21 Aug '11, 11am

PE: Candidates clarify their stand on role of President

SINGAPORE: Singapore's four presidential candidates have clarified what they believe to be the powers of the President. They were speaking to reporters as campaigning hit the halfway point on Sunday. Since the start of the hustings, a number of policy suggestions to improve Singapore society have been floated by the candidates. For instance, after making stops at old folks' homes on Saturday, Mr Tan Kin Lian suggested a state pension for the elderly while Mr Tan Jee Say called for the income ceiling for nursing home subsidies to be raised. This led to presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock commenting that candidates should not promise things that cannot be delivered under the constitutional powers of the President, or get involved in day-to-day politics. Responding on Sunday, Mr Tan Kin Lian had a more optimistic view of things. "I would like to ask my good friend Dr Tan...

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