1 diplomat". The president can also examine the administration's enforcement of the Internal Security Act[5] and Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act,[6] and authorise corruption investigations (see below). President Halimah noted that Singapore has recently completed testing all migrant workers in dormitories, and are progressively returning them to work safely. Under the revision, the president is empowered to veto the use of the country's past reserves and key civil service appointments. [71] A deposit must also be paid. [15] The executive authority of the nation is vested in the president and exercisable by them or by the Cabinet or any minister authorised by the Cabinet. Halimah was sworn in on 14 September 2017 as the 8th President at The Istana. He was sworn in as the seventh president of Singapore on 1 September 2011. Learn more about Singapore in … President Halimah Yacob will make a State Visit to the Republic of Indonesia from 3 to 6 February 2020, at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. [13] She is also the first female President of Singapore. 21(2)(e), 21(2)(f), 22B and 22D. The words of enactment in Singapore statutes are: "Be it enacted by the president with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:". [23] The president usually opens each Parliamentary session with an address drafted by the Cabinet setting out the Government's agenda for the session,[24] and may address Parliament and send messages to it. [53] The changes went into effect in April 2017. [40] In 2009, the Government requested approval from President S.R. The returning officer then states the number of votes cast for each candidate and the date and location where the overseas votes will be counted.[90]. [28], The Constitution confers on the president certain executive functions to block attempts by the government of the day to draw down past reserves that it did not accumulate. President Halimah also touched upon a key pillar of Singapore's society: meritocracy. Contact us Singapore's external environment has become less benign and predictable, and countries are fighting to meet their own needs. Halimah Yacob is the incumbent Singaporean president since 2017 after being elected unopposed at the presidential election in the same year. | S.R. Before 1993, the president was chosen by the Parliament of Singapore. Members of public can visit the IOH by tuning in to the livestream at 10.00am on 2 August. [20] The president's primary role in the exercise of legislative power to make laws is assenting to bills passed by Parliament. [61] If the office of president becomes vacant before the incumbent's term expires, a poll for an election must be held within six months. She said that Singapore will resume air travel safely, in order to maintain Singapore's role as a global and regional hub, while fortifying the nation's resilience in critical areas such as food, healthcare and supply chain management, in order to develop new sources of growth. His first term of office was from 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2005. 1 Min Read. President Halimah Yacob will be hosting a virtual Istana Open House (IOH) on Sunday, 2 August 2020, in celebration of National Day. Woodlands had dinosaurs before it was cool. Candidates or their polling agents may also affix their own seals to the ballot boxes. It consists of Singapore Island and some 60 small islets. 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Hence, the government recognises the fears and anxieties about jobs that Singaporeans have today, and will continue to make jobs their top priority for the next few years. 24 February 2020 . He served as president from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999. Nathan who served from 1999 to 2011 and the only living former president was Tony Tan Keng Yam who served from 2011 to 2017. [75] Permits must be obtained to hold election meetings[76] and display posters and banners,[77] and a number of acts are unlawful, including bribery,[78] dissuading electors from voting,[79] making false statements about candidates,[80] treating[81] and undue influence. She said that the government and the opposition have roles to play to build trust in Singapore's public institutions and achieve good outcomes for Singapore. Constitution, Arts. The last Yang di-Pertuan Negara, Yusof Ishak, became the first president. Unfettered meritocracy can foster excessive competition. SINGAPORE – In his congratulatory letter to United States President-elect Joe Biden, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned the former’s visit to Singapore in 2013, in his capacity as Vice-President in the Obama administration.Biden's two-day visit was filled to the brim with engagements including his call on Lee, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and the late Lee Kuan Yew at … In the case when the president is unable to perform their duties, their powers are temporarily transferred to the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA). Sri Lanka President. [25], The president has been called "Singapore's No. Her address will set out the government's priorities and policies for its next term, the first time she delivered the address in a new term of government. We Are Hiring Cap. [86] After the poll closes, the presiding officer of each polling station seals the ballot boxes without opening them. Singaporeans can overcome challenges of 2020, emerge stronger: President Halimah. The sum was used to fund the Government's Resilience Package consisting of two schemes aimed at preserving jobs and businesses during the financial downturn.