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Old 25-06-2020, 10:01 AM   #1
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[Flashback] Govt prepared to pay political price over changes to Elected Presidency: Chan Chun Sing

08 Sep 2017

SINGAPORE: It will be a “hard journey” to convince people about the need for changes to the Elected Presidency and the Government will pay a political price but it is prepared to, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing on Friday (Sep 8).

Speaking at an Institute of Policy Studies forum on the Reserved Presidential Election, Mr Chan stressed that as a young nation, Singapore had to evolve its systems to adapt to its circumstances – not just to meet the “here and now” but also to anticipate and pre-empt challenges that may arise in the future.

Mr Chan asked those at the forum to raise their hands if they thought the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) had and will pay a political price over the recent changes to the Elected Presidency, and the debate surrounding it, including the hiatus-triggered model to ensure minority representation.

Noting the agreement of many in the hall, Mr Chan said: “Why, then, did we do this?”

“If we are all good politicians, we won’t and we shouldn’t do it,” he said. “No good politician would sacrifice his political capital for a problem that may arise in future generations. Most good politicians in the world would try to preserve their political capital for themselves to manage their current problems.”

“There are many conspiracy theories out there,” he added. “But for every conspiracy theory that is out there, I have a very good answer for you.

“If it has to do with an individual, then there are many other ways,” he said. “And if it is for political gain, then surely we are not achieving it as you have rightly pointed out.”

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Ok I am in your GRC. Will ensure you pay the price

Cos you xia suay. Third world racial politics.

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they oso claimed they hv prepared 17yrs to face the pandemic.

hope they wont throw a tantrum or baby cry after the erection
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oh, he gave us permission to vote them out
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Let them pay the price, so simple
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He must have judged that the political advantage from having a PAP president is greater than the political cost
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Many ways to fix TCB

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Old 25-06-2020, 10:11 AM   #11
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the reason they are willing to pay the political price is of course because they have assessed the price to be low enough (compared to taking the risk of actually having a legitimate presidential election). they don't think they will lose the GE no matter what. PE is ONE seat. GE? we know no matter what PAP isn't going to lose.
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Actually is it the 1st time in the world that a presidency is screened by race and not capability?

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what ish he trying to say? i dont get it

/edit i get it now after reading other comments


this fella tryna confuse sia

dangerous also, talk about mask issue throw in the gamble word
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Wow the internet never forgets. Thanks for the reminder.
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Wow the internet never forgets. Thanks for the reminder.
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