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NUS Chancellor and President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, presents the Honorary Doctor of Laws to Mdm Halimah Yacob ’78.

Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob ’78 (LL.B.) ’01 (LL.M.), was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws at this year’s main Commencement ceremony on 7 July at the University Cultural Centre. The honorary degree is in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Singapore and the community, and was presented to Mdm Halimah by NUS Chancellor and President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Parliament in 2001; her appointment as the first female Speaker of Parliament in 2013; and the first Singaporean to be on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation.

In NUS Law Dean Professor Simon Chesterman’s citation for Mdm Halimah, he shared how she led the way with a number of firsts, including being the first Malay woman to be elected into

During her three decades of service with the labour movement, she has supported the rights of low-wage workers, encouraged flexible work arrangements and family care leave.


Among the awards she has received are Berita Harian’s “Achiever of the Year” in 2001, the AWARE Heroine Award in 2011, and her induction into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

Addressing new graduates, Mdm Halimah urged them to view difficult circumstances as opportunities, to make a mark in their chosen careers, and to always give back to society. “Look for a cause, a passion and champion it. Also, remember that we are where we are today because we have the support of so many people along the way.” Mdm Halimah further encouraged them to “have the humility to accept that not everything that happened to us was because of how smart or how good we are, but because we had a lot of help.”

LawLink 2016  

NUS Law Alumni Magazine 2016

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