Former presidential hopefuls urge Halimah to unite Singaporeans
PM thanks both men for conducting themselves with ‘propriety and decorum’
SINGAPORE — Former Presidential hopefuls Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican and Mr Farid Khan Kaim Khan have urged President-elect Halimah Yacob to unite Singaporeans and help soothe some of the unhappiness that has emerged in the run-up to this year’s reserved election.
In a statement to TODAY, Mr Marican, the 67-year-old chief executive of Second Chance Properties, said: “This has been a divisive run-up to the nomination for the President. I hope Mdm Halimah will heal the wounds.”
Given her experience and background, Mr Marican believed she “will be the unifying President”.
Chairman of marine services provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific, Mr Farid, 62, said he hoped Mdm Halimah would “have the people of Singapore in her thoughts when making any decisions that will affect our lives and the lives of our children”.
Although he felt he had the ability to bring Singaporeans together, he wished Mdm Halimah the best and said: “I believe that the President must be a unifying force for all races and people of all backgrounds.”
Yesterday, Mdm Halimah was declared the country’s eighth President, becoming the first woman and