20 Aug '11, 11am

PE: Law minister emphasises provisions in Constitution

PE: Law minister emphasises provisions in Constitution

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Law Minister K Shanmugam said Singapore would need to change the Constitution to allow the President to speak whenever he likes and on whatever topic he likes. He also said no lawyer has told him that what he said about the powers and roles of the President as defined in the Constitution is incorrect. Mr Shanmugam was speaking on Saturday at the Singapore Legal Forum which discussed job opportunities and challenges for young and future lawyers. A participant at the forum wanted to know if Singapore goes by the strict interpretation of the Constitution when it comes to the elected president. Mr Shanmugam said: "The rationale is very simple. You speak as a voice of the government, whichever government is in power and you represent the State. If you get engaged in politics as a combatant, the institution is demeaned. There are very powerful reasons for ...

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