Presidential hopeful Ng Kok Song: Meditation can help youths tackle mental health issues, enable Singapore’s future success

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Presidential hopeful Ng Kok Song pays a visit to the Central Sikh Gurdwara at Towner Road on July 23, 2023. — TODAY pic

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Sunday, 23 Jul 2023 11:01 PM MYT

SINGAPOR, July 23 — Having taught Singapore’s founding father how to meditate, presidential hopeful Ng Kok Song now believes that youths can benefit from practising meditation, which he said can give them “inner peace” and address mental health issues, along the way enabling the country’s future success.

The former GIC investment chief was speaking to the media after his visit to the Central Sikh Gurdwara at Towner Road this morning – his first public appearance since he announced his presidential bid on Wednesday.

A devout Catholic, the 75-year-old made headlines previously for teaching Christian meditation to the late Lee Kuan Yew, even though Singapore’s founding prime minister was not a Christian.

“As you all know, I practise meditation. And I think meditation is one of those practices which can help people come to inner peace, inner harmony. It will help people of all generations, but particularly the young,” Ng said.

“So that’s one of the things that I hope to do more when I’m President. To raise the consciousness of mental health, and to encourage as many people as possible...

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