Did Halimah Yacob delete info about Indian descent from Wikipedia page?

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Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob’s Wikipedia page appears to have been edited recently. Her page now does not show that she is a “Singaporean politician of Indian descent” as it previously did.

Her page may have been spruced up in anticipation of the upcoming Presidential election which Mdm Halimah is considering contesting.

The presidential election this year has been reserved for Malay candidates.

There has been wide speculation about whether Mdm Halimah qualifies since she is an Indian Muslim, whose father is of Indian origin.

This was disclosed in an ST article in 2013 when Halimah was selected to be the new Speaker of Parliament after her predecessor, Michael Palmer, resigned from politics due to his marital affair with a PA woman.

In the article, it mentioned: “Her (Halimah’s) Indian-Muslim father was a watchman who died when she was eight years old.”

In fact, news of Halimah becoming Singapore’s first woman speaker also made its way to India. The Hindu described her as an “Indian-origin politician.”

It has been revealed that despite her ancestry, Mdm Halimah has been certified as a Malay by the Malay Community Committee at least three times in 2001, 2006 and 2015 when she was fielded as a Malay minority candidate during the general elections.

It is a requirement for minority candidates contesting general elections to to be certified as a member of his or her respective ethnic community.

If she chooses to contest the presidential election set for September, Mdm Halimah will be required to certified as a Malay candidate once again, by a five-member panel that will assess whether prospective presidential candidates belong to the Malay race.

Perhaps Mdm Halimah’s Wikipedia page was edited to avoid claims and speculation that she is unfit to run in the presidential race, even though she is a certified Malay. The deletion of her ancestry, however, may have backfired as netizens circulating the photo have taken the edits as evidence that Mdm Halimah is trying to bury her origins.

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    • Exactly, Orlando. I was given the name Daniel. Then, known as Daniel Ong because I am Chinese. I will NOT deny it. However, although of Chinese ancestry, my attitude is irrevocable and irreversible, namely, there is only ONE race, the Human Race! Therefore, NO matter what your race is this is of no relevance. As long as you are willing to communicate we can always get along and work together. Problem is I’ve met many atas and stuck up types. Strange. These people think too much of their cleverness. In truth they know little. KNOWLEDGE is too much, complex and unpredictable. NO one is that smart. And, even the genius say and do stupid things sometimes. And, with NO EXCEPTION, whoever we are, we will die one day. Dying is a fact of living!

  1. This ‘double confirmed’ my point: Money works wonders! And, the DISHONOURABLE son, PM LHL, has a direct hand in this NONSENSE. He is a man of low moral scruple. Effeminate and pleasant in demeanor but in truth full of malice. Just ask Mr Roy Ngerng and Amos Yee. NO worry. He will be brought to Justice!

  2. First and Foremost . . . . .to push a Malay as an Elected President has not get the permission from the Malay Community at large ! At best , its being discussed amongst themselves Behind Closed Doors like they usually did !
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    Remember , we Malays did not , never , asked fot it !
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    What we want is the Tudung issue to be resolve positively .
    All RSN boats are to sail with the spirit of The Pledge – – -Regardless of Race , Language and Religion .
    Malays are given equal opportunity in Higher Office .
    Fair work opportunity .
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    Its no use critisizing our Greater Neighbours of Race Base politics , when we ourselves are practising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  3. Looks llike garmen has become a CHAMELEON. Can change Spore history and facts to suit the current situation. Can change personal origin of birth to suit the circumstances. I thought pap say they are a leaders of the highest intergrity and honesty and clean and green? A political party of the highest standard?

  4. PAP and this woman cheated and fool the voters and public by claiming she was Malay candidates in this past elections. She is a disgrace to Indian Muslims and Malays for trying to hide the truth .just because her father died when she was 8 years old. Doesn’t change the facts .

  5. She should use this: Pinocchio (/pɪˈnoʊkioʊ/;[1] Italian: [piˈnɔkkjo]), the name a variant of common pinolo (“pine seed”), is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi.[2][3] Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Florence, he was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He lies often.[4]

  6. In my primary school books, the Indian name Goal, Salimah and Halimah are trademark of Indian descendants!
    Halimah might as well change her name to Yasir
    Every time her boss say something, she will reply ” Yes Sir ! ”
    My nephew quarrel with his daddy and change his surname to Chua Ah well as his Chinese name

  7. Wonder how the Indian community felt about her rejection of its’ ancestry ??
    In reality , actually there should exist no issue at all from the beginning . After all it is in the eye of the PE committee that as long as it is from the community , it is qualified . Thus , it is a non issue about its’ ancestry right ?

  8. denying ancestry is part and puzzle of the pap for their on Kaki who might be running for the presidential so call election.. deleting and editing is a game played when Kakis are involve. sure lah must do to win but totally forgetting where u orignated is a crying shame. shame on you.

  9. Think G need to go through basic education : Race = u r either born as Chinese, Malay, Indian or Eurasian following ur Father origin.. Religion = u belief/convert to Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christianity or free thinker etc.. So, this EP is reserved for Malay or Muslim candidate?

  10. We were more worried that if you become the SINGAPORE PRESIDENT how would you handle your English grammar if you were bombarded during the interview ” live ” on CNA News ? Pls don’t collect fat salary n made Singaporeans hahaha ! A Laughing Stork. ! Mak Kambing.

  11. Any accusation should be backed up by EVIDENCE. If there is no evidence it is just fake news or gossip. Where is your evidence Halimah Yacob edited her Wikipedia page independent.sg?
    This is the Wikipedia link for the edit history on Wikipedia and the users who made changes are listed. Can you prove any of them are linked to Halimah Yacob independent.sg? If you can’t prove it this isn’t a news article, this is gossip.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:History/Halimah_Yacob