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Fifth World Press Photo exhibition in Singapore Museum

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Singapore: The World Press Photo (WPP) exhibition returns to Singapore Museum on Friday which focuses 145 poignant and powerful images from around the world.

It is the fifth year that the exhibition is being held in the city-state. This is the first time the exhibition, presented by the Straits Times, is held at National Museum of Singapore, Xinhua reported.

Baey Yam Keng, parliamentary secretary for the ministry of culture, community and youth, officiated the opening ceremony on Thursday. The exhibition opens to the public for free from Friday to February 21.

As the “Oscars” of photojournalism, the global travelling exhibition showcases prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, expressive, and on occasion provocative press images from around the world.

These photos were shortlisted from 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries for the annual WPPcontest. The 58th exhibition itself has travelled to around 100 cities in about 45 countries and regions in a year-long tour.

In conjunction with the opening ceremony, two award-winning photographers, Pete Muller, an American based in Kenya, Sarker Protick from Bangladesh, and Sim Chi Yin, a judge in the WPP competition for 2016, talked about photojournalism on Thursday.

Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English, Malay, Tamil Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings Limited, said the exhibition showcases the best work of many talented photojournalists.

He hopes the public can appreciate the impact these dedicated professionals make to the stories.

The Straits Times also pays tribute to the power of the visual image with an exhibition showcasing the newspaper’s best photojournalism work of 2015.

These photos depict various moments of an event-filled golden jubilee year, from historic events like the funeral of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, to intimate moments such as a baptism at East Coast Park.(IANS)(Image-worldpressphoto)

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Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s First Woman President, Elected Without a Vote

"I am a President for everyone," said the newly elected Halimah Yacob, whose post is more representative than executive

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Halimah Yacob who was the only candidate to get eligibility certificate, is now set to be Singapore's next President Wikimedia

Singapore, September 13, 2017 : Halimah Yacob became on Wednesday the first woman President of Singapore, being the only candidate who met the requirements for the presidential elections.

However, Yacob’s selection was overshadowed by criticism that it was undemocratic to give her the top post without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a 63-year-old Muslim of Malay descent, will take her oath of office on Thursday in a ceremony due to be held in Istana, the presidential residence and office, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office said.

Yacob was the only presidential hopeful among three potential candidates to qualify for the post. This year’s election was reserved for Malay candidates. Two other contenders, businessmen Mohamed Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, did not meet one of the minimum requirements to run, Channel NewsAsia reported.

Yacob, accompanied by her husband and greeted by about 750 supporters, spoke outside the People’s Association building and called for unity in a speech delivered in English and Malay.

“We need every Singaporean to stand together shoulder to shoulder … we have not reached the peak yet and the best is yet to come,” Yacob said, urging citizens to “focus on the similarities that we have and not on the differences.”

In 2016, Singapore’s Parliament approved a constitutional reform which stipulated that the presidential elections would be reserved for one of the ethnicities of the multicultural city-state if no candidate from this group has occupied the post in the previous 30 years.

“I am a President for everyone,” said Halimah Yacob, whose post is more representative than executive.

Yacob was born in 1954 to a Muslim Indian-origin father and a Malay mother.

The mother of five started her political career with the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has been governing the country since 1959, and entered the Parliament in 2001.

She secured her first portfolio in 2011, as State Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and became the Speaker of Parliament in 2013.

In August 2017, Halimah Yacob stepped down as Speaker and resigned from the PAP to be able to run for President. (IANS)

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