Halimah Yacob is a prominent Singaporean politician and former lawyer who has made significant contributions to Singapore's political landscape. Born in 1954, Halimah Yacob grew up in a humble family and worked hard to achieve her educational goals.
She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a law degree in 1978 and went on to pursue a successful career as a lawyer. Halimah Yacob specialized in criminal law and labor law and was recognized as one of Singapore's leading lawyers in these fields.
In 2001, Halimah Yacob entered politics and began her political career as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Jurong Group Representation Constituency (GRC). She was subsequently re-elected as an MP in the following general elections in 2006, 2011, and 2015.
In 2013, Halimah Yacob was appointed as the Speaker of Parliament, becoming the first woman to hold this position in Singapore's history. As Speaker, she oversaw parliamentary proceedings and ensured that debates were conducted in an orderly and productive manner.
In 2017, Halimah Yacob made history again by becoming Singapore's first female president. Her election was uncontested, and she was sworn in as the eighth president of Singapore on September 14, 2017.
As president, Halimah Yacob serves as the head of state and plays a vital role in representing Singapore on the international stage. She is known for her dedication to promoting social cohesion and inclusion, especially among marginalized communities.
Halimah declared on May 29th, 2023 that she will not be seeking re-election for a second term in the upcoming 2023 presidential election. This decision came after serving one full term as president.
Throughout her career, Halimah Yacob has been a strong advocate for gender equality and women's rights. She has also been actively involved in promoting education and employment opportunities for Singaporeans.
Halimah Yacob's impressive career and numerous achievements have earned her widespread respect and admiration both in Singapore and around the world.
Halimah Yacob Salary and Net Worth
Halimah Yacob as the President of Singapore, earns a salary of S$1,738,550 per year. She has a net worth estimated of $5 million.