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Tharman Shanmugaratnam On Friday, the former prime minister won a record 70.4% of the vote, easily besting two other candidates in the country’s first competitive presidential election in more than a decade.Mr. Tharman was always clear ahead. A well-spoken and intelligent urbanite, he is highly respected by Singaporeans and is consistently ranked in polls as one of the island’s most popular politicians.

So when Mr Tharman announced a few months ago that he would quit the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and run for president, many Singaporeans were stunned by what they saw as a waste of his potential.The president’s role is largely ceremonial, with little authority other than having some say over the use of Singapore’s sizeable financial reserves. They have even less say in public affairs; The government, which has the power to impeach the president, has made it clear that the president cannot speak too freely and likened his role to that of the British monarchy.

As with past presidents, this is a figurehead role that many see fit for a pleasant, uncontroversial person to inhabit. But Mr. Tharman is much more than that.In addition to helping direct Singapore’s political leadership as finance minister and deputy prime minister, the former economist has also held senior council positions at global institutions such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At one point, it was even claimed that he would become the head of the IMF.

Some Singaporeans thought that if he left the PAP, he would make a name for himself in the international arena.He was even more hopeful that he could become Prime Minister. A poll conducted a few years ago found him the first choice to become Prime Minister following the resignation of incumbent Lee Hsien Loong. In general elections, Mr Tharman’s constituency usually scores highest after Mr Lee’s.

Part of that popularity stems from the fact that, as a long-serving MP, Mr. Tharman’s reputation has been protected from the swipes and arrows of public criticism that Mr. Lee has had to endure.But the 66-year-old has also cultivated a gentlemanly image and, unlike some other politicians, has avoided personal attacks. This situation pleased the voters, who loved their leaders as polite and statesmanlike.

Many thought he had the talent and stature to become an almost mythical creature – Singapore’s first non-Chinese prime minister – and break the glass ceiling that the government had long insisted was concrete.PAP leaders, famous for their racist realpolitik, often reiterate that Singapore, a majority Chinese country, is not ready to accept a minority prime minister.Mr Tharman remained silent on the issue until last week when he said he felt Singapore was ready, further fueling frustration among his supporters.

But Mr Tharman also insisted that he would not be good at being Prime Minister, and with the PAP’s new leadership waiting on the sidelines, it could be said that he is already on his way. One theory is that the PAP wanted him to run for president to help guide the next generation of leaders.And he chose to run for president instead. Although Singapore has had non-Chinese presidents in the past, Mr Tharman is the first to be voted in by the public.His supporters may claim his victory as a victory for representation and a rejection of racism. Ahead of the election, some social media posts insisted Singapore should have Chinese leaders. Mr. Tharman’s two opponents were both Chinese.

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Ironically he has also blown apart the argument for a key PAP racial policy.Prior to the presidential election in 2017, the government passed laws ensuring some polls would be restricted to minority race candidates. They argued that the rules were needed to ensure better representation of minorities in Singapore, which include Malays, Indians, and Eurasians.

Those rules did not apply this time, so Mr Tharman has proven that a minority race candidate can win under their own steam – and resoundingly so.For this reason, his victory “is certainly a win for race relations” in Singapore, said Mathew Mathews, a principal research fellow specializing in race at the Institute of Policy Studies.But he added that the results “don’t necessarily mean that Singapore society is race-blind”, as race would likely be a bigger factor in a more even competition.

The other candidates had CVs less distinguished than Mr Tharman’s, or were less known.As with any election in Singapore, this one was seen as a referendum on the PAP, which has suffered rare political scandals recently.Though Mr Tharman’s landslide win can be largely attributed to his personal popularity which has always outstripped the PAP’s, it also “shows that the party brand is not so toxic such that the association with it drags a person down”, noted Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, an assistant professor in social sciences at Nanyang Technological University.

Still, the victory has also been overshadowed by questions about the PAP’s influence. Mr Tharman was widely seen as the government-backed candidate.Though he has insisted he will act independently, few believe this to be true of a man who has been one of the PAP’s most loyal team players.This election also saw renewed disgruntlement over its opaque and restrictive criteria. A potentially popular candidate, George Goh, was disqualified while a more controversial one, Tan Kin Lian, who had been accused of sexism and racism, was let in.

It echoed the 2017 election where the government’s changes to the rules provoked anger and controversy.Mr Tharman’s win may have thus deepened the perception that the presidential race is increasingly rigged by the government.There was even a movement urging Singaporeans to spoil their ballots in protest, though in the end that percentage was around the usual average of 2%, which showed “the overwhelming majority viewed this election worth partaking in and legitimate”, Dr Abdullah said.

Mr Tharman ran on a campaign promising “respect for all”, including “respect for different views and political leanings”.But it is not certain how he would achieve that as president in a system perceived as perpetuating the PAP’s power – a system he helped to shape for decades.

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