55% are disgusted reading "Why President isn't like an MP"?!

I am surprised with the reaction. Check out the screenshot of the MOODmeter of the Asiaone article. The title is "Why President isn't like an MP: DPM Teo". 55% professed they're Disgusted!!

Why such a negative reaction? Is it because of his rather patronizing statement? for example: "This is not a general election...electing an MP is different from electing a president."

Of course educating voters are all fine & alright, but ultimately it's the voters who will vote. And they are the ones who shall decide whether or not electing a president is different from electing an MP.

So you may or may not agree the statement of DPM Teo Chee Hean was patronizing. In fact, it may not be true (that it's somewhat condescendingly patronizing). In fact, there may be a misquote somewhere. Yet, it won't change the fact that as per Mon, 20/06 1730 hrs, of those readers who bother to vote in the MOODmeter, there're 55% disgusted of the article.

VOTERS in the upcoming presidential election should look for qualities which differ from those of a candidate running for a Member of Parliament (MP) position, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.

While an MP should work with residents, be active and be on the ground, the President has a different role to play, he said.

Mr Teo explained: "He needs to be measured, considered, and at the same time, also a unifying factor at a higher level for all Singaporeans.

"This is not a general election...electing an MP is different from electing a president." Mr Teo was speaking to reporters at the official opening of a hard court at the Sengkang Community Club.

He said: "It is important that voters and Singaporeans understand the differences, so that they will be able...to select the appropriate person."

Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, is not the first politician to comment on the role and powers of a president.

Earlier this month, former senior minister S. Jayakumar told reporters that a president has no power to initiate decisions or policy, but has only blocking powers in specified areas.

He said: "The President, under the Constitution, must act on the advice of the Cabinet". A day later, Law Minister K. Shanmugam concurred with Prof Jayakumar that the President does not have a role in advancing his own policy agenda.

Mr Teo yesterday declined to comment on the likely candidates in the presidential elections due by Aug 31.

Among the possible candidates is former deputy prime minister Tony Tan, 71, who has not ruled out the possibility of running for the presidency.

Currently in the United States on a work-related trip for the National Research Foundation, which he chairs, he said he will speak further about the presidency when he returns to Singapore this week.

Others who have expressed their interest in the post are former MP for Ayer Rajah Tan Cheng Bock, 71, and former NTUC Income chief Tan Kin Lian, 63.

Incumbent President S R Nathan, 86, said last week that he had not decided if he would run for a third term in office, adding that age was a factor.

Mr Teo hopes that the upcoming presidential elections will be held in a dignified way.

He said: "I'm glad to see that, thus far, the various candidates who have put themselves forward have done so in this way. This is, after all, the highest office in the land."

From Asiaone, "Why President isn't like an MP: DPM Teo".


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