Overthinking It

A Malay Singaporean reacting to news about a future Malay President

The PM kinda just confirmed that the next president of Singapore is set to come from a minority race. A Malay to be exact.

Many of us slammed the announcement, with most reiterating that race is immaterial to the presidency.

We have long put one and one together and said alamak!, don’t use us to to block Tan Cheng Bock la. #tanchengblocked

Some of us said that the president is just a puppet.

A puppet among the long line of puppets in their list which they claimed includes the MUIS and their Religious Teachers, the Minister for Muslim Affairs, your Malay MPs, the administrators of their mosques and every other person who seems to support the current government and their policies.

We have the perception that we have been screwed over too many times and this is just another one of it.

We had asked for the right of our sisters to wear the Tudung. The government asked us to be patient and said that we Singaporeans are not ready yet.

We asked to serve in sensitive positions in the army, the government said we are a security risk.

Now the government is suddenly telling us that, look you can occupy the highest office in the land as a president. In all honesty, many of us don’t know how to react.

“Baik La. Its about time anyway. Singapore is ours just as much as it is for the Chinese, Indians and the others.

“ Pui, takmo wayang la, ini semua politik, we are more then capable to vote beyond racial lines. Look at Murali. Look at Tharman!”

May of us went online to have a sensing of what the community feels but ended up reading more vitriol instead.

We really hated the fact that a Malay president had to be handed to us on a plate.

A dear friend of mine told me that politics govern all aspects of our lives. If there is power to be gained. Resources to be divided and decisions to be made. You can be sure that politics will be present. What more the decision on the highest office of the land.

If Singaporeans are not as racist as they claim, we would already have a Malay president within the past half of a century. Obviously we don’t and the reason is anyone’s guess.

He shared his wisdom that we can go on and wait and trust that people could think and act for the better and that a Malay candidate would eventually come through but alas this will be nothing short but a gamble on Singapore’s future.

He told me to understand one thing. That this minority thing is a safeguard – IF NO MINORITIOES COME THROUGH for 25-30 years, then it is the government’s duty to remind Singaporeans that this is a multiracial country by preventing the perception that no minority will ever go through from taking root.

He told me to accept the reality that we are a minority and that Singaporeans are inherently racist. This minority candidate for the EP is just another way for the government to remind Singaporeans of this disgusting fact.

As a part of the Malay community, we rejoice when we see Madrasah students doing well and topping the nation with their results.

We rejoice when we see another Malay attain success in his business or made it to the front page news to inspire the community

Why can’t we rejoice just as much, when we know that a credible Malay will attain the highest office in the land.

We Malays have a HUGE stake in the future of Singapore. 

Its not to late to start believing. 

Not only are we good enough to be president, but also good enough for other positions in the country including Chief Justice, the Prime Minister and Minister for Defence.

Melayu tidak akan hilang di Singapura 

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1 Comment

  1. Simple.

    Have the following to address concerns of the skeptics, and possible only if we could have the following additional proviso in the amended Constitution:

    “When the Election Office invokes the hiatus clause after a five-term period of 30 years to allow a particular minority race to contest among themselves, all the candidates may opt out by signing a joint declaration that they want an open contest against candidates from all races.

    In the event the minority race candidate/s lose in that open contest, the Election Office shall invoke the hiatus clause again at the next and successive EP contests until that particular minority race candidate wins the EP in an open contest.

    There will be no open contest when one of the candidates of that minority race opts in to have a reserved contest in a successive EP contest.”

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