If elected in the country’s inaugural reserved PE next month, she will be the Republic’s first woman President.

The two other candidates who have previously announced their plans to contest are: Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican, the chief executive of Second Chance Properties, and Mr Farid Khan Kaim Khan, chairman of marine service provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific.

Mdm Halimah, 62, entered politics in 2001, and has been a Member of Parliament (MP) in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC since the General Election in 2015. Other MPs in the constituency include Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, Mr Alex Yam and Mr Ong Teng Koon.

To contest in the PE, Mdm Halimah would have to vacate her posts as Speaker and MP, and resign from the People’s Action Party by Nomination Day.