LHL has congratulated Halimah Yacob for becoming Singapore's President (surprise!)
He thanked Farid Khan and Salleh Marican for accepting the Committee's decisions as "this is the way to make our democratic processes work properly and in the interest of Singaporeans". Really meh?
See his post below:
"Called Mdm Halimah Yacob to congratulate her on becoming Singapore’s 8th President. Mdm Halimah has been a unionist, community leader, MP, Minister of State, and Speaker. She will bring to the Presidency her long experience working with Singaporeans from all walks of life, and championing workers and disadvantaged groups.
The President is the apex of our political system and the symbol of our multi-racial, multi-religious nation. I am confident that Mdm Halimah will fulfil her role with distinction.
I also thank Mr Salleh Marican and Mr Farid Khan for offering themselves as candidates. It can’t have been an easy decision for them and their families, knowing the media attention and public scrutiny this would attract. They respected the Constitution and conducted themselves with propriety and decorum. They did not confuse people with wild promises that exceeded the remit of the President, which had happened before. I thank them also for accepting the Presidential Elections Committee’s decisions. This is the way to make our democratic processes work properly and in the interest of Singaporeans.
Mdm Halimah will be sworn in tomorrow. I hope all of us will support her as our next President. I look forward to working with her to serve Singaporeans and the nation."