Cheng Bock: Move PMO out of Istana

SINGAPORE - Dr Tan Cheng Bock says he will ask the Government to shift its operations from the Istana grounds to another location if he is elected President.

In his Presidential broadcast last evening, he said that familiarity breeds the potential for compromise, which works against Singaporeans' interest.

In order to strengthen the independence of the Presidency, he said the PMO and Cabinet offices should not be housed in the same compound as the President to ward off unwanted suspicion of undue influence.

He explained: "This physical separation will further assure the people that the two institutions are independent of each other."

Dr Tan told reporters at a later forum organised by The Online Citizen that this was not an issue of cost, but about looking at the bigger picture.

See Dr Tan's full broadcast here.