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MRT reserved seats for Malays as part of Elected Presidency changes

Posted on 07 February 2017

It is only fair.


Reserved seats in MRT train carriages will soon be set aside for members of the Malay community.

This follows on the heels of news that Singapore has amended its Presidential Elections Act to reserve the next president seat for a Malay candidate.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in the tenets of meritocracy but are unable to speak out when their beliefs are trampled upon, said they are heartened such measures are being taken.

Ma Lai Ren, a Singaporean minority, said: “It is only fair that the MRT reserved seats are set aside for Malays, as this is in line with the changes in the Elected Presidency.”

“If there are no trickle-down effects in wider society stemming from having a Malay president, Singaporeans wouldn’t feel the benefits of having a minority president.”

“They would think this is no different from having a majority, symbolic figurehead president.”

Other locals said there is no point in Singaporeans being overly-critical and analysing the shortcomings of such a change in provisions that allow a Malay candidate a better chance.

Another local, Tng Lang, said: “By the time it has come to this point where the policy is being rolled out publicly and people in Singapore are informed, it is too late.”

“To stop this from even happening in the first place, we need to go back several months in time to halt the proceedings from the corridors of power that are cut off from the ordinary citizenry.”

“Which means there was and is no way of stopping this from happening.”

At press time, reserved seats in public buses must also be reserved for members of the Malay community.







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  • Emelia Mustaffa

    The person who wrote it gave his/her opinions and criticism on this without thinking twice about it. lacking in duty of care and heading out to publish such an opinionated and taunting article; possibly and might create an unnecessary conflict with in the readers + communities affected.

    basically, what i,m trying to say that, this may be juicy but it is not required in the first place. in respects’ to freedom of speech, yes, the person is allowed to say and publish this article but because it’s writing about the public organisation with such a tone, this is a possible defamation case in which SMRT can sue the writer la.

    isn’t one of the rules of journalism is to be considerate for the benefit of the whole? anther golden rule: tell nothing but the truth (with supporting REAL and credible facts.)

    another underlying note; the publishers should have vetted through the article and thought of the consequences that will follow suit.

    what i’m trying to say is; They basically published an unnecessary article with elements of racial prejudices, which might create an uproar in the Singaporean society.

    hello newsnation, are you trying to bring chaotic fights between the races again? not safe le.

    • John

      If you don’t realise, this post if only for fun and laughter.