07 Aug '11, 2am

Presidential hopefuls react to Law Minister Shanmugam's remarks

Presidential hopefuls react to Law Minister Shanmugam's remarks

From top left to bottom right: Tan Kin Lian, Dr Tony Tan, Tan Jee Say, Tan Cheng Bock, Andrew Kuan and Ooi Boon Ewe. -- ST PHOTOS: SAMUEL HE, GIC, CAROLINE CHIA, MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN, ALPHONSUS CHERN, ALBERT SIM SPEAKING at a forum on Friday, Law Minister K Shanmugam said that the president 'can speak on issues only as authorised by the Cabinet; and he must follow the advice of the Cabinet in the discharge of his duties'. Mr Shanmugam cited Article 21(1) of the Constitution which says the president shall 'act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet'. The six presidential hopefuls each commented on Mr Shanmugan's remarks: TAN KIN LIAN: 'It seems the president has less freedom of speech than ordinary citizens. ... I think if it's not forbidden, it is allowed. It doesn't mean I can do anything I want, it s...

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