Election rules relaxed to allow Lee Kuan Yew’s Madame Tussauds wax figurine to run as candidate

Posted on 25 October 2014

Tanjong Pagar GRC looks set for another walkover this coming GE2016.


It looks like there is no need to worry that renowned author Lee Kuan Yew’s Tanjong Pagar GRC will ever fall into the hands of the opposition political parties.

Election rules have been amended the last few days that will allow Lee Kuan Yew’s Madame Tussauds wax figurine at Sentosa to run for the next upcoming General Election as a candidate.

This rule mandates that as long as there is a 90 percent resemblance in likeness to the original, the wax figurine has fulfilled the criteria and can democratically contest for a parliament seat.

Jin Keh Long, an Election Department spokesperson, explained the basis of the rule changes: “The Election Department will decide on a case-by-case basis if a candidate can use a substitute wax figurine that looks alike to run in the election. But as long as the resemblance and likeness to Lee Kuan Yew is there and is recognisable, we don’t see what’s the problem with letting it run.”

“Because if you put the wax figurine in parliament and it doesn’t talk, it is okay, as long as the attendance can be marked as present.”

“A lot of MPs currently also show up and don’t say a word. And then there are already those who don’t even show up.”

This good news of relaxing the rules has been welcomed by the ruling party. It has created some leeway that will allow them to capitalise on it, such as letting two of the same person run in one election.

For example, as current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long has his own Madame Tussauds wax figurine as well, both of them can run in separate GRCs: One in Ang Mo Kio GRC, while the wax figurine can run in, say, Aljunied GRC.


Jin Keh Long reiterated: “As Lee Hsien Loong’s wax figurine also resembles him, two Lee Hsien Loongs are allowed to run in two GRCs in one election.”

“And there is no need to worry if he wins in both.”

“This is because Singapore’s constitution has already been amended to allow for two Prime Ministers in the event both of them make it into parliament,” Jin Keh Long helpfully explained.


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