When it first came to light that Mr Khan may be running for president, questions were raised over his ethnicity.
Mr Farid Khan explained that his father was from Pakistan, and confirmed his race as Pakistani on his identity card when pressed by reporters.
He told reporters that he had grown up in the neighbourhood of Geylang Serai, which he described as ‘heart of the Malay Community’
In his own words:
“And I adopted the Malay language, and when I studied in school, my second language was Malay…So, I’m very confident that I can be qualified as a Malay.”
We do not think Farid’s race as a Pakistani will be an issue.
Race is a social construct. It can be what is written on your IC, it can mean what you feel inside as a person or it can even mean the language you choose to speak.
Compared to the Chinese and the Indians, Malays have always been the most open and therefore mixed. To them, it is the religion which matters more than the race. You can marry into the family as long as you are a Muslim. As such, you can easily see a Chinese-Malay, Indian-Malay, Indonesian-Chinese etc.
What he should worry is how none of his companies he has managed possesses over $500 million in shareholder equity.
We previously covered how this could also possibly a strategy in itself.
Because both Mr Khan and Mr Salleh shareholder’s equity are similar, it will be difficult for the appeal committee to justify one candidate over the other because their appeals will be similar.
Rejecting both candidates is also tricky because it would reinforce their narrative that the $500 million in shareholder equity is unrealistic and limiting.
With both Mr Salleh and Mr Khan names in the hat, it surely is an opportune time for other individuals who do not meet the minimum requirement of $500 million in shareholder equity to submit their nominations too.
After all, rejecting more people will reflect poorly on the set of requirements set by the community. With doubt setting in, it might actually make their appeals stronger as they win the court of public opinion.
Anyone else interested in applying?