Halimah Yacob confirms (again) she’s thinking about running to be Elected President
If the media asks her again, they may get the answer they are looking for.
On July 16, Speaker Halimah Yacob told The Straits Times after a community event at her Marsiling ward that she was “thinking about” running for the presidency.
“I am thinking about it, of running for the presidency…The elected presidency is a very heavy responsibility and an important institution in Singapore, so it’s not something that one should take lightly… so it needs a bit of time to think.” The Straits Times
Nearly two weeks later, Halimah, Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, is still thinking about it.
Here is what the Speaker of Parliament revealed to Channel NewsAsia at a post-Hari Raya gathering of 20 women leaders of various faiths today (July 29):
“I’m deeply honoured by the expressions of support, but I still need to further do my consultations.”
Perhaps it was in response to an article by Yahoo News which mentioned that a source — a former union leader — close to her as saying that she had already made up her mind.
Busy July for Halimah
Anyway, July has been a busy month for Halimah.
Her Facebook page shows that Halimah has been meeting quite a wide segment of the society, including union leaders and workers from various industries (steel, petroleum, HDB, chemicals, shipbuilding and marine engineering), civil servants, and religious leaders.
She also met with the French ambassador to Singapore and had a dialogue session with high-flying corporate associates at a dialogue organised by the Institute of Policy Studies on July 17.
On July 7, she caught up with Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and the Malay/Muslim members of parliament.
“Madam Speaker” was in a reflective mood today, as she mused about her 33 years as a unionist and 16 years as an MP.
Using a social media analytics tool, one can see that Halimah is already busy preparing for her groundwork for General Election 2020.
It’s no wonder that she has no time “thinking about” running for the presidency this September.
Top photo from Halimah Yacob Facebook