THE HALIMAH I KNOW

A snapshot with the President-elect

Ms Phua Siew Buay was delighted that Madam Halimah agreed to take a photo with her yesterday.
Ms Phua Siew Buay was delighted that Madam Halimah agreed to take a photo with her yesterday.

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

Before Madam Halimah Yacob met reporters waiting to interview her after she made her acceptance speech as President-elect, she made time for a woman who asked nervously if she could take a photograph with her.

Cleaner Phua Siew Buay, 64, who has worked at the People's Association Headquarters for three months, was delighted when the incoming president agreed.

She said she was honoured that Madam Halimah made time for her, and proudly sent the photo to her friends on WhatsApp.

Pointing to the photo of both of them, decked in bright orange and smiling, Ms Phua said: "My friends said we look like sisters."

Charissa Yong

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'A snapshot with the President-elect'. Print Edition | Subscribe