PAP woos Hougang residents with free nursing services
Posted by temasektimes on February 27, 2012
Besides having its grassroots adviser Desmond Choo serving Hougang residents faithfully in the absence of Mr Yaw, Hougang grassroots organizations are also unveiling a series of measures to win their hearts and minds.
Hougang grassroots organizations will be collaborating with the Nurses Initiative for Community Engagement (NICE) programme to offer free nursing services in Hougang where PAP grassroots volunteers will collaborate with volunteer nurses to conduct home assessments to detect undiagnosed dementia and depression among the elderly.
To show its sincerity, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong launched the programme in person last Sunday where some 500 elderly residents took part in health screenings by NICE and health talks on Stroke and Dementia.
Though the PAP lost Hougang to WP in the last General Election, it continues to maintain a presence in the constituency via the Hougang grassroots organizations under the umbrella of the People’s Association, a non-partisan statutory board chaired by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Fortunately for Hougang residents, they have a ‘safety net’ to serve their interests now that their WP MP has gone ‘missing in action’ for days without a trace.
During the General Election last year, former WP MP for Hougang Low Thia Kiang promised Hougang residents that his protege Yaw Shin Leong would take good care of them and would never abandon them. Less than a year later, Hougang residents are now left in limbo following Mr Yaw’s unceremonious expulsion from WP over his failure to address allegations surrounding his alleged extra-marital affairs with a few married women, including a neighbor from China.
Hougang residents should not trust Mr Low’s empty words at face value again and scrutinize the candidates carefully should a by-election be called lest they make the wrong choice and have to suffer again.