Reserved elections level the playing field

I agree that it is a positive move to reserve presidential elections for non-Chinese candidates ("Right to reserve next election for Malay candidates" by Mr Patrick Tan Siong Kuan; Thursday).

The older generation was privileged to have had Mr Yusof Ishak and Dr Benjamin Sheares as our presidents.

We did not see the two presidents as Malay or Eurasian, respectively. For us, they were two very dignified, fatherly figures who were heads of state, and, together with their wives, Puan Noor Aishah and Madam Yeo Seh Geok, were people of quality character.

Singaporeans should not see the move to reserve certain presidential elections for non-Chinese candidates as tokenism.

Singapore's demographics favour the Chinese, as they are the majority. I see reserving certain presidential elections for minority races as levelling the playing field.

I hope that many of our eligible non-Chinese Singaporeans will step forward to stand for presidential elections and do us proud, as their forefathers did.

Agnes Sng Hwee Lee (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'Reserved elections level the playing field'. Print Edition | Subscribe