31 Dec '17, 6am

President Halimah's New Year message: 'Build bridges between communities and stay united'

President Halimah's New Year message: 'Build bridges between communities and stay united'

SINGAPORE - In her New Year message, President Halimah Yacob has called on Singaporeans to build on the "tremendous strength" that Singapore has. These strengths are evident "in the way we respect our religious and cultural diversity, in the way we provide opportunities for everyone, and in the way we value social cohesion", she said. "As we enter the new year, let's continue to build on this strength. Build bridges between communities and stay united," added President Halimah, who marks her first new year as president. Madam Halimah stepped down as MP and Speaker of Parliament earlier this year to run for the presidency. She was elected in September, becoming Singapore's first woman president - and its first Malay president in 47 years. The message - delivered in a 50-second video and posted on Facebook on Sunday (Dec 31) - is the first New Year video message by a preside...

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