Halimah finally indicates her interests in Presidency after 5 months

ST just reported Sunday morning (16 Jul) that Halimah Yacob, the Speaker of Parliament, has indicated that she may run for President in coming election in Sep.”I am thinking about it, of running for the presidency,” she told reporters after a community event at her Marsiling ward. She said that she has been asked the question “many, many times” by Singaporeans from all walks of life, and was “honored and humbled”.“It’s not a question that you can just make a decision alone. I need to consult my family and collegues who are supporting me in the various duties that I am doing,” she added.Previously, she had refused to say if she was considering running and would always deflect questions by reporters without confirming or denying the rumours that she would be running for the presidency.

Halimah, an Indian Muslim, however also told reporters that she was “not really announcing” a presidential bid. Asked why she decided to address the topic now, she said, “A lot of Singaporeans have asked me so that’s why I want to share with you the thought processes that I go through… before making the final decision.”

“I feel that in whatever capacity that we serve, it is important that we serve Singapore and we serve Singaporeans. That is always my guiding principle,” she added.

Halimah did not address what would happen if she leaves her constituency, but said her residents would “always be close to my heart”.

When asked by reporters if she had collected the application forms to contest in the upcoming Presidential Election, she quipped, “(In the) modern day you don’t need to collect the form… whoever wants to stand as a candidate can download it.”

Netizens not surprised by Halimah’s reply

Online, many critics are saying it’s all part of a “wayang” show. They are not surprised that Halimah has indicated her interests in the presidency.

One netizen said, “Wayang CLOWN…. Halimah, the World will be surprised if you are not running for the ERECTED PRESIDENT!! No need to pretend. You may be fools but not the others. Pui pui…”

“Don’t pretend la..just say u will stand la n all whites supported u ok…,” said another.

Yet another said, “Aiyah Zhai Zhai one… 70% voted for ownself vote ownself. The irony.”

“This completes the full installation of party people at all key positions,” observed another.

Chan Chun Sing let the cat out of the bag in Feb

Still, another netzien commented, “She (Halimah) is definitely pre-elected by PAP.”

There may be some truth in what this netizen said because 5 months ago during a debate on the Presidential Election (amendment) Bill in Parliament in Feb, Minister Chan Chun Sing accidentally let the cat out of the bag by calling Halimah “Madam President” instead of “Madam Speaker”.

He did it not once but twice before he corrected himself.

Despite strenuous opposition from all opposition MPs and NMP Kok Heng Luen, the Bill was passed by the PAP-dominated Parliament.

The amended bill enables the coming Presidential Election to be reserved for a minority Malay candidate.

Now that Halimah’s candidacy is a foregone conclusion, one netizen asked, “Will she champion for lower fish price since she said buy fish if chicken is too expensive?”


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31 Responses to “Halimah finally indicates her interests in Presidency after 5 months”

  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Another self-serving, greedy PAP MP. Have seen her in action. She has that “skill” common to PAP MPs – “talking without saying anything” (useful) or “talking from both sides of the mouth”.

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  • voodooChild:

    Yet another parliamentary “elected” president.

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  • never trust pap:

    we are going holiday on election day

    we are four votes.

    we believe in singapore for singaporeans, and not singapore based on race.

    we are going holiday on election day since no creditable candidate such as Dr TCB is available for us to cast our votes.

    we go holiday as a silent form of protest. because we do not believe ruling by favour and governing by race are the means for singapore to move forward.

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  • The "spin" begins:

    She “may run …” Really? Halimah should not insult the intelligence of Singaporeans with her crap.

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  • “I feel that in whatever capacity that we serve, it is important that we serve Singapore and we serve Singaporeans. That is always my guiding principle,” she added.

    So if she’s really for Singaporeans, would she leave PAP, the very party that’s been selling out Singaporeans to foreigners and elites’ largesse?

    never trust pap: we are four votes.

    we believe in singapore for singaporeans, and not singapore based on race.

    we are going holiday on election day since no creditable candidate such as Dr TCB is available for us to cast our votes.

    we go holiday as a silent form of protest. because we do not believe ruling by favour and governing by race are the means for singapore to move forward.

    PAP wouldn’t care even if only 10% of electorate turns out to vote, as long as they win. What would hit them is if 80% of electorate turns out to vote and they cannot garner even 10% of that.

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  • Who's tat LooneLee PM in G20:

    Why now? Clear as crystal, Dr Tan appealed against Hi Cot decision and the hearing is just next week! Her ‘announcement’ is a reminder to the Cot of Appeal, “No changes ya? Screw up and you’d get shipped out!”

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  • Surrendered:

    People live through the process of learning and from the lessons people had experimented and encountered before. If no lesson taught, neither improvement nor changes required any reflection. No protest is good, but some protest is healthy. We need a govt that is not planning solely for themselves, their family and their empire. We need a govt that is working for Singapore and looking after the welfare of all native Singaporeans. If a President is controlled by the govt in the decision making, please put a statue of liberty there instead. We have “secret ministerial committee” that could be formed anytime to do the job. Please use that portion of $ to halt the 30% water hike.

