Presidential hopefuls Halimah Yacob and Salleh Marican meet, shake hands with one another

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Presidential hopefuls Halimah Yacob and Mohamed Salleh Marican met at the launch of Singapore’s first donor breastmilk bank yesterday. Halimah Yacob had been invited as the event’s guest of honour while Salleh Marican was there in his capacity as a board member of Temasek Cares – the organisation that jointly developed the breastmilk bank, along with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).

Reporters at the event heard that Salleh Marican plans to submit eligibility forms to the Elections Department next week. He also commented that he is mentally preparing for the reserved election race and has several interviews lined up for the coming days.

Halimah Yacob, on the other hand, declined to make any comments regarding the elections which have been set aside for candidates from the Malay community.

A photo of the prospective opponents smiling and shaking hands has been circulating online.

Some netizens have questioned whether it is haram, or religiously illegal, for married Muslim women to touch other men. Some have even questioned previously whether Halimah might be able to shake hands with national and foreign dignitaries if she becomes president, since she is a married Muslim woman.

It must be noted that this is not the first time Halimah has shook hands with men:

As for whether it is haram for her to shake the hands of men, many online have suggested that it is fine for her to do so since other progressive Malay women in today’s day and age in Singapore don’t mind offering or accepting handshakes:

82 COMMENTS

  1. All talk abt Halimah shudnt be shaking hands with men. But then the other candidates are males and they also cnt shake hand with women leaders frm other country what. and then, there are muslims who wear hand gloves (yes, like the Queen) because of this issue.

    Ah well.. people just dont understand Islam. Because there are different schools of thoughts on the matter.

  2. Shaking hand is not an issues. As a muslim she knew what to prepare and what to do. Dont stir this issues into a talking point. She is not the only female leader in the world. In muslim context it also apply to men.It up to individuals.Why this bloody Indepentdent want to stir this.

  3. Orang Melayu ni pasal yg remeh ni haram nya lebih2. Jatuh hukum nya seolah-olah orang tu akan masuk neraka. Tapi yg mereka2 bab mengata … mengutuk … memfitnah tu pahala ke ….

  4. Chiak lut Liow
    Mdm Halimah !!!
    How like that ???

    I assume most of us know very very little about Salleh Marican.

    Would any of you guys care to share some info on him ?

  5. Singaporeans, see for yourselves the EVIL WORK of the Corrupt PAP & Corrupt MSM !

    Mr Salleh is on the Temasek Care Foundation’s Board of Directors, as its TREASURER.

    Mr Salleh said the project was met with unanimous approval by the foundation’s board. “All of us felt very strongly that this is very important. Many countries have already (set up such milk banks). But better late than never.”

    HALIMAH YACOB RESIGNED as Speaker of Parliament and PAP MP on 7 Aug 2017 with immediate effect.

    In WHAT capacity is she allowed to be Guest of Honour for this Breast Milk Bank launch huh ?

    Doesn’t this prove that HALIMAH YACOB is still PARTISAN ?

  6. This bickering about Muslim women can’t shake hands w man is so backward

    It is prohibited to shake hands with a woman if there is fear of provoking sexual desire or enjoyment on the part of either one of them or if there is fear of temptation.

    Don’t you think you’re insulting the intelligence of the people serving our government?
    Give the lady a break, for goodness sake!
    This is Singapore, it’s a cosmopolitan country with meritocratic society. Shld religion be in our way of our country’s uniformity, there will be chaos.

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