[41]. Virtual Edition of the 8th Dubai Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery Conference , 18 – 20 November 2020. If not, the overseas votes may be decisive. [21] As the president exercises this constitutional function in accordance with Cabinet's advice and not in their personal discretion except in certain circumstances,[22] in general he or she may not refuse to assent to bills that Parliament has validly passed. More information on the award recipients is in the Annex . [60] The office falls vacant upon the expiry of the incumbent's term or if the president is for some reason unable to complete their term; for example, due to death, resignation, or removal from office for misconduct or mental or physical infirmity. [83], Polling day is a public holiday,[84] and voting is compulsory. [6], As a component of the legislature together with Parliament, the president is also jointly vested with legislative authority. Tim WHITE. 22L(1)(a) to (c). | [96][97] The allowance for the Istana's household expenses (Class III) is $2,762,308, an increase from $694,000. [18] The President only exercises limited powers in their personal discretion[19] to block attempts by the government of the day to draw down past reserves it did not accumulate, to approve changes to key appointments, and to exercise oversight over the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and decisions of the Executive under the Internal Security Act[5] and the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act. With this move, the Southeast Asian city-state is among the first countries to halt the vaccines’ use for immunization programs. 19(2)(d) read with Art. To tackle these problems, Singapore must stay united, and be ready to adapt to the changing situation, in order to keep Singapore thriving. [30] The president also possesses personal discretion to withhold assent to any bill in Parliament providing directly or indirectly for the direct or indirect variation, changing or increase in powers of the Central Provident Fund Board to invest moneys belonging to it;[31] and the borrowing of money, the giving of any guarantee or the raising of any loan by the Government if in the president's opinion the bill is likely to draw on reserves not accumulated by the Government during its current term of office. Wee Kim Wee promoted sports and volunteerism; and Ong Teng Cheong culture and the arts, particularly music. [66] In particular, the PEC must be satisfied that the potential candidates are persons of integrity, good character and reputation;[49] and if they have not previously held certain key government offices or acted as chairman of the board of directors or CEO of a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act with shareholders' equity of at least $500 million, that they held a position of comparable seniority and responsibility in the public or private sector that has given them experience and ability in administering and managing financial affairs. Privacy policy. 21(5). [68] For the 2017 presidential election, the members of the PEC are Eddie Teo (chairman), Lim Soo Hoon, Chan Heng Chee, Po'ad Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar, Tay Yong Kwang, and Peter Seah. [55][56], In November 2016, further amendments provide for "reserved elections" for a particular racial group (Chinese, Malay and Indian/other minority) — if that community has not been represented for five presidential terms. B.V.R CHOWDARI. 19(3)(c) and Art 19(4)(b). Here are 8 facts about Madam … [74], During the election period, a candidate may not spend more than $600,000 or 30 cents for each person on the electoral register, whichever is greater. The President of the Republic of Singapore is the country's head of state. After the Constitution was amended in 1991, the term of President Wee was fixed to end on 1 September 1993. Your Excellency, On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer my deepest condolences to the families which have lost loved ones to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). One significant change in Singapore's 14th Parliament is the designation of a Leader of the Opposition, which reflects the larger number of opposition MPs in Parliament. Singapore has a parliamentary system of government. His Excellency Xi Jinping. [87] The ballot boxes are then taken to counting centres to be opened and the ballots counted. 19(2)(c) read with Art. [38], The term of office of the first elected president, Ong Teng Cheong (1993–1999), was marked by differences between him and the Government concerning the extent of his discretionary fiscal powers. As we give generously of our time, talent and treasure, we discern the paradoxical truth that t is more blessed to give than to receive. After his death he was replaced by Benjamin Sheares, who served until his death in 1981, when he was succeeded by Chengara Veetil Devan Nair. President Halimah said that Singapore's economy is facing its worst recession since independence, with the economy likely to shrink by 5 per cent to 7 per cent this year. Halimah Yacob is the first female president of Singapore who is currently serving since 2017. Unfettered meritocracy can foster excessive competition, she said, and the government must recognise the need to help families who are disadvantaged, in order to give their children a fair start in life. Although Singapore has thrived for decades under globalisation and a stable international order, "Covid-19 has reshuffled the deck", said President Halimah. Owing to personal problems, Nair stepped down in 1985 and was replaced by Wee Kim Wee, who served as president until 1993. The government will continue to support businesses, especially SMEs, with cash flow and credit, so they can stay afloat and hold on to their workers. On five days each year, visitors are welcomed to explore the extensive and verdant grounds of the Istana, enjoy performances and participate in various organised activities. Nathan was returned unopposed on Nomination Day in 1999 and 2005. A person who wishes to run for the office of president has to fulfil stringent qualifications set out in the Constitution, which are as follows: The strictness of these qualifications led to the 1999, 2005, and 2017 elections being walkovers as only one candidate had qualified on nomination day. [2][3]. Singapore, city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, about 85 miles (137 km) north of the Equator. Constitution, Art. MINISTRY OF HEALTH 21 JULY 2020 The office of president was created in 1965 after Singapore became a republic upon its secession from the Federation of Malaysia that year. Cloud hosting by Vodien. [39] Discussions culminated in the Government issuing a non-binding white paper entitled The Principles for Determining and Safeguarding the Accumulated Reserves of the Government and the Fifth Schedule Statutory Boards and Government Companies (1999). 