Cheng Bock "disturbed" by Jee Say's comments on role of president

Presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock says he is uncomfortable with Mr Tan Jee Say's assertion that the president has the moral authority to check on a complacent government.

"I don't know what he meant by 'challenge the government', but when I saw it I was quite disturbed. The President is not there to challenge the government. The President is there to look after Singaporeans' interest."

Mr Tan Jee Say responded to Dr Tan after his walkabout. He said: "It is in line with the mission of the elected president. The intention of parliament is to have checks and balances on the government."

However, Dr Tan said he will not shy away from bringing up issues with the government if necessary.

The 71-year-old said this will be done behind closed doors.

If elected, Dr Tan also wants to bring different political parties together. "You may have political differences, but think Singaporeans first." he said.

His children, and even ordinary Singaporeans like a taxi driver and a nurse will be speaking at his rally at the Singapore Expo tonight. He said: "I told them they should not bring up bread and butter issues and day-to-day politics issues. As a president, I am not involved in managing the economy, the transport, housing or health."