07 Aug '11, 10pm

Shanmugam on presidential candidates: Quality is what counts

Shanmugam on presidential candidates: Quality is what counts

Law Minister K. Shanmugam (above) said yesterday that he never suggested that only a Government-endorsed presidential candidate can wield influence with the prime minister. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE By Tessa Wong LAW Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday that he never suggested that only a Government-endorsed presidential candidate can wield influence with the prime minister. He was reacting to presidential hopeful Tan Cheng Bock's interpretation of what he had meant when he spoke at an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) forum on Friday. Mr Shanmugam had said at the IPS forum that if the president is someone who commands little or no respect with the prime minister, then the influence would be limited. Dr Tan, 71, commenting a day later, asked if Mr Shanmugam was saying that 'the people's choice of the president matters little unless he is endorsed by the Government'. Please en...

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