22L(1)(d) and (e). The president must not be subject to any of the following disqualifications: The president must be a person of integrity, good character and reputation. The disqualification of a person under clauses (d) and (e) may be removed by the President and shall, if not so removed, cease at the end of five years beginning from the date on which the return mentioned in clause (d) was required to be lodged or, as the case may be, the date on which the person convicted as mentioned in clause (e) was released from custody or the date on which the fine mentioned in clause (1) (e) was imposed on such person: Constitution, Art. President Halimah said that the interests of Singaporeans are always paramount, but at the same time, we cannot afford to turn away those who can contribute to Singapore. Singapore President. Singapore's longest-serving president was S.R. Nathan established the President's Challenge with the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and its statutory board, the National Council of Social Service. She is first Malay head of state in 47 years since the death of Yusof Ishak, Singapore's first president. General elections were held in Singapore on 10 July 2020 to elect the next Government of Singapore.. President Halimah Yacob dissolved Parliament on 23 June 2020 on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.It elected members of parliament to the 14th Parliament of Singapore since Singapore's independence in 1965, using the first-past-the-post electoral system. In a separate press release, the Elections Department (ELD) said the President has issued the Writ of Election for General Election 2020, with Polling Day on Jul 10.It will also be a public holiday. Singapore is the largest port in Southeast Asia and one of the busiest in the world. Each awardee received a trophy, a certificate signed by President and a $10,000 cash prize that can be used for their professional and personal development. If so, the returning officer declares the candidate with the highest number of votes to be elected as President. However, President Halimah also said that Singapore's economy will undergo significant structural changes, with some sectors unable to return to what they were before. In previous years, this sum was used to cover various expenses such as the cost of replacing state cars and installing a new document repository. She is Singapore’s first ever female President, and the first Malay President in 47 years. In addition, the president contributes to the nation's external relations by undertaking overseas trips on Cabinet's advice. 44(2)(c). 2020 and the opening days of this year saw announcements of key extension of appointments of High Court Judges and reappointments of Senior Judges and International Judges: Justice Quentin Loh receiving the Christmas gift of an extension of appointment and concurrently appointed President of the Singapore International Commercial Court; President Halimah said that Singapore's economy is facing its worst recession since independence, with the economy likely to shrink by 5 per cent … She said that multiracialism will always be a core element of our Singaporean identity, and that everyone, "regardless of race, language or religion", must have an equal place in our society. Rejected and tendered votes are excluded. Copyright © 2020 Mothership. August 24, 2020, 08:28 PM. Speaking in Parliament on 10 March 2011, Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam explained that this sum was to cater for the salaries of an additional staff officer to support the work of the Council of Presidential Advisers, and a butler manager; and to meet higher variable staff salary payments due to the nation's strong economic growth. She stressed that Singapore must readjust its Covid-19 strategies as the situation develops, and prepare its healthcare system for a possible resurgence of cases. [64] The process begins when the prime minister issues a writ of election to the returning officer specifying the date and place of nomination day. 11 of 2010) ("PEAA"). "We want to keep our society open and socially mobile, and not allow it to stratify and ossify over time, " said President Halimah. The president must not be a member of any, The president must have for a period of not less than three years held office —, as the most senior executive of a company with an average of $500 million in, in any other similar or comparable position of seniority and responsibility in any other organisation or department of equivalent size or complexity in the. Conference Book Presidential Elections (Posters and Banners) Regulations (, PEA, ss. DATE & TIME: NOV 18-19, 2020. President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, met Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, today. The president is nominally vested with executive authority, but in practice that authority is exercised by the Cabinet led by the prime minister of Singapore. Deputy Director of Nursing, Singapore General Hospital 7. December 29, 2020 10:47 AM SINGAPORE – At the end of a very unusual and challenging year, with Covid-19 causing serious economic and social disruption, Singapore needs “all hands on deck” to overcome the crisis and build a better future for generations to come, President Halimah Yacob said in her New Year message on Tuesday […] Halimah is the only Singaporean in the top 50 of the 2021 edition of the ranking, and has been featured on the list since 2018, a year after becoming Singapore's