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Mr Chee Hong Tat. 徐芳达. சீ ஹொங் Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC 碧山-- 大巴窑集选区 Meet the People Session. Place: Blk Toa. For Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, more than half the five-member team will be made From left: Mr Chee Hong Tat, Mr Chong Kee Hiong, Mr Saktiandi who would hold some of his Meet the People sessions in Toa Payoh East. Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency is a five-member Group Representation Constituency (GRC) located in the central region of Singapore. The GRC consists the entire areas of Bishan, the majority of Toa Payoh, is with Singapore People's Party led by former opposition leader Chiam See Tong.
In the afternoon, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work, readying their temporary branch office for the Meet-the-People Session MPS that would take place two days later.
Limbang branch secretary Johnny Lim recalls how he and a team of volunteers painted walls, scrubbed floors and moved furniture that day. This is what you call really being on the ground to serve residents," he tells Insight.
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Parliament reopens in January, and the new Cabinet will set out the Government's path for the future then. But the ruling party doesn't wait that long to get back to work.
Its well-oiled machinery of grassroots activists and MPs, so crucial to its success at the ballot box, have spent the last month tackling immediate issues they have encountered. It's hard work visiting one house at a time, rolling up your sleeves and getting the work done.
But we do this because we believe this is an important way of reaching out to our residents and seeing how we can help improve their lives. If this subsequently translates into votes, that's a bonus, but I think as MPs, we have a responsibility to serve them well.
PAP unveils 3 new faces for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
This is how an election is won - by beginning the work of serving residents and preparing for the next polls the day after the previous one, say party members.
Insight catches up with three new MPs - lawyer-turned-parliamentary secretary Amrin Amin, civil servant-turned-junior minister Chee Hong Tat and deputy chief executive Cheng Li Hui - to find out how they are settling into their roles.
Its strategy of spending more time meeting residents to hear their feedback and needs was a vote-winner. Since this strategy paid off handsomely, the party seems set to continue with it.
Between recruiting volunteers and distributing masks to needy residents when the haze hit its peak, they have also been drawing up plans for the neighbourhoods they are in charge of.
Ms Cheng is planning a programme for volunteers to accompany elderly folk to clinic visits, while Mr Amrin is promoting social mobility at the local level by encouraging needy schoolchildren in his constituency to work hard for their exams. I'd like to see. If you pass all your papers or improve, I'll give you a present.
- Meet-The-People Session (MPS)
- For the PAP, the real work begins now
- Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency
In response to the cynic who thinks this is just to win votes, Mr Chee says: He said there will be few surprises this time around; the PAP candidates "are familiar faces" who have been on the ground "a fairly long time".
Two of the three new faces, Mr Chong and Mr Saktiandi, are said to be known to Bishan-Toa Payoh residents from their having done grassroots work there for the past two years. Mr Chong, the oldest of the three at 49, will take over Mr Wong's ward, Toa Payoh, a job which gives him "big shoes to fill", he said. Mr Wong described him as one who "works very hard" and has "strong, sound values".
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He comes with a good heart," Mr Wong said. Mr Saktiandi, 41, has been doing volunteer work for more than a decade, starting with the youth wing of the Association of Muslim Professionals.
Asked why he wanted to stand for election, the former kampung boy and now father of three said: I believe in the Singapore dream. I want to hear from residents on how we can improve their living environment, improve their lives, for both HDB and private estates," said the year-old, who is married and has four children.
Mr Hri Kumar, whom Mr Chee will replace, describes the new candidate as "quick and sharp to grasp issues" although he has not been active in grassroots work for long because of his position in the civil service.