Constitutional Commission hearing on elected presidency: NUS students' submission

NUS students (from left) Carina Kam, Amelia Chew and Grace Teo at the Constitutional Commission hearing on elected presidency on May 6, 2016.
NUS students (from left) Carina Kam, Amelia Chew and Grace Teo at the Constitutional Commission hearing on elected presidency on May 6, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Affirmative action should not be used to ensure a minority race president, said National University of Singapore (NUS) law undergraduates Grace Teo, 20, Carina Kam, 21, and Amelia Chew, 21.

 

They argued the law should be amended to ensure a candidate is able to unify Singapore's different races and represent multiracialism, instead of needing the person to come from a minority community.

The three undergraduates were part of a group of four NUS law students. The fourth, Mr Russell Wong, was not present at the public hearing on May 6.

In the students' written submission, they also proposed that the decisions of the Presidential Elections Committee, which determinines if a candidate qualifies for election, should be made public.