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  • Jangan Wayang Harimau!:

    You think Singaporeans are impressed with you?

    The ‘last puppet’ already failed Singapore badly; failed to safeguard and account for our nation’s reserve, failed to scrutinise appointments to high office and failed to protect the good image of Singapore in the international arena!

    We don’t need ‘another puppet’ especially one that is ‘endorsed’ by the gahment!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    From day one of the constitutional change, she should just say she will be running for the presidency. Why pretend. The change was tailor-made for her.

    She worries after resigned from PAP and lose the Presidency, she has to retire. Her Speaker of Parliament $$ will be gone. Don’t worry lah, Madam President, you will be posted to some GLC lah!!

    Meanwhile, check with President Tony Tan, where’s the key to the Reserve. Do some cleaning of the Istana for Halal certification.

    BTW, check your DNA if you are Indian or Malay. It doesn’t matter anyway. It is up the Parliament to decide as a Judge has ruled.

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  • MarBowling:

    Since she is an Indian Muslim wearing a Tudung all day/night LOONG, she should ask her GOD who is the almighty Allah for guidance and advice whether she should contest the PE in Jul 2017. That is the RIGHT thing for her to do. Besides the Pee-M post, the President of SinKapore is the next most impotent oops important post of the country. So please TREAT the post with RESPECT by Not ASKING OPINION from ordinary folks, family members or your PAPigs comrades. Decide ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE with GUIDANCE FROM ALLAH! MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU.

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Can Spore please stop making a fool on herself!

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  • Foxes Working At Full Swing:

    In all practical purposes, meaning if we strictly follow the concept and practice of pragmatism, there is no need to have such an expensive President just for showcase purpose.

    The annual budget for the Presidency is $20 million per year or more. Plus President’s salary, bonuses, perks, allowances, etc, the Office of the Presidency (a figure-head and a mere puppet controlled by the PAC – Presidential Advsory Committee) plus the salaries and bonuses and allowances and budget for the PAC, the total cost of this make-belief for Status and for Showcase President would easily come up to $40 million a year. This $40 million can be used to serve as a safety net for those who are in dire need because of the government poor foresight in anticipating hardships that will be suffered by the people because of the influx of foreign workers and foreign scavengers.

    If the government really and truly believes in Meritocracy, then this Special Reserve of Presidency for a Malay should not have happened.

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  • Wayang - Form but no Substance:

    Dr Thum Ping Tjin of Oxford University said abt “democracy” SG style –
    many major decisions have been decided before “debated” in parliament.
    Thus, SG has the “form” of Democracy but not the Substance of democracy.
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    We, the Peasants, can use our fingers at the Ballot Box. !

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    Yeah, we should give a finger to the AristoCATS who should have known better !!!

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  • opposition dude:

    September is 2 months away so once she contests then we must keep harping on the necessity of a by-election.

    No such nonsense as putting a stand in for her, the stand in was never voted in by voters after all. If a stand in can be used then we might as well do away with voting altogether and assume whoever PAP has will be the right person for the ward.

    You want democracy well by jolly heck you are going to get it!

    Keep harping on this issue people, the PM must be forced to hold a by-election, no excuses will be accepted!

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  • JUST4FUN:

    ONSELF Check ONSELF

    ONSELF APPOINT ONSELF

    THE ONLY CHOICE

    ANOTHER NASI LEMAK

    KCF AND ROTI PATTER NOT ENOUGH

    HA HA THE ONLY ONE

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  • Halimah the Pukeima Yacob:

    Halimah WILL NEVER BE THE ELECTED PRESIDENT on account that there will be no completion.All other contenders wil be WEEDED OUT by the PAP leaving Halimah the Pukeima alone.She will be the ONLY contender and will be the first Eliminated Malay President winning by way of elimination.
    Any Malay who votes for her is admitting none in their community is good enough to be President and they must choose an Indian Muslim.
    GOONDU LEE also trying to teach the Malay community who a Malay is.The truth is this DISHONOURABLE SON does not give two hood about the Malay community.
    Halimah the Pukeima is just BEING USED by GOONDU LEE to keep TAN CHENG BOK out of the Presidential race nothing else.

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  • PAP KaKiLang for LKY Dynasty ?:

    So all along they already had her in mind when they proposed a minority candidate for President ? So is it any wonder the LKY siblings quarreled over their family house ? It was about the LKY dynasty afterall isn’t ?

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  • Halimah the Pukeima Yacob:

    The Best Outcome will be Halimah the Pukeima to loose the presidential elecection by act of God.She can neither be President or Speaker parliament.A loose, loose suitation.If that were to happen PAP will stop supporting her and pretend not to know her like what happened to George Yeo.

