SINGAPORE: Candidates for the Punggol East by—election from the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) and Reform Party (RP) outlined their five—year plans on Thursday.
RP’s secretary—general, Kenneth Jeyaretnam said his plan won’t cost a lot of money while SDA’s secretary—general, Desmond Lim said he wants to set up a residents’ cooperative to build a hawker centre.
Mr Lim said his five year plan had been announced during the General Election in 2011.
It includes building a hawker centre, bicycle tracks, childcare centres and coffee corners.
He explained the plan can be funded by the town council as it has the operating and sinking funds.
For programmes that can’t be funded by the town council, Mr Lim said he intends to invite interested parties to invest in joint—ventures with the residents.
One such idea is to establish a residents’ cooperative for a hawker centre.
Mr Lim said: "They manage the place, give low rental and rent out the stall to their own residents to operate and run. Residents within this constituency can patronise and have a discount rate. For outsiders, of course it is normal rates."
Mr Jeyaretnam was also busy reaching out to residents.
He will be discussing his five—year plan for the ward with his grassroots team on setting up a legal clinic to help those in debt, as well as a tuition club.
He added that several residents of Punggol East are in the team as his primary advisers in this by—election.
The RP chief remains undeterred about some views that the by—election will be a two—horse race between the Workers’ Party and the ruling People’s Action Party.
Mr Jeyaretnam said: "People have got to be given the right to choose. It is like the idea that it is better to have one or two brands in the supermarket because it might confuse consumers."
Mr Jeyaretnam added he will not hold more than two rallies and that the first will probably be held this weekend.
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