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SDP考虑通过司法程序迫使政府举行马西泠友池集选区补选

 

哈利玛.雅古女士已经宣布,她准备参与来届的总统选举;她同时也提交辞呈辞去了马西泠友池集选区国会议员。

集选区选举制度是是在1988年开始实施的。当时提出实施这个制度的理由是:

“确保新加坡国会将永远是一个有多元种族组成和具有代表性的。”正因为如此,国家宪法要求参与集选区的团队必须最少要有一名成员是来自少数种族社群的。

基于宪法条款的这个约定,哈利玛女士身为马西泠友池集选区的国会议员,她辞去了国会议员,不论在宪法约定的条款下,或者实施集选区的精神实质上都是与集选区制度背道而驰的。鉴于此,她的辞职必然要导致马西泠友池集选区举行补选!

每当举行大选时,政府都依法规定必须要有一定数额的集选区,以显示选举是具有公平的代表性的。假设政府可以去掉一个他/她已经获选的少数种族国会议员,那么,为什么政府要设下规定集选区参选的少数种族人数参与竞选!

与此同时,政府不断地特别强调在集选区制度下少数种族的代表性,是为了确保这些少数种族在集选区制度下的成分有效性。在(有关少数种族的)国会议员辞职后,是不是政府也同时除去了少数种族的国会的代表性?

明确地说,哈利玛女士的辞职,是行动党经过深思熟虑后做出的决定的。这样就可以让她参与另一场选举。行动党不可以为了制造进行举行另一个选举的机会,而允许让经过国会选举的国会议员的职位空置着的。这是对选举制度的一种践踏和对选举制度的一种嘲弄。

如果行动党坚持集选区选举制度,那它必须遵守法律规定进行补选,不能够鱼与熊掌兼得。

陈振声部长说,无论如何,假设哈利玛女士辞职的,留下的国会议员空缺职位将不会举行补选填补。这是一种独断独行和违背宪法的做法,是与集选区制度的的背道而驰的,它必须受到司法的挑战。

 为此,新加坡民主党将会积极探讨寻求通过法律途径要求举行马西泠友池集选区举行补选,确保行动党不会随心所欲地更改法律条款的约定或者自行诠释法律条款适应自己执政上的需求,

SDP to consider legal proceedings to compel govt to call for by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee

Singapore Democrats

Ms Halimah Yacob has announced that she will contest in the coming Presidential Elections and has resigned as MP for the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

The GRC system was introduced in 1988, the official reason being

to ensure that Singapore’s parliament would always be multiracial in composition and representation.

As such, the constitution requires that GRC teams include at least one member from a minority community.

Given this rationale, Ms Halimah’s stepping down as MP runs counter to the essence of the GRC system both in letter and spirit. Her resignation must necessarily trigger a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee.

The government determines the number of GRCs needed at any one general election necessary for fair representation. If the government can remove a minority MP at will after he/she is elected, why set the number of GRCs – and therefore the number of minority MPs – to be contested in the first place?

In addition, the government stipulates the particular ethnic representation for a particular GRC so as to ensure that the ethnic community in that GRC is adequately and effectively represented. By removing that MP, is the government not also removing that community’s representation in Parliament?


To be clear, Ms Halimah’s resignation is a deliberate and calculated ploy by the PAP to remove one of its MPs in order that she may stand for another election. The PAP cannot be allowed to vacate elected Parliamentary seats just to maximise its electoral chances for another office. It is an abuse of the system and makes a mockery of the general elections.

If the PAP insists on taking such a step, it must abide by the rule of law and call for a by-election. It cannot have its cake and eat it too.

Minister Chan Chun Sing says, however, that no by-election will be held if Ms Halimah were

to resign from her seat. Such a unilateral and unconstitutional measure runs counter to the concept of the GRC system and must be challenged.


To this end, the SDP will actively explore legal remedies to ensure that the PAP does not willy-nilly change rules or interpret the law to suit its own political ends by calling for a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee.

 

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