Photo Halimah Yacob campaign team from NTUC

In an exclusive media conference held by the government’s union NTUC, Halimah Yacob claimed that she is independent of the ruling party PAP’s influence and that she always think of the people’s interests first even when she is a PAP MP. The 17-years PAP MP who resigned from her MP position just only three weeks ago told state media reporters that she is not involved with the dictatorship:

“Who are we serving? I have asked myself that question and I know my loyalty lies with Singapore and Singaporeans and nothing else. Whatever I have done has always been in putting the interests of people first, rather than looking at the party colours.”

However, her key campaign members are all PAP-linked cronies. PAP-Nominated MP, Chia Yong Yong, who earned praises from Lee Hsien Loong by suggesting that CPF money is not Singaporeans’ money, former PAP-NMP Mary Liew, Sheng Shong chief executive Lim Hock Chee and chairman of a government think-tank Simon Tay.

Halimah Yacob also admitted that she never once voted against any decision imposed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, choosing instead to abstain:

“As a Member of Parliament, there was one occasion where the (party) whip was lifted and I did not support the Government’s motion to amend a law. In fact, I abstained in the voting. I was the Government Parliamentary Committee chair for that particular ministry, and I abstained.”

The Lee Hsien Loong-endorsed candidate then brought out Ong Teng Cheong’s name, claiming she is comparable with the former President:

“Are we in doubt that he was independent? So I think we ought not to look at the person’s affiliations in the past but look at the individual and ask the question of whether the person can do the job independently or not.”

Halimah Yacob, an Indian Singaporean, also refused to acknowledge her heritage and insisted she is Malay. The PAP crony claimed that the racist election is itself a form of meritocracy:

“The process (of a reserved election) confines itself only to candidates of the Malay community, but within that process, it ensures that everyone must qualify regardless of whether you are in an open or reserved election.”