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Serious New contender for SG president million dollar celery!!!!!!

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  1. micromachine

    micromachine Alfrescian Old Timer

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    SINGAPORE: With this year’s Presidential Election just two months away, Mr Farid Khan Kaim Khan formally announced his bid for candidacy on Tuesday (Jul 11).

    During a press conference held at the Village Hotel Changi, Mr Farid said he “decided to fulfil the people’s wish and trust by contesting in this upcoming Presidential Election which is reserved for Malays”.

    Mr Farid, who is of Pakistani and Arab descent according to his press release, is chairman of marine services provider company Bourbon Offshore Asia. According to a statement by Mr Farid, the company operated a fleet of more than 500 vessels in 2016. It has about 9,300 employees in 45 countries.

    Mr Farid said he is also founder of “undersea operation firm” Bumi Subsea, which specialises in remotely operated underwater vehicles and diving units for the offshore oil and gas and construction industries.

    More at Bourbon Offshore chairman announces bid to be SG president
     
  2. songsongjurong

    songsongjurong Alfrescian Old Timer

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    trust a paki? they are ranked.as the dalits.ightet shade of.black dalits
     
  3. Patriot

    Patriot Alfrescian Old Timer

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    "Mr Farid, who is of Pakistani and Arab descent" qualifies as "Malay"?
     
  4. Victory2016

    Victory2016 Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Your Madam Speaker Halima Yusoff is Indian Muslim.

    It just need a govt committee to declare her a "Malay"....... seriously......

    Wanna bet the next President will be a genetically Indian pretending to be a Malay?

    Any takers?
     
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    blackmore Alfrescian Old Timer

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    I too am baffled ; no doubt he is Moslem, how does he qualify as a Malay.
     
  6. Leckmichamarsch

    Leckmichamarsch Alfrescian Old Timer

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    does mooslim comm need help to compete? how sad........... looks like the minister mooses n ant P in parliament walked in fully assisted - how shameful
     
  7. Leckmichamarsch

    Leckmichamarsch Alfrescian Old Timer

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    as long as kkc potong aka foreskin cut, you qualify as mooselim...... even your surname is Lim
     
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    nayr69sg Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Ok ok. We all can sit and laugh say that so obvious that PAP rigging the Prez Elections so that TCB cannot run joke how they want Malays but end up with all these non Malays.

    But...... I tell you that when it comes to Election time the stupid sinkies will vote the PAP candidate. Then we will slam the sinkies and say so stupid blah blah blah

    This cycle has been going on for years and years.

    Nobody here learn from it ar?

    Give up on sinkies lah. Don't waste your time and effort. You can only save yourselves.
     
  9. scroobal

    scroobal Alfrescian Old Timer

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    The position is Head of State, albeit very much ceremonial. We cheapen the whole process by allowing complete unknowns to represent the countries. Never heard of this guy. Even if someone meets the financial criteria having run a large company successfully, there must be some presence of sorts.

    Seriously returning to parliament appointed President would save everyone the headache.

    Imagine after the press conference he adjourned to a restaurant to meet his supporters. This is not your local elections for an MP. This is head of state.
     
  10. Semaj2357

    Semaj2357 Alfrescian (Inf)

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    apart from not having the requisite gravitas, he wants to be known as a people's prez - down to earth, milling with fellow muds and eating / patronizing some stalls at the geylang raya bazaar, indulge in some gotong-royong projects to ferment the kampong spirit etc. that's what a prez means to muds and he thinks he worthy of the posit :(
     
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    scroobal Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Yes, thats my point. He obviously also bad in maths and politics. Firstly this idiot has not even figured out that the malay votes have absolutely no bearing on the results. This EP is reserved for a Malay candidate and not a malay centric President. There is a huge difference between the two. The sandiwara style of picking up the nomination papers by his gang plus cryptic comments was not helpful. The only thing missing is a songkok.

    Honestly I think if Fandi stood for elections, he would outvote this guy by a large margin.

     
  12. aurvandil

    aurvandil Alfrescian Old Timer

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    What would you suggest? Be an ethnic Malay but talk and walk like a Chinese?

     
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    Knn why would i vote for someone who is named kiam kan?
     
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    That will be sino-centric. Its like Tan Cheng Bock talking about visiting Chinatown, clan houses etc. Just be a Singaporean and what he can do for Singapore. Instead he wants to talk about addressing muslim extremism etc. As there are professionals to handle this, the logical conclusion is that he will work with Malay / Muslim communities to address this issue of extremism. Presidency represents Singapore in the eys of the country and the International community. Its is not an extention of AMP, Mendaki etc. His job is also not to elevate a particular community or address issues along communal lines.

    As I said before he could not tell the difference between an election reserved for a Malay candidate and the role of President. if he is concerned about extremism, maybe contest GE and get that on his manifesto.



     
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    notice that he emphasizes founder of "subsea operations" so as to make it kosher since bourbon is also involved in refueling - which can throw a spanner into his bid and open a can of worms as bunkering operations stinks to high heaven as is the smell of mgo 380, and i'm sure he doesn't bring clean hands to the table and neither to the office of the prez, if they dig well and deep enough. another candidate apart from fandi wud be ex-parlsec yatiman yusof, who, with a ketak-ketung entourage complete with bungga manga would be viable candidate - affectionately known as the kampong boy amongst his kith and kin.
     
