Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanked Madam Halimah Yacob for her many contributions in the Cabinet as he confirmed that he intends to nominate her as Speaker when Parliament meets on Monday.
He noted that as the Speaker of Parliament cannot be an office holder, Madam Halimah, 58, will be resigning as Minister of State on January 13. Over the past two years she has been, at different times, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Minister of State for Social and Family Development)
"In Cabinet, Halimah spoke up with a practical, compassionate voice, helping us to shape effective policies with a human touch," said PM Lee in a statement.
He added: "Halimah oversaw the expansion of home- and community-based eldercare services, and introduced innovative concepts such as Senior Care Centres and Senior Home Care Services. She enhanced ComCare support for the poor and needy, and strengthened services for children and families in need of care and protection. Halimah also worked with women's groups to expand the space for women to contribute to our economy and society.
"She is passionate about these issues, and threw her heart and soul into the work, as she had done during her time in NTUC, tirelessly championing the cause of low-wage workers."
PM Lee said he looked forward to Madam Halimah "continuing her interest in social issues and pre-school education, in a suitable capacity that is compatible with her role as Speaker".
Her nomination was revealed to PAP MPs on Tuesday. PM Lee said he briefed PAP MPs at the caucus and "received their full support".