President-elect Halimah Yacob’s Acceptance Speech Goes Wrong As Netizens Rip Into It Word For Word
Before we begin, we here at MustShareNews would like to state that we do not not dislike Madam Halimah Yacob. We remain as neutral as possible when writing our articles which we hope provides value to you, our reader and any negativity perceived is based on the views of the online public. The opinions of our writers do not in any way influence the context of our articles. Now, back to what you came here for.
“I believe that this is a proud moment for Singapore.”
What first came to your mind when you read that? Was it when Joseph Schooling clinched Singapore’s first ever gold meal at the Rio Olympic Games? Or perhaps it was when we celebrated our 50th birthday just 2 years ago. Whatever it was, you’re still wrong because the correct answer is when Halimah Yacob addressed her supporters at the Nomination Centre on Wednesday (13 Sept) as she prepared to become Singapore’s next President.
After months of controversy and heated debates surrounding the 2017 Presidential Election, it looked as if the dust was finally settling and that the storm would blow over.
However, perhaps there seems to be one last chapter in the ongoing saga, and this latest installment is known as Halimah Yacob’s Acceptance Speech. The 16-minute performance drew the ire of netizens, who felt the entire thing was disgraceful and repulsive instead.
If you’ve 16 minutes to spare, check out her speech below:
Or not, because the former Speaker of Parliament stumbles and repeats herself throughout the entire thing multiple times. Come along with us, as we break down actual quotes from her speech.
Grateful for well wishes and encouragement
Granted, Halimah has her share of supporters. A few of them even skipped work to show their support yesterday.
But if you’re the average Singaporean, which you are because that’s what average means, chances are you’re more likely noticed the wave of negativity and ongoing #NotMyPresident trend instead.
Which is why it was baffling when she decided to say the following:
I’m so really, really grateful for their well wishes, their encouragement and support. Many of you not only gave words of encouragement and support, and many of you came, pat me on the back.
A harmless comment, really. Thanking your supporters is a common thing to do but netizens had no intentions of letting her off easy.
If we were to compile any more of the negative comments, we would never finish this article.
Madam “selected” President
I want to tell you as your president-elect..
While technically correct, perhaps she should probably refrain from addressing herself as President-elect for the time being to avoid riling up unnecessary retorts such as:
More like, Madam Selected-President, am I right????
Multiculturalism in Singapore
Throughout her speech, one of the main focal points was how people of different races were allowed equal opportunity in Singapore.
It is a proud moment for multiculturalism, multi-racialism in our society. It shows that multi-racialism is not just a slogan – something that is good for us to see, for people to hear – but it means that it really works in our society.
Which probably wasn’t the best concept to bring up, given the resentment formed was exactly because the election was restricted to only Malay candidates.
..because it shows very positively how Singapore practices multi-racialism.
Because this election has proved to be anything but equal.
That everyone has a chance to reach the highest office of the land.
Said the one who won after rules limited candidates to be of a certain race that fulfills a set of strict criteria.
First female President
Every woman can aspire to the highest office of the land if you have the courage, the determination, and the will to work hard.
At least women can be proud that she became Singapore’s first ever female President right?
To be fair, this comment caught us off guard as well.
Proud of our country
We are Singaporeans, we are in a country that we’re really proud of.
At this point she’s just opening herself up to more hate comments by saying something like that.
Before concluding her speech with the following:
We must move in one direction.
Turns out, she actually did help netizens align in one direction. Just not the one she was thinking of.
Halimah unfortunate to bear brunt of anger
Instead of actually disliking Madam Halimah, we feel that Singaporeans are generally more upset over the circumstances that led to her victory.
Given the questionable changes to the requirements just before the election, it is unfortunate that she had to bear the brunt of the hostility. Furthermore, it’s no surprise that most simply decide based on their feelings rather than actual facts. That’s just how politics works, to the majority that isn’t involved in it.
Featured image from YouTube.