06 Aug '11, 1pm

“I have looked at the constitution earlier about whether the President can be the voice of the people to bring...

Law Minister Shanmugam is not the only one who has the legal knowledge and capability to interpret the Constitution. As a PAP Minister, he obviously will interpret the constitutional powers of the EP in as restrictive a way as possible – so as to highlight to the voters that they should only vote for “yes-man” Tony Tan. It is heartening that Tan Kin Lin has seen fit to obtain his own legal advice and to challenge Shanmugam’s restrictive interpretation. The Constitution definitely does NOT require the EP to be dumb and to be a “yes-man”. Looking at the publicly declared aims of the EP when the PAP Government introduced the institution several years ago, it is clear that a purposive approach to interpreting the constitutional powers of the EP must be preferred so as to give the EP the power and mandate to do his job. If Shanmugam’s restrictive interpretation were to be adopt...

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