Halimah will fulfil president’s role with distinction: Lee

SINGAPORE (Bernama) – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is confident Halimah Yacob will fulfil her role as the republic’s eighth president with distinction.

“The President is the apex of our political system and symbol of our multi-racial, multi-religious nation,” he said in his latest Facebook posting.

Halimah is scheduled to be sworn in today at the Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.

“Mdm (Madam) Halimah has been a unionist, community leader, MP (member of parliament), Minister of State and Speaker. She will bring to the Presidency, her long experience working with Singaporeans from all walks of life, and championing workers and disadvantaged groups,” wrote Lee.

He said he had congratulated Halimah on becoming Singapore’s eighth president.

He also thanked Mohamed Salleh Marican and Farid Khan Kaim Khan for offering themselves as candidates.

“It could not have been an easy decision for them and their families, knowing the media attention and public scrutiny this would attract. They respected the Constitution and conducted themselves with propriety and decorum.”