Singapore got her first female President, Halimah Yacob, former Speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority…
She became president of Singapore without election after authorities decided that her rivals did not meet eligibility criteria disqualifying them and making election unnecessary.
There has been unease because people believed that this is the first time presidency had been reserved for a particular race which is the Malay community; and this has surge the anger created by having a president without election.
President Halimah Yacob is 63 years of age. There have been lots of criticisms on the social media about her been announced as the president of Singapore. Some tagged her emergence as “President Select”, while some others used the hashtag “NotMyPresident”.
Halimah, who was a member of parliament for the ruling People’s Action Party for nearly twenty years before she resigned to contest for president. She is the first Malay President of Singapore for almost 50 years (5 decades), the last Yusof Ishak, who was president from 1965 to 1970.
She has promised to start work immediately so as to bring the country together, saying that she is a president for everyone. She believed that having given the Malay community the opportunity will bring unity in the country.
Earlier the election was scheduled to hold on September 23rd. Five persons had originally put forward heir names to contest; but two were eliminated because they are not Malay; while the other two who are Malay businessmen were disqualified because their companies were smaller than required by strict new eligibility rules introduced last year.