Halimah Yacob Steps Down as Speaker and MP

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accepted Madam Halimah Yacob’s resignation from her political posts to pave the way for her nomination for the elected presidency.

In a letter dated 7 August, PM Lee thanked Madam Halimah for her contributions as labour leader, MP, Minister of State and Speaker of Parliament. 

He said in all the roles, Madam Halimah’s focus had been on the rank and file and the underprivileged. “Whether it was the rights of ordinary workers to fair employment and decent wages, opportunities for single mothers and children of poor families, or healthcare for the disabled and elderly, you were a consistent and fearless voice in the unions, the Parliament and the Government, pushing us all to build a more equitable society,” he said.

PM Lee told Madam Halimah that he would appoint replacements to the various responsibilities that she has relinquished, and will send a new grassroots advisor to Marsiling ward, where Madam Halimah was MP.

Madam Halimah tendered her resignation as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC on Monday (7 Aug). Her resignation from her posts takes effect immediately.  

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles Chong will be Acting Speaker until PM Lee nominates a new Speaker of Parliament when Parliament next meets.

Source: “Halimah Yacob will bring dignity and warmth to presidency if elected: PM Lee Hsien Loong” (The Straits Times, 7 August 2017)

PreviousHappy National Day! Next Bill Tabled To Raise Minimum Smoking Age from 18 to 21