Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Singapore - We Don't Need No Stinkin' Election

In a move that would be familiar to Iran's mullahs, Singapore has decided it does not need an election for President.

This somewhat predictable outcome was managed by the nomination commission deciding that no Singaporean was qualified to run against the incumbent.

The lone individual crazy enough to have tried to run as a candidate has seen his life trashed by the ever efficient combination of forces brought to bear by the state. Although a member of the ruling party for the past decade, he has now "voluntarily" decided to give up his membership.

One wonders about the future of a country that does not have sufficient talent to permit a presidential election every 6 years.

Perhaps a new ministry should be created to look into the problem.

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