Presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob launched her presidential election campaign yesterday (29 August 2017).
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But something in particular stood out for many Singaporeans which led to a bit of discussion online. Her campaign slogan caught the attention of some Grammar Nazis who argued that the slogan is just atrocious.
Let’s just explore how this phrase came about. Do Good Together is part of a phrase (“Do Good, Do Well, Do Together, Do More“) which was often used by former Labour Chief and current Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say during his time in the Labour Movement. And Halimah Yacob was in the NTUC for 33 years, where she was its Deputy Secretary General before she left to become a Minister of State.
It goes to show that “Do Good Do Together” would have stuck with her ever since, after all she was Minister of State for the Ministry of Social and Family Development where she was a policy maker for the social services sector. Just look through her Facebook posts and you’ll see that it is consistently there in her posts.
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At the campaign launch yesterday, Halimah’s work of “Do Good Do Together” was exemplified in a short speech by Nominated Member of Parliament Chia Yong Yong who is one of her nominators for the election proceedings.
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“…that’s how I’ve known her. Somebody who cares for the vulnerable, people who are disadvantaged, people who are poor…to my mind, “Do Good Do Together”, is not Mdm’s campaign slogan. It is Mdm’s principle and what she lives by…”
Chia is the President of the SPD (formerly known as the Society for the Physically Disabled).
Chia added that in the few years that Halimah was in the social services sector, she did a lot.
For example, she was one of the early proponents of inclusivity in Singapore.
Chia highlighted Enabling Village as an example of inclusivity in the form of accessible infrastructure where “we can all live together as a community”.
While “Do Good Do Together” is grammatically wrong, it speaks of the correct spirit of unifying together to create a positive outcome.
And as Halimah herself said, the role of a president is to “unify the nation”.
Also, why does it have to be grammatically correct, if it can be easily understood by the layman?
The point is: If she is elected as our next President, Halimah intends to Do Good and Do Together.