Damanhuri Abas, a member from the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) wrote on Facebook to reveal his thoughts of the amendment on the Elected Presidency (EP).
Mr Abas wrote, “People are still arguing about the merit of the upcoming reserved EP. There is a segment of Malays too shamelessly speculating possible candidates. This EP fiasco is only about changing the goalpost to ensure it will always be set for a Pro PAP stooge as EP. So we need to call out the bluff people. Do not get distracted by this Malay rubbish.”
“This is very serious,” he continued, “Our rights as citizens to fair, informed, and just choice are systematically being undermined. The whole exercise in public and in parliament to validate and justify this EP thing holds no ground if the very people that it claimed to be doing for were never fully consulted.”
“We the Malays do not need this fake show of kindness to the community. This is merely an open admission that in truth, the Malays have tolerated being treated as second class citizen in this country for the last 50 years. And you still play this game with us.”
“Racism is we Malays getting in our posting order after our recruit phase in NS into the same old posting fellow Malays get into for the last 50 years… And what that has done for this 50 years and counting is to sow a poisonous ‘Malays cannot be fully trusted’ mindset in all Singaporeans beyond NS into society as a whole.”
He concluded, “If the government really want to help the Malays, stop this evil racism that they themselves sow deeply in the citizens psyche that starts in NS. That’s where this racism begins and that’s where it must end… .”
Mr Abas also posted the opinion of a Malay writer, Alfian Sa’at’s, on his Facebook.
He wrote that he is skeptic to the Malay for president issue, “If minority representation was so important, why was this not factored in when the office of the elected president was first introduced?,” Mr Sa’at asked.
He said in the post, “That ship has long sailed. I, personally, have never had any yearning for there to be a Malay President. I know there are arguments about how having a Malay President will instill pride in the Malay community, that when we Malays view the portraits of a Malay President and his wife in schools and government buildings we will feel less invisible. I’m sorry but to me it will only make the President and his wife more visible and that is all.”
Long story short, Mr Sa’at wrote, “I would rather have a Chinese Elected President who can act as an effective check on the government than a puppet Malay President holding a golden rubber stamp.”
Damanhuri Abas also wrote his grievance in another Facebook post.
He wrote, “Where is the stance and integrity of our society if none of the Malay councils come forward to express our official views against an issue directly involving the Malay society itself?”
“Malay people deserve to know the position of their standing. Why would we purposely left Malay people without asking. We fear the long-term effect against the integrity of this race in the eyes of the complex public society.”
“Already beginning to be heard from other race that Malays are easily bought and sold with cheap price. The Malay Race reputation is at stake.”
He lamented, “Woo a thousand words when asking for help from the Malay people, amazing silent as a damsel when Malay people cries for protection. What kind of leadership is it in our society? May Allah answer for them in the world and the hereafter.”