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    REPORT: Singaporeans plan massive protest against Nathan By: Simon R. Nigel South East Asia Correspondent, Asia Press Service SINGAPORE, Aug 13 (APS) - A mass
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      REPORT: Singaporeans plan massive protest against Nathan

      By: Simon R. Nigel
      South East Asia Correspondent,
      Asia Press Service

      SINGAPORE, Aug 13 (APS) - A mass rally is being planned on August 17,
      nomination day for Singapore's presidential election, to protest
      against the government's refusal to allow potential candidate Andrew
      Kuan to run for the post of president.

      The organisers plan to hold the protest at the People's Association
      headquarters at around 11 am, when the incumbent, Mr SR Nathan,
      arrives to file his nomination for re-election.

      On Saturday, the island's Presidential Elections Committee granted Mr
      Nathan a "Certificate of Eligibility" to contest the election and
      rejected the bids by three other applicants.

      This means that come Nomination Day on August 17, the 81 year-old
      former internal security chief will be returned unopposed for a
      second six-year term.

      In a statement, the committee said that Mr Nathan has "all the
      credentials for the office of the President and is well regarded and
      respected for his public service".

      It also announced its reasons for rejecting the other three

      It said two of them, Mr Ooi Boon Ewe, a former tutor, and Mr
      Ramachandran Govindasamy Naidu, a retired senior store keeper, were
      rejected due to their lack of qualifications.

      "The career history of these two men obviously showed that they did
      not hold any similar or comparable position of seniority and
      responsibility in any other organisation or department of equivalent
      size or complexity in the public or private sector, which is
      necessary for the office of the Presidency," said the statement.

      As for Mr Andrew Kuan, the former Group Chief Financial Officer of
      JTC, the committee argued that "the seniority and responsibility of
      that position was not comparable to those needed for the office

      Singaporeans by and large were shocked at the announcement and
      newspaper offices were flooded with calls from irate readers calling
      on the government to explain the rationale for rejecting Mr Kuan's

      Meanwhile, online newsgroups and blogs saw tons of angry postings
      calling for the government to allow Mr Kuan to stand for the

      A posting on the soc.culture.singapore newsgroup said: "it's pretty
      obvious the MW ("men in white", here referring to the ruling PAP
      government) is NOT READY for the TEST".

      As the public outcry triggered by a huge scandal at the government-
      backed NKF (National Kidney Foundation) is still fresh on many
      people's minds, the reader said the government was afraid that Mr
      Nathan could be defeated at the polls.

      Speaking to reporters, the organisers of the protest rally said they
      hoped Singaporeans would turn out in force to pressure the government
      to review their decision to reject Mr Kuan's bid.

      "The PAP government obviously owes the people of Singapore an
      explanation," said the spokesman, who refused to be named.

      Meanwhile, an online petition calling on Singaporeans to support Mr
      Andrew Kuan for the presidency
      (http://www.petitiononline.com/sg050817/) has been gathering steam
      since it was launched by a mass organisation calling itself The
      Singapore Patriotic Front (SPF) here on Sunday.

      The SPF said Mr Kuan's "distinguished record in public service,
      strong professional financial training and experience" would allow
      him to do well as a "People's President", provide "a watchful eye
      over the Singapore's national assets and foreign reserves", as well
      as push for "greater transparency and accountability in the
      Government-Linked Companies".

      The petition also slammed the incumbent, Mr Nathan, for failing to
      discharge the responsibilities of his office "despite having received
      close to $10 million in salary over the last five years".

      It added: "this could be attributed to his lack of financial training
      and his being appointed by the Singapore Government instead of being
      elected by the Singapore citizens".

      Expressing shock at the government's rejection of Mr Kuan's bid, the
      SPF argued that "if the incumbent, despite his poor performance and
      his alleged connections with the Japanese Kempeitai during World War
      II, is allowed to run for the Presidential Election, there is no
      reason for a more qualified candidate like Mr Kuan to be denied
      the 'Certificate of Eligibility'".

      "Unless the Singapore Government is trying to manipulate the outcome
      of the election to suit its nepotic & despotic needs," it added.

      The SPF also took the state-controlled media to task for launching a
      smear campaign against Mr Kuan.

      "We demand that the Singapore Government stop treating Singaporeans
      as fools and manipulating the media to cast the incumbent in the best
      of light while conducting smear campaigns against all those who are
      running against the incumbent. This is childish & unconstitutional,"
      said the SPF.

      Mr Nathan's office could not be reached for comment Sunday. - APS

      Copyright: Asia Press Service
      URL: www.asiapress.com


      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

      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
      ceremonial office.

      Only in Singapore is it possible to have an "elected" president
      without actually having an 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 incestuous
      political circle.

      From: "Muse_Alternative"
      To: Sg_Review
      14 August 2005
      The whole problem of the "election" of President Nathan.

      Dear editor,

      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
      civil servant'.

      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,
      too late'.



      Forum: the Sammyboy.com's Alfresco Coffee Shop ™ Forum
      Subject: Mega Fraud: A Prez elected w/o election
      From: (BCVX)
      To: (ALL)
      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.

      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
      From: (DARINGDUDE)
      To: (ALL)
      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@o...

      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,
      etc, etc.

      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

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