Role of the President of Singapore according to Law Minister?
“The real questions which we should be asking are:
Who would best protect the reserves? Who has the knowledge, the skills and the acumen? Who will best command the respect of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to best influence them? Who has the gravitas and stature to be the symbol of the country?
The wrong questions would be:
Who is going to speak up publicly? Who is going to contradict the Government? Who is going to engage the Government in public issues?
Wrong questions because the President can’t do any of these things. He will be acting unconstitutionally.”
- Singapore’s Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam