Madam Halimah Yacob has been named President-elect and will be sworn in on Thursday (Sep 14) as Singapore’s eighth President and its first female head of state.
She was one out of three prospective candidates to obtain a certificate of admissibility for this year’s Presidential Election, which was reserved for the Malay community. Two other presidential hopefuls, Mr. Mohamed Salleh Marican and Mr. Farid Khan, had their applications to stand for the election turned down on Monday as both did not meet a requirement for private-sector candidates to helm companies with at least $500 million in shareholders’ equity which automatically made her the only eligible presidential elect.
She said, “I promise to do the best that I can to serve the people of Singapore and that doesn’t change whether there is an election or no election … My passion and commitment to serve the people of Singapore remains the same.” ,
“The process may be a reserved election but the President is for everyone, for all communities – regardless of race and religion.”, She added
The 63-year-old will be Singapore’s first female President and the first Malay head of state in more than 47 years. She is definitely breaking barriers yet again after being elected as the first female Speaker of Parliament in 2013.