Editor-in-chief Warren Fernandez has highlighted the predicaments that a reserved election surfaces, despite its role in facilitating a multiracial presidency and strengthening our commitment towards multiracialism amid more volatile conditions around the world (A very Singaporean dilemma in picking a president; Sept 3).
Part of the dilemma is how a reserved election affects the freedom and rights of voters.
We need to remember that freedom is relative, not absolute; that freedom is the outcome of the gears in society that uphold our rights, as philosopher John Locke suggested when he said: "Where there is no law, there is no freedom."
We wish to uphold our dual rights to have a presidency that is symbolic of our country's founding principle of multiracialism and to have a presidency that is based on qualifying criteria determined to ensure competence to shoulder the responsibility as the custodian of our country's reserves.
However, in doing so with a reserved election, our freedom to exercise our vote is potentially compromised.
This is because statistics tell us that in setting a higher threshold within a small population, the probability of candidates falling above the threshold is lowered.
It is a paradox indeed that in asking for more, we receive less.
Lavisha S Punjabi (Ms)