President Halimah Yacob delivered her first address at the opening of the second session of the 13th Parliament. Her address provided an overview of the events that impacted Singapore in the first half of the term. President also elaborated on the Government's plans to build Singapore into an exceptional nation, as well as the role of 4G leaders in the next phase of nation building.
President Halimah Yacob celebrated her first Chinese New Year as president at the Istana Open House on Saturday, 17 February. She launched the President's Challenge Memorabilia, which are tokens of appreciation in return for donations to the President's Challenge. The gifts were designed by beneficiaries from President's Challenge, Social Enterprises and Voluntary Welfare Organisations.
The President’s Challenge has set aside $10 million over the next five years for a new “Empowering for Life Fund” to empower vulnerable groups. The new President’s Challenge Empowering for Life Fund will fund programmes to help the less fortunate, in the areas of skills upgrading, capacity-building and employment. It will focus on supporting customised, dedicated services to the most vulnerable groups, and facilitate their integration into society.
President Halimah Yacob at the Chingay Parade 2018.
President Halimah Yacob delivered a keynote speech at the first National Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles Convention. She called for Singaporeans of all races and religions to reach out to each other to forge a spirit of mutual respect.