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Updated: 01/19/2013 09:39 | By Channel NewsAsia

Government has introduced many programmes for Singaporeans: PAP

Government has introduced many programmes for Singaporeans: PAP


Government has introduced many programmes for Singaporeans: PAP

SINGAPORE: At the People’s Action Party’s first Punggol East by—election rally on Friday night, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says the government has introduced many programmes to address the concerns of Singaporeans.

These include tackling transportation bottlenecks and helping keep housing affordable.

That’s why, Mr Teo said, it’s important for residents to support the PAP candidate for Punggol East, Koh Poh Koon, who has actionable plans to further help residents.

Stabilising housing prices and giving more help to the disadvantaged.

Mr Teo said the government has kept its promise by introducing all the necessary programmes to help Singapore grow.

But he said the community needs a man like Dr Koh Poh Koon who can make larger contributions by offering ideas and solutions for policies.

Mr Teo plans to appoint Dr Koh to be in the PAP town council’s welfare committee to help residents with financial difficulties.

"We need dedicated man and women, dedicated man to step up and take responsibility and take on the challenge of taking action and not just talking and criticising but getting things done and we need people like Dr Koh to serve our residents, to translate concerns and aspirations into workable programmes that can make lives better and to help shape the Singapore that we all want," said Mr Teo.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who also spoke at the rally in support of Dr Koh, said that the time is not to make grand speeches and score political points.

He adds that it’s about developing ideas and putting them into action.

Mr Heng points out that Dr Koh can also draw on the resources of the neighbouring Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council to help the residents in Punggol East.

Dr Koh already has many plans in mind including asking for more after—school care facilities and to set up a job placement centre in the constituency.

Dr Koh said: "As your voice in Parliament, I will speak on issues that matter to you. I will push for more help, for our fellow citizens in need, the poor, the vulnerable and especially the elderly who have done so much for our society to make it what it is today. I will bring up practical issues that families face, on education, on childcare, on the cost of living. I will do all I can to push for policies that will help more individuals and families to stand on their own two feet."

Helping to build a better environment for Singapore’s future generation is what Dr Koh is committed to doing.

Dr Koh said: "I know the Singapore story can continue and it can become even better for our children. I want to recreate the ingredients that our children can use to write the most exciting chapter in this Singapore story. Regardless of their race, language, or religion, regardless of their financial and family background, I want to believe that when we put our hard work together and give it our best shot, we will leave behind a legacy for our children that is far better than the one our forefathers left for us."

Over this weekend, Dr Koh is expected to ramp up his walkabouts around the ward to interact with residents.

— CNA/de

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