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Halimah Yacob buoyed by former constituents' support in Singapore's presidential election

KUALA LUMPUR: It is a bittersweet time for residents of Marsiling, Singapore, whose Member of Parliament (MP), Halimah Yacob, has announced her bid to run for Singapore’s presidency.
In a four-minute video report by the Straits Times, Marsiling folk from a variety of backgrounds voice their sadness over Halimah stepping down from her post as their representative, while praising her character.
“We were actually quite excited when she announced that she would be running, but we are also quite sad that she will be leaving us.
“She has actually helped a lot of us along the way,” a young woman dressed in a red saree says to the camera.
Another woman, also dressed in red, praised Halimah, stating that “she’s a very hardworking lady” and that she had put great effort in helping the residents.
An elderly man keeps it short, calling the MP a kind, hardworking and friendly person.
“Glad that she is applying for the presidency,” a young man says, adding that he is excited to see how things will turn out.
“Over the years, she has been contributing to Marsiling, and I can see the difference in the surroundings. I’m glad she is applying for the presidency of Singapore,” he says.
Another woman says she shed tears during Halimah’s speech earlier, saying: “I’m happy for her, but at the same time, I’m sad because she’s good”.
Halimah will step down from her post to contest the upcoming presidential election in September, becoming the first woman to run for the post.
At the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC National Day Dinner at Marsiling Mega Sports Park on Sunday, Halimah said she was honoured that many people had expressed support for her candidacy.
Her announcement ended months of speculation about her possible candidacy in next month’s election, which will be the first reserved for Malay candidates following changes to the Constitution last year to ensure the elected presidency reflects Singapore’s multiracial society.

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