“I, Halimah Yacob, having been elected as President of the Republic of Singapore, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties.”
With those words, a Wikipedia entry was updated last night. Singapore now has her first female president. Describing this as a significant moment in Singapore’s history, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the swearing in ceremony: “Today, we reaffirm the pledge that Mr Lee Kuan Yew made on August 9, 1965… Everybody would have his place, equal, regardless of language, culture, religion.”
But does everybody really have his place? Word on the street is that Madam President would like to continue staying at her “jumbo” HDB flat in Yishun and it is not clear yet if she will be moving to the official residence in Orchard. From the get-go, this presents several situations for her neighbours.
On the other hand, Yishun has been the butt of jokes for the past few years ever since an unusual amount of unfortunate circumstances happened, originated or were related to this northern town. Housing a population of only 205,000, this town has churned out a disproportionate number of murderers, suicide cases, molesters, and even strange natural occurrences like monster caterpillar clusters. Occasionally called Yi-slum, our first female President has singlehandedly turned this district’s reputation around by going against the grain and choosing an abode like 85% of Singapore’s population.