Halimah Yacob to make 'pledge' to all Singaporeans on Nomination Day


This is very special because she will be Singapore's first woman president, and we are very proud that someone like her who lives in an HDB flat in Yishun could become president.

Yacob, a former member of the ruling People's Action Party, entered politics in 2001. She resigned from that post in August.

While we could grudgingly accept that this may be a Reserved Presidential Elections for the Malay but we definitely could not agree with the blatant political ploy to turn it into Reserved President for PAP's Halimah!

Presidential hopefuls are required to submit applications to Singapore's Presidential Elections Committee. If everything is in order, she will be declared president-elect soon after nominations close at noon. She will be sworn in at a later date.

In Singapore, the prime minister is the most powerful political leader, while the president's role is largely ceremonial.

"While reserving the presidential elections for only Malays is a highly symbolic gesture, there is a need to do more for concrete issues faced by the Malay community such as discrimination, lack of social mobility and relative poverty", lawyer Fadli Fawzi told CNN.

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Singapore hasn't had a Malay president since the country's first President Yusof Ishak, who served as head of state from 1965 to 1970. This kicks in when a racial group has not held the presidency in five continuous terms, or 30 years.

Singapore's area is only around 710 square kilometers, and its population is less than 6 million but despite its small area, it is the fourth leading financial center in the world. Tan had narrowly lost the previous presidential election in 2011 to Tony Tan, a former deputy prime minister widely recognized as the government-favored candidate, and planned to run again.

Malays, who form just over 13 percent of Singapore's 3.9 million citizens and permanent residents, also underperform on measures such as university and secondary school education.

"One of these days, an incident will happen". That meant that this year's election was reserved for someone from Singapore's minority Malay community.

"The election could have provided a wonderful opportunity for Singaporeans to better understand the reserved election mechanism and to exercise their democratic choice".

It is not the first time that a president has been chosen unopposed, and when there has been a vote, the establishment candidate has always won.