Halimah Yacob steps down as PAP MP and Speaker of Parliament to focus on presidential election bid

A day after she declared that she would run in next month’s presidential election reserved for Malay candidates, Madam Halimah Yacob resigned as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

The Straits Times reported that Madam Halimah submitted her letter of resignation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Aug 7) informing him of her decision to step down as MP and leave the People’s Action Party (PAP).

She had been a member of the central executive committee and chaired the PAP Seniors’ Group.

In a Facebook post, Madam Halimah wrote: “I want to convey my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to my parliamentary colleagues and members of the Party for their unstinting support and friendship, and for working together to make Singapore an even better home for our people.”

In a letter to her later on Monday, PM Lee, who is secretary-general of the PAP, accepted her resignation and thanked her for her contributions in her many roles.

He wrote: “Having worked with you for many years, I knew your passion to serve and your commitment to Singapore. Now that you have decided, I wish you all the best.”