There’s an epic battle going on now over one detail in Halimah Yacob’s Wikipedia entry
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Speaker of Parliament, Halimah Yacob, is thinking of running for president.
This has caused quite a stir in the ongoing presidential race, ahead of the September election.
Some analysts quickly proclaimed her the strongest candidate in the field.
But while they may be unanimous in their support of a potential Halimah Yacob run (save for one), there has been a little feud brewing online for nearly a week now.
It started on July 12 on Wikipedia, with this edit:
This was what was there prior to this change:
Let’s call the group of people who edited this, Team Edit.
Now, everything was hunky dory, with a few edits here and there, till July 16.
Which is the date Halimah Yacob was quoted in the press as saying she was giving serious thought to running for President.
For some reason, this lead to a re-edit of her Wikipedia page.
For reference, here are the edits that were made to the entry during the initial July 13 edit:
And they were swiftly changed back to this:
Which had been the category pre-2017.
We’ll call the group of people wanting to revert the article back to what is was Team Stay.
Since July 16, more than 30 edits have been made on the article, and their talk page.
Most of it having to do with those two categorisations.
Team Edit argues that Halimah was indeed of Indian descent, owing to her Indian-Muslim father, who had unfortunately passed away when she was young.
Team Stay insisted that that claim was spurious, and that there were no credible sources backing the claim.
These two screenshots are a nice summation of their argument —
Here are the some of the sources that Team Edit had put forth, both in the Wikipedia page, as well as the talk page.
However, members of Team Stay insisted that these were not enough, or credible.
And now, the Wikipedia entry appears to have been locked.
And it appears Team Stay has triumphed:
Now we might just be a small online news site from Singapore, and Wikipedia is a goliath of information.
But it appears to us that Madam Speaker could very well be both an Indian and Malay.
And you could just edit the entry to look like this:
Here are totally unrelated but equally interesting articles:
Top photo via Halimah Yacob’s Facebook page