The next EP in 2017 is reserved for Malays. Cheng Bock is out in the cold. Period. Nothing can change the fate of Cheng Bock on his chance of becoming the next EP.
So Singaporeans can now prepare for this big day when a Malay would be voted to be the next EP. Actually to be more accurate and correct, it should be the next EP election is reserved for a Malay candidate. By saying that it is a reserved EP election reserves for Malays may give a different as if it is only for the Malay community to vote their candidates to be the next EP.
Let me try to crystal ball the scenario on this election. Just hope that it would not be on a long weekend when the non Malays would find a good excuse to go for a holiday or a long weekend up north. Being a reserved election for Malay candidates may put the other races to think that this election has nothing to do with them since the candidates are from a particular race and they may not bother to go vote. Some may say it has nothing to do with them. If many non Malay voters adopt this attitude then the turnout may be quite low.
Another possibility, assuming that the govt’s assumption that the Chinese voters are racist, and they ‘tulan’, don’t want to vote, but since voting is compulsory, they cast blank votes or spoilt votes. What then?
In a worst case scenario, if the non Malay voters did not want to vote or cast blank or spoilt votes and the number of valid votes ended up with only 20%, don’t say not possible, the number of votes in favour of the candidate may be less than what Tony Tan got in the last EP election. This could be embarrassing especially after listening to what a minister said about a successful candidate not gaining an absolute majority votes. If the total vote cast is low, if the actual votes that went to the successful candidate is less than 30%, there would be many red faces.
This is an eventuality that could turn out to be real. Then what or what can the govt do now to fix this undesirable outcome when the non Malays felt that the election has nothing to do with them and everyone start to ‘chut pattern’ to stay away from voting? Would the election result become a mockery of the system?