21 Aug '11, 6am

PE: President has moral power, says Tan Jee Say

PE: President has moral power, says Tan Jee Say

SINGAPORE: Presidential candidate Tan Jee Say believes that Singapore's Head of State has the moral power to persuade people, even though he's not the centre of executive power. He said the office of the President is what the President makes it out to be. He said it can lend prestige to charity drives, similar to what President SR Nathan has done for the President's Star Charity. The moral power that comes with it can be used to pursue causes, such as promoting volunteerism. Mr Tan said these would be promises that he can keep. He said this during a walkabout at East Coast Park on Sunday, in response to questions from reporters on comments made by another candidate, Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Dr Tan had voiced concern on Saturday that some Singaporeans might be thinking that this is still a General Election and could be swayed by promises, such as Tan Jee Say's. Dr Tan also said t...

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