Whenever I write a piece praising the govt I know for sure that I would get a lot of walloping from my readers. But I am just saying the truth. This EP idea is so innovative and so effective that soon other countries would be borrowing it from us. There is a genuine fear that the ruling govt of the day would turn rogue, and Parliament and all the parliamentarians, all 87 of them, could not do anything and someone must rub the bottle to release the genie in the form of a EP who would then be able to slam down the rogue politicians from running amok. I am not sure whether a minority president is more important or the protection of the nation’s reserves, the rush to make the next EP election a Malay President election would give an indication of which is which.
One genie, a very exceptional one, with all the stringent qualifications, with no compromises on meritocracy even if chosen from a reserve minority EP election, will be able to take on a whole Parliament of rogues. This EP is the last man in the defence of our nation’s reserves, incidentally include the people’s CPF savings, so don’t pray pray. Your savings in the CPF depends on the EP to protect. With this genie EP, your CPF savings are safe, forever.
And there is no worry that the genie would turn bad himself. His power can also be limited by the non elected but appointed Council of Presidential advisers that are smarter and more powerful than him, to control him if the genie misbehaved. If this is not enough, the Parliament could overrule the EP with a 2/3 majority I think, correct me if I am wrong on this. The genie is the most powerful factor, but can also be controlled. This is called checks and balance. Who says Singapore got no checks and balance? Some may think this concept a bit ‘mao dun’, but the virtue of it is that it works to the point of flawlessness. Many million dollar heads, the best in the island, have been put together to ensure that this is the perfect thing to have, so how can it be wrong, or how can it not work?
I don’t think any genius or any country could come up with a better and sounder idea, a better man, a unifying figure, all powerful to protect the nation’s reserves from a rogue Parliament, all rolled into one man, but its power can still be curbed when needed, by the same Parliament it was designed to control. With the EP in place there will be stability, no gridlocks, and our democratic Parliamentary system will be safe. And this is a responsible thing to do for the future generations. Anyone opposing this idea or offering alternative ideas is irresponsible.
PS. Someone said that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both qualified with flying colours when the stringent criteria for an EP are applied on them. This is a good proof that the formula and criteria are good since Trump and Clinton are good enough for the USA, so cannot be wrong. The formula has been tested.