As it happens: Parliament debates changes to Elected Presidency, Day 2

As it happens: Parliament debates changes to Elected Presidency, Day 2

The debate on proposed changes to the Elected Presidency system resumed on Tuesday (Nov 8).

SINGAPORE: The debate on proposed changes to the Elected Presidency system resumed in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 8), with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announcing that the next Presidential Election will be reserved for eligible Malay candidates if Constitutional amendments are passed.

He said of the timing of the changes: "I am doing it now because it would be irresponsible of me to kick this can down the road and leave the problem to my successors."

The Workers' Party's (WP) Sylvia Lim proposed a referendum to ask Singaporeans about the nature of the Elected Presidency. She said the WP prefers an appointed President, with the custodial role vested in an elected Senate.

On Monday, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob delivered a message on behalf of President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in which he urged Members of Parliament discussing the proposed changes to keep Singapore's future in mind.

In its White Paper released in September, the Government had broadly accepted the recommendations made by a nine-member Constitutional Commission in its review of the Elected Presidency system.

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Source: CNA/dl

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