07 Aug '11, 11pm

"Dr Tony Tan wants as much power as possible to be kept with the PAP government. The rest of the qualified...

“I think the mission of the president is to provide checks and balances on the Government. He would not be doing his duty if he doesn’t speak up whenever the Government crosses the line or fails to deliver the promises it’s made to the people. He has the moral authority to do so because he has been directly elected by the people. If I’m elected president I would not betray their trust and I would speak up for them. But I would not abuse my speaking rights. My approach is always first speak privately and confidentially with the prime minister, and convey my concerns. And I hope after the discussions he would make appropriate changes and I would not pursue further. But on fundamental issues of conscience, I reserve the right to speak up, when concerns of the people are not adequately taken care of.”

Full article: http://www.sgpolitics.net/?p=7015

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