22 Aug '11, 3am

If candidates are confused about the role of #SGpresident, shouldn't they be disqualified, asks our reader.

I AM concerned that a couple of presidential candidates have advocated different perspectives on the constitutional roles of the president in their speeches. If these candidates are confused about the roles of the president, shouldn't they be disqualified? It is important that candidates do not defraud the electorate with empty promises in order to win votes. We have a parliamentary system of government whereby issues are debated in Parliament through our elected MPs, and relevant laws are enacted. There should not be any advocacy of new political roles for the presidency, resulting in deviation from the Constitution. Opposing views on the policies of the incumbent government must be debated and challenged in Parliament. If changes are needed, the people have the power to vote the right leaders to represent them as MPs in the next general election. Instead of electing a po...

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