The Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore, has referred to current President Halimah Yacob as a “he” in a job advertisement.
President Halimah is Singapore’s first female President. A former ruling party MP, Mdm Halimah vacated her seat in Parliament and chose to contest the 2017 Presidential Election which had been reserved for Malay candidates. She was made President by walkover after two potential candidates were disqualified from contesting the election.
The Istana is presently seeking candidates to join its staff as a chef and advertised the job vacancy on the official government job portal, Careers@gov. The listing, however, refers to President Halimah as a male, in the first line of the job description:
Interestingly, this is not the only job listing advertised by the Istana that refers to President Halimah as a male. All three jobs listed on Careers@gov by the Istana refer to the President as a “he”:
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