Halimah were both elected in walkovers.
“This cannot be good for the dignity of the office of President.
“This cannot be good for Singapore.
“I do hope that in future, men and women of stature will come forward more readily to contest to be our elected Head of State. The President is the personification of our state, and holds the second key to our reserves.
“There are few calls to duty that are more important to Singapore and Singaporeans.
“Singaporeans deserve to vote for their elected Head of State.
“Please step up.”

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2017The PEC is fully independent – this I am confident of. Marican Salleh and Farid Khan did…

Posted by Calvin Cheng on Monday, 11 September 2017

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      Hello, it’s supposed to be reserved for a Malay. That woe-man is an Indian Muslim not a Malay. Many like me are outraged because of this. So, please don’t attempt to go there…! OK?

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      Sebastian Ng you are Calvin s spokesman? The article is about Calvin Cheng .I understand the dissent by the public. But Singaporeans got short term memory , come next election everything forget .

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    it’s like saying you deserve to eat the food you bought with your own money from the food stall. after saying lots of outrageous things he reverts to mere common sense?

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    The day PAP manipulated the constituition and the requirements of qualifying was the day dignity of the office was thrown out the window..anyways this Calvin Cheng has no Integrity and just wants to have his 15 mins of fame….

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    Strange, nowadays this idiot Calvin keeps bad-mouthing his master?
    I think must be Karma recently pay him a visit that finally makes him came to his senses.

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    Not that there is any lack of people stepping up, just that garmen keeps changing the rules. Please say something that people don’t already know.

    #notmypresident #bukanpresidensaya

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    What dignity is he talking about? The whitish cult has systematically dragged our institutions and constitutions thru the mud one after another by all sort of schemings just to preserve and shore up its own power and interests with slogan verbally like “together good for you, FOR ME (& PAP), for the people and for the nation” but focus on actions for ownself good….

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    Please la. No way. Present 2017 entry conditions will change again ! …. will be another walk over …. better to do a assignment for the post. Anyway is only ceremonial ! ….

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