Netizens express disapproval over Mdm Halimah’s decision to stay in HDB

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(PHOTO: Halimah Yacob's Facebook)

By Phyllis Lee

Last evening (Sept 14), Mdm Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore’s eighth President at the Istana. But she did not stay at the official residence of the President of Singapore, choosing to return to her home in Yishun instead.

She had previously expressed her desire to continue living in her Yishun Avenue 4 jumbo unit flat. Most of Singapore’s past Presidents did not stay in the Istana, but Mdm Halimah is the first to be living in an HDB flat instead of a private property.

A video has surfaced online, showing how she is escorted by security to her white Mercedes Benz. In the video, there were four traffic police on motorcycles and two other cars accompanying her out of the car park.

However, netizens pointed out that such a motorcade will only cause inconvenience to everyone.

Some even reproached her for wasting taxpayer’s money to drive with security escorts from Yishun to the Istana, and back, every day.

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115 comments

  1. Han CL says:

    Last time as far as i had got reply from hdb for some financial issue… Their reply is that hdb budget is for *eligible people* whom are like non million dollars pay chq. Even it’s bought fully by cash, shouldn’t the budget fr hdb or government allowances be used for people who need it? Also not for ceo and listed co chairman who use it for afternoon nap purposes?

  2. However, in reality, if the Minister of Finance does not draw a small salary and live with the poor , does not make him unable to empathise and provide for the poor.

  3. When her relatives visit her next Hari Raya they will need to pass through metal detectors and have their bags checked. Even Green Packets will be examined in case they contain anthrax or other nasty substances.

  4. Anita Sun says:

    I hope our excellency president Halimah will be moved to the Istana soon not because of negative critics or evil judgement by some people here. In my opinion as a president of the country, she and her family has to be located in the istana for efficiency so she can do her job better. I’m sure at anytime when requirers she still can be close to her fellow citizen out there.

  5. Cj Leo says:

    Clearly, our leaders have made the wrong decision again. Somehow our leaders r suffering from this malady of inability to make the right decision. If this is not check, the consequences can b disastrous. Singaporeans already have a taste of this in failed train services. They will feel the chill from the losing of our special ties with China. These r the stark reality of being lead by mediocre with a tendency to make the wrong call,

  6. Lim LG says:

    WAS SHE TRYING TO IMITATE US PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO MOVED TO THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME DUE TO SOME PERSONAL MATTER, AFTER HE TOOK OFFICE AS PRESIDENT?

    SOME FB USERS SAY “TRULY WAYANG”! WHILE SOME COMMENTED THAT YISHUN NEIGHBOURHOOD IS NOW NOT ONLY THE” MOST SECURE” BUT ALSO “EXPENSIVE FLATS”.

    BUT NOT TOO GOOD NEWS FOR “ILLEGAL LOANSHARKS”.

    HOWEVER, ON THE CONTRARY, SOME FB USERS CONGRATULATE THOSE ILLEGAL LOANSHARK “CUSTOMERS” THAT THEY MAY NOT NEED TO REPAY THEIR LOANS, ALSO NO PROBLEM OF HARASSMENTS TOO. IT’S LIKE STRIKING A 4-D.
    I’M TRULY LAUGHING AT ALL REMARKS!!

    BUT NO MATTER WHAT THERE IS THIS “DISTINCTIVE DIFFERENCE” BETWEEN US PRESIDENT AND SG PRESIDENT.

    THE FORMER SIGNS “EXECUTIVE ORDERS” WHILE THE LATTER SIGNS “EXECUTION ORDERS”.

    AS I HV ALREADY HIGHLIGHTED, US PRESIDENT, LIKE A PRIME MINISTER ENTRUSTED WITH FULL POWER, WHO SIGNS
    “EXECUTIVE ORDERS” TO EFFECT POLICIES TO BENEFIT THE ECONOMY, THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY.

    HOWEVER, THE SG PRESIDENT IS JUST A “PUPPET” TO THE
    ROTTON PAP GOVT, WHOSE MAIN POWER IS BASICALLY TO SIGN
    “EXECUTION ORDERS” TO SEND INMATES ON DEATH ROW TO BE HANGED IN THE GALLOWS. WOULD SUCH SIGNING POWER TRULY HELPS TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY IN ANY WAY?
    SAD TO SAY, NOT AT ALL.

    ANOTHER DISTINCTIVE AND NOTABLE DIFFERENCE IS THAT
    US PRESIDENT (TRUMP) RUNS THE NO. 1 WORLD ECONOMY WITH
    A “NOMINAL VALUE OF USD1” (HIGHLY RESPECTABLE).

