SINGAPORE: The Government remains committed to serving residents, whether they are in wards held by the People’s Action Party (PAP) or the opposition, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Jul 30).
He was speaking at the opening of the Rivervale Community Club in Sengkang East.
The plan to build the new standalone community club with more facilities was first announced in 2016, as the former facility located at an HDB void deck was becoming “too small” to cater to the area’s growing population. Efforts were made to reach out to many residents, especially those actively using the old community club, for ideas and suggestions, he said.
“At that time, Sengkang East was under the PAP (People’s Action Party). Then in the 2020 General Elections, it went to the opposition,” said Mr Lee.
The Workers’ Party won the new Sengkang GRC that year with 52.13 per cent of the vote.
“But the Government remains committed to serving residents here in Sengkang,” the Prime Minister said.
“So work on the (community club) carried on because the needs of the residents remain – needs for a larger community space, for a wider range of facilities and programmes,” he said.
At the same time, the People’s Association continued its work in the area to bring residents together and strengthen the community.
“Whether Sengkang East is in a PAP or in an opposition ward, many activists and volunteers continue to serve on the (Community Club Management Committee) and on its sub-committees to organise activities and programmes for residents,” Mr Lee said.
“We also continue to maintain a full grassroots network to inform residents about government policies, to help vulnerable households through many government assistance schemes, and to gather feedback so that we continue to have a good sense of the ground.”
On the role of community clubs, Mr Lee said they form an important part of Singapore’s social landscape as they provide shared spaces for community activities, as well as opportunities for residents from different races and social backgrounds to meet and interact.
Even as homes and living standards in Singapore improved vastly over the past decades, the need for common spaces in society remains.
“That’s why we continue to develop our (community clubs), upgrade the infrastructure, update the programmes to meet residents’ changing needs,” he said.