Photo of Halimah Yacob from Straits Times

Speaker of Parliament and President-select Halimah Yacob praised the ruling party government PAP claiming that they have “never lost sight of Singaporeans”. Despite several new taxes, a 30% hike in water prices and the incoming hike in public transport fares, the PAP MP who is the selected Malay candidate for the upcoming Presidential election spoke without basis:

“Amid the intense discussions about the big picture, and the nuts and bolts of Government programmes and policies, Members of Parliament (MPs) have — over the past fortnight — never lost sight of Singaporeans and the country. This shone through very clearly, this is as it should be.”

Halimah Yacob then went on to sang her praises for the government:

“The Budget statement was delivered against the backdrop of a world in the grips of growing uncertainty in the global economy brought about by disruptive technologies and innovation, and the accompanying rise of populism and protectionist sentiments in a number of countries. Despite having different political beliefs, MPs from the ruling People’s Action Party and the opposition Workers’ Party came together for matters touching on the country’s interests. A convergence of views… when it comes to protecting our sovereignty. This could also be seen at overseas parliamentary meetings when Members are representing Singapore.”

Halimah Yacob then continued singing praises for the Prime Minister and the PAP MPs:

“MPs having sharp, incisive minds have become a hallmark of our Parliament. If only Members could learn to do away with long preambles and go straight to the point raised in their questions and clarifications, they would not need to deliver their speeches at breakneck speeds.”