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A sentinel to good governance - TODAYonline

Tonight President S R Nathan hands over office to his successor after serving 12 years as Singapore's Head of State. At 87, he is the oldest person to fill that post and he is also the Republic's longest-serving President. What is most visible to most people are the ceremonial trappings of the office. For example, foreign dignitaries call on him, ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Singapore present their letters of credence to him, and he officiates at the National Day Parade and the opening of a new session of Parliament. But not visible at all is the exercise of the Elected President's (EP) executive custodial powers. These matters of state are classified and covered under the Official Secrets Act and not even reported. Hence, it is no surprise that many view the Elected Presidency as a white elephant. Yet, it is most unfair. As an institutional watchdog, t...

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