Constitutional Commission on elected presidency: Eurasian Association's submission

Eurasian Association president Benett Theseira (second from right) speaking at the Constitutional Commission hearing.
Eurasian Association president Benett Theseira (second from right) speaking at the Constitutional Commission hearing. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - The Eurasian Association has proposed a Group Representation Constituency (GRC)-style process for the presidential elections, where two or three members - with at least one minority member - run for the office as a team.

In this slate, one person will be the front-runner and will be president if the team wins. The other two will become members of the Council of Presidential Advisers.

It is a better way to ensure that Singapore has a president of minority race, rather than limiting elections to candidates of minority races if there has been no minority president for a few terms, said Mr Benett Theseira, president of the association, at Friday's (April 22) hearing.

"We are not in favour of restricted elections limiting that only minority candidates can stand. It goes against grain of multi-racial philosophy, and may create unhappiness forcing people to vote for a single individual who is an ethnic minority," he added.