Halimah Yacob confirms she’s thinking about running to be Elected President

She will have to step down as Speaker and also resign from the PAP.

By Chan Cheow Pong | July 16, 2017

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has indicated her interest on Jul. 16 in running to become Elected President in September.

According to the Straits Times, Halimah, 62 was speaking at a Hari Raya celebration in her Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC constituency.

Her announcment of her intent to run confirms one of the most open secret in Singapore politics, since the constitutional change to make the upcoming a reserved election for Malay candidates.


Halimah has been Speaker of Parliament since Jan 14, 2013.

She will have to step down as Speaker of Parliament and MP of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC to contest the election and also resign from the People’s Action Party.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing had said in Parliament on Feb 6 that there will be no by-election in GRC if MP from minority race resigns to run for President. This in effect rules out a contest in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC when Halimah formally resigns to run for the office of the Elected President.

Two other members of the minority have announced their intention to run: Second Chance Properties chief executive officer Mohamed Salleh Marican, 67, and Chairman of marine service provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific Farid Khan Kaim Khan, 62.

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About Chan Cheow Pong

It took Cheow Pong two decades to recover from the trauma of memorising General Paper essays before he was ready to be an English writer. In between affliction and recovery, he thoroughly enjoyed his time writing in Chinese and doing Chinese translations.

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