Dear A.S.S. Editor
So it's now official! Halimah Yacob will be officially contesting the next Presidential Election, as she has officially resigned as the Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP. The 62-year-old sent a resignation letter to the Clerk of Parliament, and another letter to Deputy Speaker Charles Chong, asking him to lead the House until a new Speaker is elected.
More importantly, she submitted her letter of resignation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Aug 7), informing him of her decision to step down as MP and leave the People's Action Party (PAP), where she was a member of the central executive committee and chaired the PAP Seniors' Group. Although one really leaves PAP and then become President is a debate for another day.
In her letter to PM Lee, who is secretary-general of the PAP, Madam Halimah said she decided to contest the presidential election after careful consideration and consulting friends, colleagues and family members. "They have given me their strong support and I am also very encouraged by the many Singaporeans who had asked me to put myself up as a candidate."
There is no requirement under the law to call a by-election if an MP resigns. On Sunday, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said he and the other MPs in the GRC - Mr Alex Yam and Mr Ong Teng Koon - will fill in to serve residents in her ward.