Halimah Yacob to move out of her 30-year-old apartment for security

Vastavam web: Singapore’s newly elected President Halimah Yacob is moving out of her 30-year-old apartment, built under the public housing scheme, for security reasons, according to media reports.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has advised the president that “the security agencies face several challenges in ensuring her security and protection, if she continues to stay in her current home”.After being declared President on September 13, Halimah, 63, had continued to live in the Yishun flat, making her Singapore’s first head of state to live in public housing while in office.
The sixth-floor apartment was the first property she and her husband, Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, 63, bought as newly- weds more than 30 years ago.The president has described it as a “very nice, comfortable place” and lived there with her family.Singapore’s past presidents had lived in private housing or at the Istana (The Presidential Palace) within the Central Business District.An awning was put up at the foot of the apartment block of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) in the Yishun housing estate, catering to the security and police cars requirements.More than 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in the state- built and subsidised apartments in HDB estates.