For­mer pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls urge Hal­imah to unite Sin­ga­pore­ans

PM thanks both men for con­duct­ing them­selves with ‘pro­pri­ety and deco­rum’

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SIN­GA­PORE — For­mer Pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Mr Mo­hamed Salleh Mar­i­can and Mr Farid Khan Kaim Khan have urged Pres­i­dent-elect Hal­imah Ya­cob to unite Sin­ga­pore­ans and help soothe some of the un­hap­pi­ness that has emerged in the run-up to this year’s re­served elec­tion.

In a state­ment to TO­DAY, Mr Mar­i­can, the 67-year-old chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sec­ond Chance Prop­er­ties, said: “This has been a di­vi­sive run-up to the nom­i­na­tion for the Pres­i­dent. I hope Mdm Hal­imah will heal the wounds.”

Given her ex­pe­ri­ence and back­ground, Mr Mar­i­can be­lieved she “will be the uni­fy­ing Pres­i­dent”.

Chair­man of ma­rine ser­vices provider Bour­bon Offshore Asia Pa­cific, Mr Farid, 62, said he hoped Mdm Hal­imah would “have the peo­ple of Sin­ga­pore in her thoughts when mak­ing any de­ci­sions that will af­fect our lives and the lives of our chil­dren”.

Although he felt he had the abil­ity to bring Sin­ga­pore­ans to­gether, he wished Mdm Hal­imah the best and said: “I be­lieve that the Pres­i­dent must be a uni­fy­ing force for all races and peo­ple of all back­grounds.”

Yes­ter­day, Mdm Hal­imah was de­clared the coun­try’s eighth Pres­i­dent, be­com­ing the first woman and

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