THE HALIMAH I KNOW

Bright and flowery wishes from grassroots leader

Mr Vincent Teo, who had met Madam Halimah at dialogue sessions, is optimistic she will do more for the aged.
Mr Vincent Teo, who had met Madam Halimah at dialogue sessions, is optimistic she will do more for the aged.

Unionists, former constituents and others were at the People’s Association yesterday to lend Madam Halimah Yacob their support. Here are their stories.

"Congratulations! You are the best!" read the card on the big bouquet of orange gerberas Mr Vincent Teo, 71, hugged to his chest as he waited to present them to Madam Halimah Yacob.

Mr Teo, who works in the social service sector, said he chose the sunny-hued flowers because they represent his hopes for the President-elect.

"The bright colour is like her, I hope she will bring brightness and cheer to Singapore and Singaporeans, and the country will continue to grow and prosper with her as president," he said.

The grassroots leader in Buona Vista said he had met Madam Halimah at several dialogue sessions, and is optimistic that she will be able to do more for the aged through her new role.

"Many people here are concerned about the economy and jobs, and more and more elderly are concerned about their future. I think she will make a difference because she is very caring. Through conversations with the Prime Minister and Government, she could give suggestions," he said.

Joanna Seow

 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'Bright and flowery wishes from grassroots leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe