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Halimah • Singapore’s first Indian woman speaker

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Halimah Binte Yacob
  • Halimah Binte Yacob (born 23 August 1954) is a politician from Singapore.
  • Halimah Yacob (58) is set to become the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament.
  • Halimah was educated at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, before going on to the University of Singapore where she completed an LLB (Hons) degree in 1978.
  • She was called to the Singapore Bar in 1981.
  • In 2001, she completed an LLM degree at the National University of Singapore.
  • She will formally be elected as 8th Speaker of Parliament on 14 January 2013.
  • She will replace Michael Palmer, who was forced to quit over his extra-marital affair.
  • Halimah will be the first woman to hold this post and the first to hold one of the highest post in the Republic’s history.
  • She has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Jurong Group Representation Constituency since 2001.
  • She has also served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports from 2011 to 2013.
  • On 8 January 2013, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong nominated Halimah Yacob.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday said he would nominate Ms. Halimah as the next Speaker when the House sits on January 14, 2014.
  • Halimah has extensive experience in the labour movement, social work and pre-school education.
  • She would be resigning as Minister of State (MOS) at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports on January 13 as office holders cannot be elected Speaker.
  • Ms. Halimah would be confirmed as Speaker as People’s Action Party (PAP) has an absolute majority in the 99-member house. Mr. Lee said he has briefed PAP MPs and received their full support on his intention to nominate Ms. Halimah.


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