Oh, it’s been a long time coming.
We’ve waited for weeks while Mdm Halimah mulled, and she’s finally announced her much-expected decision to run in Presidential Election 2017.
So why a “bittersweet” decision, as she described it?
Mdm Halimah, in an interview with the press this evening, said that she wants to make the step up after 40 years of serving in the public service.
But at the same time, she has to resign as Speaker of Parliament and Marsiling-Yew Tee MP in order to run.
Mdm Halimah stated that preparations have been made such that both her roles will be well-covered after her resignation tomorrow.
The election is slated to be held in September this year and Mdm Halimah will likely run against Salleh Marican and Farid Khan.
That is, if all of the 3 potential candidates are approved by the Community Committee that is in charge of approving whether candidates are “Malay” enough to contest in this year’s reserved for “Malay candidates only” election.
Farid Khan is of Pakistani descent, while Salleh Marican is part Indian and can barely speak Malay.
Mdm Halimah’s father is an Indian, which makes her part Indian.
However, she’s been certified to run as a Malay candidate in 4 General Election campaigns so to date.