    WHEREAS THE SG PRESIDENT OF A SMALL ECONOMY, WHICH I DON’T KNOW WHICH POSITION IN THE WORLD ECONOMY IS IT?,
    BUT
    APPARENTLY EARNS “MORE THAN $2 MILLION” ANNUALLY
    (INCL 4 BODYGUARDS’ SALARIES, CAR CHAUFFEUR SALARIES, TRAFFIC POLICEMEN’S SALARIES, ETC, ETC),
    WHICH IS MANY, MANY, MANY TIMES MORE THAN THE NO. 1 WORLD ECONOMY PRESIDENT’S SALARIES AND EXPENSES.
    FANTASTIC!!

    OTHER AUXILIARY ROLES THAT SG PRESIDENT HAS IS TO SHAKE
    HANDS WITH PPL AND WAVING HANDS AT CITIZENS, ETC.
    (WOW, EXPENSIVE HANDSHAKES!! BUT MILKSHAKES ARE MORE
    NUTRITIOUS INSTEAD! )

    I AM WONDERING WHY ON EARTH ONE NEEDS TO “PAY HIGHLY” TO AND ALSO TO “GUARD” A “KILLER’S LIFE” SO MUCH AND SO WELL? IT’S SO IRONIC TO ME!! I TRULY SCRATCH MY HEAD!

    BUT FOR ANY LAYMAN BEING A “KILLER” OR “MURDERER”, HIS/HER LIFE WILL NOT BE “GUARDED” OR “PROTECTED”. HE/SHE WOULD BE “KILLED” LIKE AN INSECT BY ANOTHER HUMAN BEING “KILLER OF AUTHORITY”. CAN YOU ALL SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

    IN MY OPINION, THIS SG PRESIDENT POSITION IS LITERALLY A “REDUNDANT” POSITION, WHICH “FITS NOWHERE” IN ANY OTHER
    PARLIAMENTARY STRUCTURE OF OTHER COUNTRIES’ STRUCTURE.

    BUT, THE ROTTON PAP GOVT REGARDS THIS POSITION SO “DEARLY”!
    BY NOW, YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW THE REASON BEHIND IT!! NEED NO ELABORATION.

    THE SG PRESIDENT’S SLOGAN SAYS “DO GOOD, DO TOGETHER!”????

    OR RATHER IS IT “DO BAD, DO TOGETHER!” INSTEAD (IF ONE IS TRULY BEING PAID HIGHLY TO BE A “LAW-ABIDING” TOP LEADER TO UPHOLD THE SUPREME LAW OF MANDATORY DEATH SENTENCES!!)?

    WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  7. Her “staying” at HDB is part of the grand PAP strategy to project the false image of her being a “heattlander” and “humble”. But nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is she probably owns bungalows. And god knows whether she actually live in the Hdb or just spend a day or 2 there a month to pretend.

  8. Now those who wanna sell their houses there need to have potential buyers screened, do background checks, answer a whole checklist of questions. These barricades, tight securities, police escorting etc… Complete wasting of resources and public funds. She shd know her current status. Stop all wayang and stay Istana for next 6 yrs. Be more considerate. You already collecting millions paycheck and what’s more you want!?

  9. Uh oh, there goes the ‘hood – traffic upheavals, loss of parking spaces, etc. Everyone has to be on best behaviour. Maybe she could release some of the motorcycle cops to catch the errant motorists?

  10. Not all too sure about the HDB rules…is a HDB owner allowed to live in a private or government dwelling? And leave the flat unoccupied by its owners? Just asking…

    1. Yes can. She can also rent it out as long as she has fulfilled the min occupation period. But she needs to check for “ethnic quota/tenant eligibility etc” if she wants to rent it out…..

  11. Jj Lum says:

    Just make no common sense , because of her desire to show her humble home . She has inconvenience all the residents there and tax payer got to pay extra on top of the Protected Istana. This show no sense of financial management skill and how can she protect our reserve. No eye to see

    1. Ang Bob
      She must realize it does not work this way!
      We, ‘the People’ are Smart enough.

      Some ugly cross words and defensive pride in some FB posts.
      Well, this is just the beginning.

  12. Mark my words, within the month she will announce, she is moving to the Istana with a “heavy heart”. Because the public insist and she had to listen to public sentiment and concerns as she is here, “to serve”…!

    1. Anita Sun says:

      Sebastian Ng & others negative thinking people. I hope our excellency president Halimah will be moved to the Istana soon not because of negative critics or evil judgement by some people here. In my opinion as a president of the country, she and her family has to be located in the istana for efficiency so she can do her job better. I’m sure at anytime when requirers she still can be closed to her fellow citizen out there.

  13. WH Wong says:

    Wayang kulit queen has not finish her show lah, be patient and give her a bit more time leh. If not happy then don’t watch lor and switch channel to some other cartoon shows…..

