Singapore's Great Election Hoax
Singapore president wins new term as elections panel disqualifies
By John Burton in Singapore
Published: August 15 2005 03:00 | Last updated: August 15 2005 03:00
S.R. Nathan will return unopposed to a second six-year term as
Singapore's president after a government-appointed elections panel
disqualified an independent candidate, dashing hopes for the city-
state's first open presidential election since 1993.
The possibility of an open presidential election was raised when
Andrew Kuan, a local businessmen, recently said he planned to stand
against Mr Nathan, 81, a former intelligence chief and diplomat who
had been endorsed by the government.
The decision by the election committee at the weekend to reject Mr
Kuan was expected after several unflattering disclosures about the
former corporate finance executive were made in the state-guided
Government officials suggested that Mr Kuan lacked the qualifications
to become president, whose main duty is safeguarding the use of
national reserves of more than US$100bn (80bn, £55bn).
Mr Kuan said he planned to "go before the Singapore people" to
present his case for an appeal. "I expected the government to
discourage me, but not this way," he said.
Eligibility requirements for a presidential candidate are strict,
with the pool of candidates limited to senior government officials,
heads of government agencies and chief executives of large companies.
Only about 600 people are estimated to be eligible for the post.
Mr Kuan claimed he was qualified because he served as chief financial
officer for JTC, a state agency that is Singapore's biggest
industrial property developer.
The elections panel said Mr Kuan's seniority and responsibility in
JTC were not comparable to the eligibility criteria required in the
constitution. After Lee Hsien Loong, the prime minister, called on
former employers to air their views of Mr Kuan, JTC executives said
his performance as CFO was unsatisfactory during his three years in
the post and he was asked to leave.
Mr Kuan said his presidential bid was a test of Singapore's
commitment to democratic principles.
Political analysts warned the rejection of Mr Kuan might pose a
political risk for the government in general elections, which are
expected to be held this year. Although the long-ruling People's
Action party is expected to win easily, a dip in voter support would
be seen as embarrassing,
Criticism of the election panel's decision has been widespread on the
internet, which is emerging as a political force in the tightly
controlled city-state. Internet postings said that it went against
government promises of greater openness, and that it should be left
to Singaporeans to decide whether Mr Kuan was qualified by holding an
Mr Kuan said he would push for more transparency in government
accounts as president. Temasek Holdings, the state investment agency,
and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, the state-run
international portfolio investor, have not opened their books to
From: Mellanie Hewlitt <MellanieHewlitt@...>
Date: Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:33 pm
Subject: The whole problem of the "Election" of President Nathan. mellaniehewlitt
Comments: Mellanie Hewlitt
At an annual salary of SGD2.4 million per annum, SR Nathan is the
world's most expensive ribbon cutter. Being pro Establishment and
a "PAP Yes Man", he is eminently qualified for this purely ceremonial office.
After the previous President Ong Teng Cheong decided to take his role
seriously and questioned the government concerning state management
of the country's reserves, Singapore's Ruling Elite have been more
selective in screening potential applicants for this largely
Only in Singapore is it possible to have an "elected" president
without actually having a election.
Whilst the government (PAP) controlled press and papers print pages
of a resounding political victory, we append below some articles
which reflect the true state of Singapore's inner most incestous
14 August 2005
The whole problem of the "election" of President Nathan.
I think by now we would have expected Nathan to get the certificate of
Eligability while the other 3 would be disqualified. After all, it
reeks of a well-organized PAP plot to continously support Nathan while
engaging in a shameful smear campaign against Mr. Andrew Kuan. The
Board who also decides who gets the CoE are also a bunch of PAP
loyalists and so are the Chief Operative Officers in the JTC board.
When Nathan decided to run for a 2nd term, immediately the top brass
of the PAP jumped on the bandwagon and decided that Nathan was indeed
the best 'candidate'. Week after week, more and more PAP ministers and
sub-ministers were praising Nathan for his 'hard work', 'loyalty' and
for being a 'People's President'.
Nathan also decided to crow those 'good points' again in countless ST
interviews. Everyone decided then and there that Nathan will be there,
no mistake and will win through a walkover. Case closed for the PAP
and their cronies isn't it?
Wrong. Andrew Kuan decided that he, too wanted a share of the action.
So last Friday, on the 6th of August, he filed his application for the
certificate. It stunned a lot of Singaporeans(in a pleasant way) while
shocking the top brass of PAP in an extremely bad way.
For one day, the PAP was slient. They wouldn't have realised that,
Andrew Kuan, also a PAP member would have the guts to challenge the
govt's appointed candidate. After that, it was war.
SPH newspapers from last Saturday onwards launched a smear campaign,
intending to discredit Mr. Kuan's CV at all costs. They didn't give
Kuan's supporters any chance of defending his friend. Nor did they
give Mr. Kuan a chance to defend himself either. The last low blow
happened on Thursday and Friday when Kuan's old bosses at Jurong Town
Corporation decided to come out and 'admit that Kuan was a useless
Of course, after the decision on Saturday(yesterday, 14th August) not
to issue the certificate to Mr. Kuan, the likes of the Straits Times
and Lianhe Zaobao proclaimed it to be the 'right decision' and that
Nathan was the only 'noble' and 'wise' candidate of all 4 who decided
to apply for it.
These actions not only reeks of a complete set-up and a sham of any
democratic actions, but it only shows how desperate the PAP are when
comes to ensuring that only their appointed candidate will get
elected- no matter what other people may think of it.
By doing so, the PAP has insulted the people's intelligence. By doing
so, they will ensure they have signed their death warrant. Such
arrogance will not go unpunished and such actions will be hard to
forget. If the PAP thinks that by doing this, they will extend their
reign- then they are completely mistaken.
Such insults are hard to forget, and there will be a time when they
will indeed regret it. But it will then also be a case of 'too little,
Forum: the Sammyboy.com's Alfresco Coffee Shop Forum
Subject: Mega Fraud: A Prez elected w/o election
DateTime: 13/08/2005 07:24:01
What a fraud on the people. An utter scam and farce of the gutter.The
country to have an ELECTED PRESIDENT without an election.Now the
question is, when the PrataMan sits in the chair again for
another five years, how is he going to adjust to the fact that the
citizens never elected him, they were denied the chance to elect a
prez and and that now he sits in the Istana by virtue of fraud,
scam and farce.
IF THIS MAN HAS SOME DIGNITY AND SELF ESTEEM HE WILL WALK AWAY FROM
THIS SCENE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. How will the Scums in White face
the people after this.
Even they are keeping quiet and still willing to wear that white
uniform. What kind of low integrity leaders this country is having
Forum: the Sammyboy.com's Alfresco Coffee Shop Forum
Subject: File complaint to United Nation abt PAP
DateTime: 13/08/2005 16:38:57
We gotta do file this complaint to UN right away.This is getting to
too much from the way PAPtoying with our democracy process and
ourcitizen rights in practice our voting rightsfor President
Election and General Election.
How long we Singaporean gotta tahan?No more, WE CAN'T TAKE IT
Fill up this form:
email to: tb-petitions@...
Ask UN to come to Singapore to hold a fair General Election and
President Election forUS.
WE need UN power now to help us to get out fromPAP evil and unfair
ruling of Singapore.PAP is a illegimate government of Singapore.They
won every GE by using unfairness tacticlike GRC, redrawn of boundary,
Please clearly state your name, NRIC and address.They will
keep it confidential. don't fool aroundby filling up fake
informations.Lets do it now!!
For related discussions see:
1) Mellanie Hewlitt; Lifting The Veil On Singapore Politics
2) Carl Kapeland: Legitimized Corruption Understood