Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has been gave a leading honor by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in recognition of her contributions to Singapore and the community.
Madam Halimah, 61, received the Doctor of Laws degree on Thursday (July 7) at a beginning event at her university.
This puts her in the company of such luminaries as previous Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, and previous Chief Justices Yong Pung How and Chan Sek Keong.
Calling the award “an excellent motivator”, Madam Halimah, who got in politics in 2001 as MP for Jurong GRC, said she means to do more to promote the causes she has long championed, such as workers’ well-being, women’s issues, and household and ageing problems.
At an interview last week, she said the misfortune she faced early in life had stimulated her on and inspired her.
She had actually lost her dad at the young age of 8 years of ages, and her mom struggled to put food on the table. To support herself and her 4 siblings, she would assist her mom prepare Malay food for sale prior to school every day.
But Madam Halimah – Singapore’s very first woman Speaker of Parliament – never ever viewed these difficulties negatively.
” A difficulty or a problem forces me to think more creatively about ways to navigate it, to look at other options, alternatives, device brand-new methods, brand-new techniques,” she stated.
She went on to study law at NUS on a bursary from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, and later on spent 30 years in the labor motion promoting for workers, women and minority groups.
On being recognized for her contributions, Madam Halimah said she was honored and grateful.
However, she added that “there will be a great deal of work to do” stating she wanted to be able to do more for these causes near her heart.
Madam Halimah likewise urged brand-new graduates to focus not simply by themselves careers, however to likewise think of how they can give back to society.
” Human beings have the inherent capacity to do great, and they ought to use their university education to sharpen that goodness that they need to contribute back to society,” she stated including that she herself had actually benefitted from the education system and the contributions of others before her.
” That’s actually crucial, because … we wish to be contributing towards the development of a good society.”