    1. WH Wong says:

      Anita, you have missed the important point totally! Firstly, even ESM had acknowledged such negative reaction to this so called election but is there one to start with? What is happening to these values our national pledge we recite daily in school? Why should I get out of Singapore when I am born here, did my NSF, raised my family/career here just like you and any another Singaporean although I could afford to get out anytime? It is all for the well beings and better future of this land I called home! Please lah, you mean I don’t even have the small right to switch channel if not happy watching a show? Let me make it clear that this has much more to do with the process rather than the candidate. Besides there are also other candidates whom I consider reasonably qualified but rejected by an appointed committee which could overlook the race officially printed on IC and caused a walkover for a so declared “reserved for Malay presidential election”. For you info, I have a live, a pretty good one too as well as I am alive! You need to have much more social exposure and life experience to have better judgement on bigger issues, that’s all I would like to say!!

    2. Anita Sun says:

      WH Wong! Why so negative thinking!?If u dont like it! U can get out from Singapore by all means. Dont blame on her! Blame on why in the first place garment want to have a malay president this time round! No matter what! singapore will still have a malay president right!? And I dont see any other malay candidates that step forward has the criteria to hold that position. Singapore needs an experience politician to work hand in hand with the PM, not a business man who has no experience in politics like D.T. (US). Get alive! President Halimah has it all.

  14. Ah Soh says:

    Living in HDB is good but securiity for her will be a concern. I am no security expert. But common sense will tell us that being surrounded by highrise is not easy to have medium security not to mention maximum security. Manoeuvring out of the HDB carpark will be another hurdle for her SOs should a quick evacuation is required. Her intention is noble but from security point of view I feel need reconsideration.

  15. Gary Ng says:

    I think that exactly what she want the residents to feel that way, so she can move to Istana stating the “fact” that to prevent any inconvenience to the residents, at the same time she can let people think that she is humble lady.. it is always like that in the drama series haha

    1. Anita Sun says:

      Gary Ng. U can be charged of defamation. Who are u to judge our excellency!? Only those who has known her or has direct contact knows her better! It was proven that she is an honest, down to earth person otherwise with her so many years of experience being an MP & speaker of parliment… for sure she can afford to live in landed property right!? Ask urself.. why until now she isnt!?

  16. Most people’s who cpcb now jealous of Yishun estate having a president living there. Most residents in Yishun don’t find any inconvenience, life goes on as normal.

  17. The dear lady waited 60+ years and even disowned her father’s ancestry for the million plus paycheck and for an entourage of civil servants to fawn on her. Netizens should just relax one corner & leave it to the residents of her block/ neighbourhood to kpkb to their MP or to Halimah herself.

  18. This is a real joke!
    What happened to the class expected of the Head of State ?
    As a President, she has become a public figure and will be scrutinized not only by Singaporeans but by the entire world !

    All Ahso, Ahma and Ah kong conducts must stop!

    SG shld not fall backwards into a third world again.
    We have worked hard to come thus far to become a FIRST WORLD country.
    Pls continue to uphold our country’s dignity & image.

    1. Anita Sun
      I agree with Nark Lim Teng Lye.

      Mdm Halimah is holding the highest position of the State.

      Time waits for no one !

      Come on, She has seen the past 7 great Presidents who uphold SG’s image well as well as their Presidential image.

      How can you “Hope soon her family will adapt life in the Istana”.
      She is the President and her family hv to follow her.
      Neither our Govt &/or we, the people need to please her family.

      It appears you believe President Halimah needs convincing & given time to orientate before moving to the Istana???

      You are so naive !

    2. Anita Sun says:

      Mark Lim Teng Lye.. please dont misinterprete on ones action. Our excellency did that not to show off her humbleness. She already has those characteristic. Just that her family may not used to those sudden changes in their life yet. Hope soon her family will adapt life in the Istana n uphold the positive image of Singapore.

    3. Her purpose of staying in the HDB is to show that she is humble, don’t need to stay in terrace house or even the Istana. For me, humility is not where you stay even if you can afford a castle or palace. It is within you, your heart and love for the common folks, donating most of your wealth to meet the needy and work towards reducing poverty in Singapore. Hopefully, she can state her plan and action on how to “do good”

  19. Michael Ng says:

    Living in HDB saves money compared with landed properties. Hence, she should consider to donate at least half of her salary of S$1.5 millon to the needy. The first step of Do Good, Do Together.

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    1. if the residents are not bothered much ..why must the non residents make so much noise.. let her be lah her choice wherever she wants to live. most the the president in the past also nvr live in istana.. only diff is they hv landed property.. n her owned hse is a jumbo hdb.

  21. A Complete Waste of Taxpayers’ $. Why need tight security if one does no wrong & it’s close to everyone. Think!

    From Take-Egg to Steal-Egg and now Race changing Egg!

  22. Breaking News‼

    With effect from 1st October 2017, Singapore will be adopting certain practices in line with being a multi-racial country.

    All greetings thru home visits, office, phone calls or SMS must first greet with ‘ASSAMLAM MULAIKOM’ and replied greeting will be ‘MULAIKOM SALAM’.

    For those unable to follow exact speech especially Hokkien dialect can also greet in Hokkien Malayism.

    “WA SALAH LU MAI KONG” and greeting reply will be
    “WA KONG LU BO SALAH”
    is acceptable.

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