Halimah Yacob says she is thinking about running for the Presidency

July 17, 2017

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has expressed her interest to run for the upcoming presidential election, which is reserved for Malay candidates. "I am thinking about it, about running for the presidency," Mdm Halimah told the media at a community event in her Marsiling ward on Sunday (July 16).

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  • Halimah Yacob expresses interest to be Singapore's first elected Malay President

    Halimah Yacob expresses interest to be Singapore's first elected Malay President

    Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said on Sunday (July16) she is "thinking about" running for the Presidency.
  • President has a huge responsibility

    President has a huge responsibility

    Halimah Yacob told the media:"The EP (elected presidency) is a very heavy responsibility and an important institution in Singapore, so it's not something that one should take lightly. The duties are also heavy duties. So I have been thinking about it. It needs a bit of time to think."
  • Need to consult family and colleagues

    Need to consult family and colleagues

    "I need to consult my family, my colleagues. It's not a question that we can just I say, make a decision alone," Halimah Yacob told the media.
  • This year's Presidential Election is reserved for Malay candidates. It will be held in September.
  • Halimah Yacob the first elected Speaker of the Parliament

    Halimah Yacob the first elected Speaker of the Parliament

    Halimah Yacob was first elected Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore on January 14, 2013. She is the ninth Speaker since the First Legislative Assembly of 1955.
  • Singapore’s first woman Speaker of Parliament

    Singapore’s first woman Speaker of Parliament

    Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s first woman Speaker of Parliament. She has been a Member of Parliament since 2001
  • MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

    MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

    She is one of the MPs serving the Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency since 2015.
  • A mother of 5

    A mother of 5

    Madam Halimah, who was an MP for Jurong GRC from 2001 to 2015 before moving to Marsiling, is married and has five children.
  • Former Minister of State

    Former Minister of State

    She had previously served as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Social and Family Development from 2012 to 2013.
  • As an MP, Halimah Yacob was also a Member of the Public Petitions Committee before assuming the role as Chairman of the Committee of Selection, Committee of Privileges, House Committee, Public Petitions Committee and Standing Orders Committee since 2013.
  • Distinguished career in government and public sectors

    Distinguished career in government and public sectors

    Mdm Halimah Yacob graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1978 and attained a Master of Laws in 2001 from the National University of Singapore. She was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws by the National University of Singapore on 7 July 2016 in recognition of her distinguished career and service, particularly in the government and public sectors.
  • She has championed for important issues and groups such as low-wage workers and woman affairs.
  • A 'labour' MP

    A 'labour' MP

    Madam Halimah is known as a labour MP as she had spent more than three decades in the labour movement.
  • A veteran unionists

    A veteran unionists

    She held various posts at NTUC: As deputy secretary general, director of the Legal Services Department, director of the Women's Development Secretariat and executive secretary of the United Workers of Electronics and Electrical Industries.
  • She is very involved in helping the Malay community, having sat on the board of organisations like the Young Women Muslim Association and the Malay Teachers Co-operative.
  • Her World of the Year 2004

    Her World of the Year 2004

    In 2004, The magazine conferrd the award on Halimah Yacob, recognising her contributions as a champion for workers’ rights and lobbying the cause for 26 years.
  • A champion of workers and women

    A champion of workers and women

    Prime Minister Lee has praised Halimah for her efforts in promoting better opportunities for workers and women in the workforce.
  • Berita Harian Achiever of the Year 2001

    Berita Harian Achiever of the Year 2001

    Madam Halimah was conferred the Berita Harian/McDonalds “Achiever of the Year” in 2001 for her immense contributions to workers and in the union movement.

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