Well, we all knew this day was coming. President Halimah Yacob will soon vacate the premises of her jumbo flat at Yishun Avenue 4 — where she has stayed with her family for more than two decades — even though she expressed time and again her desire to remain in the neighborhood.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released a statement today revealing that there would be “several challenges” in ensuring the president’s security and protection in her current home, although it did not elaborate on that.
After it conducted an assessment of the security arrangements of her living in her family’s HDB flat, which is made up of two adjacent four-room and five-room flats, the ministry “strongly advised” the president to “consider moving to another place”.
“This will enable the agencies to ensure her safety and security with greater assurance,” MHA explained.
Of course, the president accepted the recommendation and said she would make arrangements to move soon. But no details were released on her new home or when her family would move out of their Yishun flat.
Neighbors that The Straits Times and TODAY spoke to voiced their sadness over news that their friendly neighbor would be moving away, adding that they had appreciated the extra security she brought with her after she was sworn in as president. But still, they expressed confidence in better security if she were to live in a private house.