Lee Hsien Loong-controlled Election Department today (Sep 12) announced that Halimah Yacob has been “elected” President through a walkover. The other two candidates, Farid Khan and Salleh Marican, were informed by the Election Department that they have been disqualified from contesting the election.
Halimah Yacob will also be the first Muslim woman head of state in Singapore, and also the first Indian Singaporean to become a Malay. The former PAP MP resigned just a month ago to contest the reserved Malay Presidential election under the orders of dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Lee Hsien Loong now have free access to Singapore national reserves and CPF funds. The dictator sits as the Chairman of GIC, his wife Ho Ching as CEO of Temasek Holdings, and his Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) controls the Monetary Authority of Singapore and his Prime Minister’s post controls the Ministry of Finance.
The walkover win of Halimah Yacob comes not a surprise as the ruling party ministers expressed uncertainty over her candidacy. Halimah Yacob is known to be a poor speaker and her interviews have been largely criticised as incoherent and ungrammatical. Many Singaporeans, especially the academics, have expressed dissent to her presidency due to her being an Indian and not a Malay.