Inderjit Singh thinks it’s “awkward” for PAP members to have to choose between two “government-endorsed” ex-PAP candidates for President.
He doesn’t know awkward!
Here’s a few more things that are even more “awkward”.
1. The President is supposed to be politically neutral. How can a PAP MP of more than 20 years or a PAP minister of more than 20 years be seen politically neutral, just because they recently resigned from the party?
2. How can a candidate for a politically neutral role, which is supposed to serve as a check on the Govt, be “endorsed” by the Govt?
3. How can PAP-endorsement be equated to Govt-endorsement? If a Presidential candidate is only endorsed by the Govt (ie the Cabinet) and not by the Party as a whole, why should PAP members feel awkward choosing between them? The Party didn’t tell members to vote for any candidate just because the Govt endorsed the candidates.
4. If PAP members feel awkward, why don’t they ask the Govt to NOT endorse any candidates. Indeed, the Govt should not make any kind of statement regarding the Presidential election, and stay out of it completely. Or does the Govt find staying out of Presidential elections awkward?
5. How awkward will it be for Singaporeans to choose between George Yeo and Tan Cheng Bock? Should they give Georgey a second life after MFA? Or give a cushy job to a nondescript PAP backbencher?
Lim Boon Heng is right: given the ground sentiment against PAP, it’s better to have a President who’s not seen as linked to PAP. Too bad Andrew Kuan’s bid has been rejected.
Will the real Tan Kin Lian please stand up?