Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A visit to 'slum' - Potong Pasir

After the GE2011 and learning that Mrs Lina Chiam has lost Potong Pasir to Sitoh Yih Pin, I wanted  to travel to Potong Pasir to take a look at the 'slum' before all the hdb flats, coffee shops or markets got upgraded. I wonder why some 'men in white' labelled Potong Pasir as 'slum area'. I wonder do they really know what a slum is.
Ladies and gentlemen, THIS IS SLUM! 

So I went to Potong Pasir on Tuesday, right after my exam. Although Singapore is just a tiny island, this is my first time to Potong Pasir. Another reason probably explain why I have never been here - I live at the extreme west side of this country. The moment I reached Potong Pasir, it really does give me a very 90s feeling. The hdb flat is indeed looking older than most of our hdb flat (which is under the ruling party) but the place is CLEAN & GREEN. I didn't bring my camera along that day so I have to use my handphone to take photos. The quality is abit sucky.

The first picture I took the moment we reached there. This signboard might be taken down and it will be gone forever! 

Welcome to Potong Pasir! I like the structure of this flats. Too bad my phone's camera can't take wide angle photo.

Random photo taken while walking to Mac Donald for our lunch. 

This is the covered linkway to MRT station. 

Officially opened by Mr Chiam See Tong :)
Not sure what the project was but probably this is just to show what PP Town Council has done.

Random photo of the flats. The block in-front of 105 is 108, the location where the volunteers are doing the petition.

'Service Before Self'.  How many of us actually can do it?

The 'Meet-the-people session' area where residents are seated while waiting for their turn.

Mr Chiam's office table for the last 27 years. Can you imagine that the men in white are enjoying the aircon in the office while people like Chiam See Tong and Low Thia Khiang have to use a hdb's void deck to meet the residents?

This is pasted on the metal piece. Probably written by PP resident. 

This stone chairs & table is so old school! 

Once again, 'where got slum?'
Time to reminisce...
Mr Chiam See Tong has served the residents in Potong Pasir for 27 years but sadly in GE 2011 the residents has cast their precious vote. Now Potong Pasir is under a new MP and most likely Potong Pasir SMC will be gone forever... It sad to see such a dedicated person has lost the battle but I hope he and his team will come back stronger 5 years later. :) Once again, I am bad with words so I shall end my entry here.


Nava.K said...

People want changes and suppose thats the reason he did not make it.

Zazabong said...

Yes, PP is actually quite a neat place. I've visited it plenty of times before but I didn't know much about its history until the recent elections..

Soh Hong Wei said...

Great post.

My respects to Mr Chiam See Tong!
Thank you, Mr Chiam!! said...

nice post and quite touching :)

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