Friday, March 25, 2016

Separation of Powers & Hypocrisy of PAP's Elected Presidency Agenda

PAP is most afraid that non-PAP approved candidate gets elected as President next year. The initial concept of Elected Presidency was to help PAP check on other party which become ruling party if PAP lost power in a Freak Elections.

However, PAP is not ready to accept such checks and balances exercised upon it while it is still in power but it just lacks the moral high ground,of reasoning if it is to scrap the Elected Presidency. If PAP could have its own ways, it would definitely set the criteria of Presidential candidacy so high that only PAP members could become candidates and thus President!

The hypocrisy of PAP is pretty glaring and it just proves that PAP is more self serving and ignored a proper and healthy development of Democracy when it comes to meddling with Constitutional changes and policy making.

After the scare that President Ong has given them and the near loss of their approved candidate in last Presidential Elections, they suddenly realized that the Elected Presidency may just become a double edged sword after all.

PAP is just too used to its dictatorial rule that any annoyance from the Elected President is considered unbearable. It only wants Ownself check Ownself as well as Ownself Check others but never be open and transparent for others to check on them!

Such dictatorial mindset is extremely dangerous and thus, it is only right for us to push for more powers to be given to the Elected Presidency so that it could be constitutionally empowered to effectively check on the ruling party. Instead of scrapping the Elected Presidency, which PAP would not mind really, and get us stuck forever in this model which breeds dictatorial rule of Ownself check Ownself, we should seek to perfect the democratic system of checks and balances by enhancing the Separation of Powers.

This is the reason why PPP decided to submit our ideas and recommendations to the Constitutional Review Committee even though we know the chances of them adopting our proposals are extremely slim.

Goh Meng Seng

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