More equitable way to have minority-race president

A system that ensures a minority-race president being elected from time to time may be construed by some as an artificial construct designed to produce a desirable outcome, but it is inevitable, given the lopsided racial mix of our society ("Participants at hearing agree on need for minority president"; Tuesday).

Mathematically, and assuming that a good many will vote in a race-sensitive way, there is no way that a minority representative will be elected president, as minorities comprise only 25 per cent of the electorate, against Chinese, who form 75 per cent.

Given the 1:3 race ratio, would it not be more equitable to have one minority-race president followed by three majority-race presidents, each serving a five- to six-year term or, given exigencies, for one term within an aggregate of four?

There may be glitches, such as possible resignation or death, and the need for replacements. There is also the issue of how the minority candidates are to be rotated.

But these could be looked into and addressed by the Presidential Elections Committee and the Council of Presidential Advisers.

K. Kalidas

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2016, with the headline 'More equitable way to have minority-race president'. Print Edition | Subscribe