first woman President. Constitution, Art. Nanyang Technological University. Addenda to the Singapore President’s Address: MCCY, MOF on partnering the people and emerging stronger from Covid-19 Friday, 28 Aug 2020 07:55 PM MYT The addenda submitted by two ministries and four agencies under the Prime Minister’s Office August 28, 2020 will be debated in Parliament August 31, 2020. Constitution, Arts. At the invitation of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Halimah was the first Singaporean head of state to visit the Netherlandssi… [32] In addition, the president may withhold assent to any Supply Bill, Supplementary Supply Bill or Final Supply Bill for any financial year if in his or her opinion the estimates of revenue and expenditure, supplementary estimates or statement of excess are likely to lead to a drawing on past reserves. Last Saturday (25 July), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled his new Cabinet line-up and announced that the new Parliament session will convene on … [85] Voters must go to the polling stations assigned to them. Despite the bleakness of 2020, we are still relatively richly blessed compared to many others in the world (see my first point above on counting our blessings). [26], The powers of the president of Singapore are divided into those which the president may exercise in their own discretion, and those their must exercise in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet of Singapore or of a minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet. Upon his assumption of office, the president is required to take and subscribe in the presence of the chief justice or of another justice of the Supreme Court the Oath of Office, which states:[91]. Advertise with us During her speech, President Halimah spoke at length about the need to strengthen Singapore's shared sense of identity. About “Singapore has announced that it will temporarily cease the use of two flu vaccines after the post-vaccination death of 48 people in South Korea. | 20(1) to (3) and the 1st Sch. PM Lee Hsien Loong's remarks on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore on 8 February 2020. President. If both are unavailable the presidential functions are performed by an individual appointed by the Parliament, The Parliament of Singapore is required to provide a civil list for the maintenance of the president,[93] and it does so by way of the Civil List and Gratuity Act. The office of President also becomes vacant if it is determined that the election of the President was void and no other person was duly elected as President, or if on the expiration of the incumbent's term the person declared elected as President fails to take office: Arts. Dec 29, 2020, 10:47 am SGT SINGAPORE - At the end of a very unusual and challenging year, with Covid-19 causing serious economic and social disruption, Singapore needs "all … Madam Halimah Yacob has just been declared the President-elect of Singapore. [65] Potential candidates must obtain certificates of eligibility from the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC), the function of which is to ensure that such persons have the necessary qualifications to be nominated as a candidate for the election. He was not elected by the people in a vote, but became president by virtue of being the sole candidate deemed qualified by the Presidential Elections Committee. [35] The president has certain powers of oversight over the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau[36] and decisions of the Executive under the Internal Security Act[37] and the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act. By Reuters Staff. "Our Singaporean identity has been formed and strengthened not by excluding those who arrive later, but by successive arrivals adding to the richness of our society", she said. But on issues core to Singapore's survival and future, we must do our best to find common ground and build a broad consensus," she said. SINGAPORE - At the end of a very unusual and challenging year, with Covid-19 causing serious economic and social disruption, Singapore needs "all …. The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau's powers of investigation derive from the Prevention of Corruption Act (. [62] In other cases, an election can take place any time from three months before the expiry of the incumbent's term of office. [34] He or she also appoints as Prime Minister a member of Parliament (MP) who, in his or her personal judgment, is likely to command the confidence of a majority of MPs. Constitution, Arts. If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Telegram to get the latest updates. [9][10][11] He appealed against this decision, but the Court of Appeal also dismissed it.[12]. Web development by Ripplewerkz. She said that meritocracy has "served us well" for the past 55 years, but acknowledged that Singapore's model of meritocracy may be due for some changes. Wee Kim Wee was the first president to exercise custodial powers pursuant to the constitutional amendments of 1991. Justice Quentin Loh Sze-On, Judge of the High Court, will be appointed as President of the Singapore International Commercial Court, pursuant to section 18B(1) of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act, with effect from 25 December 2020. The person elected to the office of president assumes office on the day his predecessor ceases to hold office or, if the office is vacant, on the day following his election. Nathan and Halimah Yacob are the only candidates that won in an election in a walkover in 1999, 2005 and 2017 respectively. The current situation is especially challenging for Singapore, given how much we rely on trading and doing business with the rest of the world. The president must be resident in Singapore at the date of their nomination for election, and must have been so resident for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than ten years prior to that date. 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