07 Aug '11, 2pm

PE: Shanmugam clarifies comments on President's role

PE: Shanmugam clarifies comments on President's role

SINGAPORE: Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has clarified his comments made at a recent forum about how influential the president can be. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event, Mr Shanmugam said that there are many areas where the Prime Minister has the duty to make decisions. Although the President cannot direct the Prime Minister on these matters, he can give his views and his advice even in areas outside his Constitutional power. Mr Shanmugam said it is untrue that only Government endorsed candidates can be influential. "The quality of the advice will depend on the person giving that advice and a President who is wise, knowledgeable and experienced will obviously be more influential than another who doesn't have as much experience or as much wisdom," said Mr Shanmugam. Mr Shanmugam said the office itself commands respect and whoever hol...

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