President in the hood – Yishun will never be the same again

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Dubbed as the People’s President, one that rose through the ranks representative of the success story of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yacob, stunned Singaporeans by saying that she will continue residing in her heartland home in Yishun.

According to President Halimah, her neighbours are fantastic and despite the inconvenience to the security detail, she’ll continue to live the ordinary life. She is no reserved president – she is a president for all races, espousing multiculturalism.

Undaunted by the criticisms and the backlash over her ascendancy, President Halimah, was sworned is as the 8th president of Singapore at 6pm last night.

Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese Daily interviewed the mandarin-speaking Yishun dwellers, including her favourite hairdresser and green grocers.

Mdm Halimah’s favourite hair salon (PHOTO: Lianhe Zaobao)

Apparently, Mdm Halima has been patronizing the same hairdresser even after becoming the Speaker of Parliament – as the saying goes, old habits are hard to break.

“She would line up for a haircut service like everybody else does, without making a special request to jump the line. This is because our policy states no reservation is allowed,” said hairdresser Lai Yue Ming, 61, who works in a hair salon that Mdm Halimah frequents.

“She visited us for hair trimming and hair washing services, back when she had short hair.  Years later, she started colouring her hair when it started greying.

“However, she hasn’t been visiting us as frequently after she got busier with increasing commitments, I suppose,” Lai told the reporters.

Huang Lai Fa, 62, owner of an egg vendor in the wet market in Halimah’s neighbourhood told the reporters, “in the past, we used to witness Mdm Halimah do grocery shopping with her mother.”

Mdm Halimah also strikes people as an energetic and health-conscious person.

“I often see her walk up the stairs to her flat. Mdm Halimah told me that walking up the stairs is healthy’,” said Sarah, 19, “she always greets neighbours around. I feel she’s approachable and down-to-earth.”

Mdm Halimah was sworn in as Singapore’s eighth President at the Istana on Thursday evening. She has expressed that she would like to stay in her jumbo Yishun flat, which her husband, Mr Mohamed Adullah Alhabshee, said was “as huge as a penthouse”.

Mdm Halimah told reporters on Wednesday: “I think it’s a very nice comfortable place. I’ve been living there for many years.”

Wang Shui Jin, is happy that she can continue to stay as their neighbour (PHOTO: Lianhe Zaobao)

The neighbours are still astonished at her determination of staying in an HDB flat.

Mdm Pan, 72, expressed that Yishun would be a secure place from now on.

Fish vendor Hong Yao Long had also expressed surprise at the fact that the president would be his neighbour, and had wished the best outcome for Singapore and Singaporeans under her leadership.

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33 comments

  1. She has to, she is ordered to, she is not a willing President. If she is genuinely keen to, she would have call for an open election. No support from me for a puppet president. #NotMyPresident.

    She is already cast in stone in Feb 2017 to be the mdm president! So who are we kidding that she is independent?

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    Dennis Lim ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    She is a good person. But not my president in my heart. She is the president of present day PAP

    Because of her circumstances during the childhood days, she had benefitted by the Pioneer leader good job on ruling the country. She became a loyalist of the PAP and the country.

    But as all person do made mistake. The day before paliment debate on Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling allegations of their Brother misuse of state organ, she the speaker of the paliment said this:

    Have a vigorous debate and clear the name for Prime minister.

    Before debate start she already said LHL is not guilty!

    There are serious allegation by 2 very professional sibling of the prime minister. And the prime minister dare not to sue them. Is there more serious evidence in Hsien Pocket? Or Wei Ling Purse?

    All sibling will help each other. If the prime minister sibling have so much hatred for the PM until they came in the open to fight PM then he should step down.

    You can run a family how can you run and $500million company or a country?

    Her action blindly believes LHL is not guilty. If she agree with the system of today PAP reserve election for Malay. Then she is part of the team.

    PAP come out with rule where no private Malay candidate can qualify. As good as saying I give you $100 million dollar is you can run 100 meter in 5sec

    I would respect her whole heartily if she stand and fight win against Tan Cheng Bok.

    Not my president.

  3. President shouldnt stay in HDB estate. Simple reason – it will cause inconvenience n discomfort to residents. Too many security details n attention. If this dont get into her , how can she be a ” People’s President ” ? She want to act ordinary with extra ordinary salary. Hello PAP – there are limits to your wayang. Plse end it before Moon Cake festival.

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    Yeok Fong Yong ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I appreciate Mdm President’s modesty. However from the economic and practicality, it is better to stay at Istana. Imagine every morning a horde of policemen, escorts need to drive the president to Istana. This cause traffic congestion and inconvenience to the residents and not to forget the cost of providing such services everyday! If President wants to saving money for the government by staying at Yishun, then it may be “penny wise, pound foolish”.

  5. They do not care Singaporeans speech, They know we have no opinion n next GE still win above 76% after some kindest world to con Singaporeans. They only listening to the FT , FT say the MRT system can only be better by 2019 , them believe it

  6. Edwin Kwan says:

    As GCK says, the process is controversial. But HY is a good person. So all of those of us who are political talkers and writers should deal with the process later. But support her as a person. For a politician or an activist without a heart, is nothing but a balloon.

    1. Mitch Koh Chin Tiong Well you got a point there but sad as the case may be , there is not much anyone can do about it , right?
      The fact is Mdm. Halimah is there now and the pple regardless the level of the disapproval of the system do not have much of a choice but to take it with a pinch of salt! However , the angriness of the pple should not be misdirected at Mdm. Halimah , though she is not all free of fault in accepting the post which she knows well it is all part of the game plan of the ruling gov.
      Singaporean regardless of race, religion, language, political affiliation and ideology should ask themselves this one question , what is it that allowed the ruling government to act the way they acted and that is the arrogance they exhibited in ignoring the pple wishes time and again all these years ? The ruling government should be punished for that and they have by themselves in their moment of triumphant arrogance declare that they are willing to suffer a political cost. Thus all Singaporean , remember the shameful day of 9/11 and have the courage to do right by your vote come 2019 , will you ??? Majullah Singapura! ❤️my country ❤️my fellow man ❤️Singapore ! !!

    2. Yes ! Singaporean have no issue with Mdm. Halimah , all respect to her especially her calmness all this while ! But , the problem is with the ill device that the white termite gang and that clown prince has come up in regards with the PE!!!
      As usual , in short , telling the pple ….”you can’t do nothing about it!” !!!

  7. 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’. & 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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