  16. gatehousethetinkertailor

    gatehousethetinkertailor Alfrescian Old Timer

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    One can argue that there is in reality no such thing as "Pakistani" race - those that identify themselves as Pakistani do so on the basis of nationality rather than ethnicity - the main racial identity in Pakistan is provincial i.e. Punjabis, Sindhis, Kashmiris, Waziris, Balochis and Afghans - all traceable across the main provinces of Pakistan. The jostling for power has also been alongs these provincial ethnic lines. For labelling convenience yes they are Pakistanis. So any reference to his race as "Pakistani" is incorrect (plus this race only came into existence in 1947 just like the Bangladeshis who were initially East Pakistanis and then after fighting to break away became Bangladeshis).

    Anyway, either this is genuine sardonic wit or boh chap reporting since everyone knows already (in bold below):

    Marine service provider chairman Farid Khan announces presidency bid
    BY FARIS MOKHTAR
    [email protected]ISHED: 2:16 PM, JULY 11, 2017UPDATED: 9:23 PM, JULY 11, 2017

    SINGAPORE — Although his identity card shows his race as “Pakistani”, presidential hopeful Farid Khan Kaim Khan considers himself “Malay enough” to run in the coming presidential election reserved for Malay candidates.

    Speaking on Tuesday (July 11) at a press conference held at Village Hotel Changi to announce his intention to contest the September polls, Mr Farid, 62, said: ““I was born in the Malay village in Geylang Serai, the heart of the Malay community. And I adopted the Malay language, and when I studied in school, my second language was Malay... So, I’m very confident that I can be qualified as a Malay.”

    He was responding to reporters’ question on whether he qualifies as a Malay candidate. Malays in Singapore come from different ethnic backgrounds such as Javanese and Boyanese, said Mr Farid, adding that he sees himself as a Malay of Pakistani descent.

    Mr Farid’s name was first thrown up as a candidate last month after a group of friends had collected forms for the election on his behalf. At that time, his friends were tightlipped on his identity and would only say that the prospective candidate is above 60 years old, a Malay Muslim, and the chairman of a multinational corporation. The Straits Times subsequently reported that Mr Farid was the mystery man in question, although he declined comment when approached.

    Mr Farid is the chairman of Singapore-based marine service provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific. Married with two children, a 24-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son, he has been working at the company for more than a decade. The firm has about 800 workers in the region, and is part of French company Bourbon, which has more than 9,000 employees worldwide.

    Unveiling his slogan Together We Build Our Nation, Mr Farid said he was stepping forward to “serve the nation”, and “fulfil the people’s wish and trust”. He said he would champion issues such as strengthening the trust among people of all races and religions, helping the needy and troubled youth, creating more job opportunities, and promoting the importance of family as the building block of the society. He also wants to work with the Government and other organisations to stem the growing threat of radicalism. “I wish to serve this nation which I feel capable of doing so to the best of my knowledge and ability,” said Mr Farid.

    After the press conference on Tuesday, Mr Farid went to a nearby Indonesian restaurant at Changi Civil Service Club to greet more than 300 supporters, comprising current and former colleagues as well as family friends.

    Mr Mohd Shah Omar, a seafarer, told TODAY that Mr Farid was raised in a Malay cultural setting and has adopted its customs and practices. “Malays also have different backgrounds. I don’t think there is such a thing as a pure Malay,” said the 60-year-old.

    Mdm Norazizah Supait, who has known Mr Farid and his wife for some 40 years, also described Mr Farid as “more Malay than Pakistani”.

    Mr Farid’s father, who came to Singapore from Pakistan, had worked for a British bus company while his Chinese-Pakistani mother was a homemaker. His father died when he was 13, and the second eldest child in the family had to drop out of school to support his mother and eight other siblings, as his older brother had died at a young age. He worked at a timber processing factory during the day, and as a car washer at night.

    He later enrolled in a Marine Engineering course at Singapore Polytechnic. After graduating, he became an engineer and rose up the ranks while working in various companies.

    In 2005, he became a partner at French firm Bourbon Offshore and later helped to start its Asia Pacific branch.

    TODAY understands that the shareholder equity for Bourbon Offshore Asia is over S$350 million, but short of the minimum S$500 million criterion in order for Mr Farid to qualify as a candidate. However, Mr Farid said he was confident that given his job scope and experience, he could qualify based on the discretion of the Presidential Electoral Committee.

    Apart from Mr Farid, Second Chance Properties CEO Salleh Marican has also declared his intention to contest. The 67-year-old, who is of Indian heritage, was heavily criticised for his lack of fluency in the Malay language.

    Another name that has been bandied about is Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, whose father was Indian-Muslim.

    To qualify for the reserved election, prospective candidates will have to submit a community declaration to the Community Committee to certify their ethnic group. A fact-finding process will be conducted by a sub-committee to decide if the candidate belongs to the community. The person may be interviewed and required to provide further information, among other things.

    http://www.todayonline.com/singapor...-chairman-farid-khan-announces-presidency-bid
     
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    gatehousethetinkertailor Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Currently none of the candidates potential or otherwise are even strictly Malay by race categorisation - so far two DKK and one Muslim mixed (non-Malay)
     

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