Sitoh Yi Pin spends $1 million dollars to help 300 needy families in Potong Pasir
Posted by temasektimes on March 10, 2012
Since becoming the new Member of Parliament (MP) of Potong Pasir, PAP MP Sitoh Yi Pin has been working very hard to serve the residents.
According to media reports, Mr Sitoh has set up a ‘Community Welfare Fund’ for Potong Pasir and will be spending some $1 million dollars to help 300 needy families living there. They will be provided with basic necessities such as rice, cooking oil and salt each month.
The money for the fund is raised entirely by Mr Sitoh himself and his team of 200 dedicated grassroots volunteers who will be responsible for taking care of the needy families. Potong Pasir residents with a household income of less than $450 monthly are eligible to apply for the aid, known as ‘Rose Project’.
Potong Pasir residents interviewed by the media were full of praises for Mr Sitoh.
One 44 years old Mr Yew said:
“Mr Sitoh has brought much improvements to the estate. Once the blocks are upgraded and fitted with new lifts, the prices of our properties will surely go up.”
Another resident applauded Mr Sitoh for being a hardworking MP:
“I see him very often in the estate chit-chatting with residents. He attended the weekly Meet-the-People sessions every time without fail.”
Potong Pasir has been an opposition stronghold for more than 25 years since its former MP Chiam See Tong first won the seat in 1984. Mr Sitoh won Potong Pasir in last year’s General Election by a razor thin margin of only 72 votes against Mr Chiam’s wife Lina Loh.
The fate of Potong Pasir is in stark contrast to that of another opposition ward Hougang whose residents are left without a MP to serve them after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong went ‘missing in action’ and was sacked from the Workers Party for sexual indiscretions.