    PAP is like LALANG.At one time the all fall before LKY feet and treated him like a God.Now that he is dead they say he was senile when he signed the last will.

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  • billyma:

    She already knew long long ago that lol will make her PAP president yet she blatantly lying with both eyes wide opened.

    She will bring the office of president even to a much lower level than the current 35% PAP president.

    Lying even before elected.
    Don’t pretend to be so pious please.

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  • Nair connec bsdly:

    Nair is Singaporean first and is damn popular with workers as they know his affiliation and his limits. But populsrit is dynasty taboo. So deactivated with a depowering honor. Nair lost his acuteness in judgement and got carried away with flattery and increased affinity with old buddies. Awareness cometh too late. Diesd in exile regretful and buried with elephant, croc, hyenas and deady snake tears and glorifying sendoff.

    Agenda can kill and alienately. within any packs regardless

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  • more dangerous than cobra:

    Halimah, an Indian Muslim, …

    when we were young we were told when see cobra and ah neh strike ah neh first since ah neh more dangerous than cobra.

    now Singapore soon kaput. because not only ah neh but much worse, pap ah neh. Singapore confirmed gone case liaw because doubly more dangerous than cobra.

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  • Taleban:

    What did your NRIC states your RACE? Indian or Malay.
    Wearing the Tudung does not make you a Malay. It only shows that you are a Muslim.

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  • LIONS:

    halimah,are you full-blooded malay?

    we all know you are muslim but INDIAN by BIRTH.

    so,if angmoh married to malay sg wants to stand for EP,can oso as long as he is new citizen???

    so,what have you been DEBATING IN PARLAIMENT regarding ep reserved strcitly for MALAY origin sg???

    like that say,DATUK TAN CHNEG BOCK CAN WEAR A SONGKOK AND GO TO THE ELECTIONS DEPT TO APPLY ALSO???

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  • anything oso can:

    Mdm H may be an intelligent lady but she doesn’t speak very well…
    how is she going to meet & speak to foreign leaders or their reps..
    she was stuttering when she was talking about ‘her decision’ n at least once muttered ‘lah’..
    if she really gets the post, hope she invests in some speech classes .. very necessary.
    has our Singapore digressed to the ‘asal boleh’?
    I’m not being racist but the world is progressing but sg digressing in many aspects including our choices of picking our leaders.
    mana boleh ?

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  • Open PE:

    now that Halimah has more or less decided to fight in the PE, make it an open PE. isn’t it better to have Malay, Chinese and the other 2 don’t know what race, to choose from? PAP is afraid that Halimah will lose out to the other races, esp the Chinese? with the PAP supporters behind her, no sure lose what. if she wins against the other races, she will be more proud! and it shows Sinkaporeans are not racist!

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  • Makcik Nasi Padang:

    Halimah should be wise. All these years of hard work and effort builds her reputation.

    Can’t she see what the previous ones end up famously known for?

    Prata President and KFC. Now we will get Makcik Padang? Don’t throw it all away after all they’ve disrespected you enough to not give you a Minister position and continue the illusion that Malay not good enough to be Minister.

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  • MarBowling:

    Makcik Nasi Padang:
    July 19, 2017 at 3:12 am (Quote)
    Halimah should be wise. All these years of hard work and effort builds her reputation.
    Can’t she see what the previous ones end up famously known for?
    Prata President and KFC. Now we will get Makcik Padang? Don’t throw it all away after all they’ve disrespected you enough to not give you a Minister position and continue the illusion that Malay not good enough to be Minister.

    Response: Mdm Halimau,

    Spare a bit of your time to analyze the above words of wisdom. In your current position as the Speaker, Monie$ and $tatu$ Shouldn’t be your priorities or AIM! At this stage of your career and for the sake of your family, Integrity and reputation should be your TOP PRIORITIES! May ALLAH BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY!

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  • Singaporeans Not Interested!:

    She can be interested but Singaporeans (even the Malays) are not interested in electing her as President!

    If she insists, then good luck to her!

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  • Food for thought:

    Prata President
    KFC President
    Nasi lemak President
    What is it with Singaporeans and hawker foodfare?

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  • "Think About It" Wayang:

    The big wayang comes full circle.
    She is salivating the millions already, such good fortune for great arse licker.

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  • You Can Dream On:

    Open PE:
    now that Halimah has more or less decided to fight in the PE, make it an open PE. isn’t it better to have Malay, Chinese and the other 2 don’t know what race, to choose from? PAP is afraid that Halimah will lose out to the other races, esp the Chinese? with the PAP supporters behind her, no sure lose what. if she wins against the other races, she will be more proud! and it shows Sinkaporeans are not racist!

    Cheaters will not allow open PE.
    Use your dumb brain, all the months of deliberations, self serving reasons and wayangs for no reason?
    You want open election, kick them all out from parliament first and no less.

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