As the day for the Presidential election of Singapore has been announced on September 23, presidential candidates have started their campaigning. Presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob has given the campaign slogan- ‘Do Good, Do Together’ hoping to do more for Singapore in a bigger role.
Detailing about the campaign slogan at a press conference organised at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Centre today, Halimah Yacob said, “It allows us together as one people to come together and do what is good for the community and the country.”
She added, “We 'do good, do together' regardless of race, language or religion, and we come together to make Singapore a home we can all be proud of.”
Halimah Yacob was the former Speaker of Singapore Parliament and she stepped down earlier this month to participate in the Presidential election.
During the press conference, she also introduced key members of her campaign team which include Sheng Siong’s chief executive Lim Hock Chee, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Chia Yong Yong, former NMP Mary Liew and Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman Simon Tay.
Talking about goal of becoming the President, she said, “A president should unify the nation and channel our shared values into doing good for the country. And wholeheartedly serve Singapore and Singaporeans.”
She added, “The President serves as one who unites the people, promotes social cohesion and has a huge capacity to do a tremendous amount of good.”
Besides Halimah, there are other two potential candidates including businessman Mohamed Salleh Marican and Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan who are likely to run for the Presidential elections.
Meanwhile, presidential election is slated to be held on September 23. Elections Department made the announcement yesterday after the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issued a writ of election.
Nomination Day will be on September 13 and the venue will be the People’s Association headquarters.
This year election has been reserved for the candidates from the Malay community following changes made to the Elected Presidency.
In a Facebook post, PM Lee hoped, “Singaporeans will support the candidate who will best represent their interests and aspirations, and our nation, but internationally too.”
He also said, “We are a multiracial country, and every citizen should know that someone of his community can become President, and does become President from time to time, and thus represent all Singaporeans.”