Contradictions abound… The double paradox of the Elected Presidency | Singapore Election Watch #sgpresident #sgelections

There is much discussion and debate in the papers and social media lately on the roles and duties performed by the Elected President as circumscribed under the Constitution. With the non-PAP candidates putting Tony Tan on a defensive by emphasizing their ‘independence’ from the government, the PAP and the media initially tried to downplay the influence and importance of the Elected President before making a dramatic U-turn after triggering a massive public backlash. An increasing number of Singaporeans are questioning the rationale of paying the Elected President an astounding $4.2 million dollars a year if he can only open his mouth on ‘advice’ from the Prime Minister which demeans his office and relegates his role to that of a highly-paid ‘puppet’ of the PAP government. There are two inherent double paradoxes of the Elected Presidency: Paradox 1: The duties of the Electe...

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