The Straits Times
Published on Jan 08, 2013

Halimah Yacob to resign as MOS Jan 13, nominated as Speaker a day later


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.