Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has revealed that the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) fourth-generation (4G) leaders are on track to complete 58 ‘Ministerial Community Walkabouts’ by the end of 2019, in a Facebook post published over the weekend.
DPM Heng, who is expected to become Singapore’s fourth Prime Minister sometime after the next election, is seen as the head of the 4G leaders and has been dubbed the “first among equals” in his cohort.
The Ministerial Community Walkabouts (MCW) have been ongoing since July last year when the 4G leaders began taking more responsibilities in Government and sees a number of the 4G leaders visiting different estates and wards almost every week. Mr Heng said that the aim of the MCWs is to familiarise themselves with residents and understand concerns on the ground.
DPM Heng was joined by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and Nee Soon GRC MP Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim at the latest MCW that took place at Geylang Serai wet market and food centre on Sunday (24 Nov). Sharing photos from the walkabout, the DPM said that the 4G leaders are on track to complete 58 MCWs by the end of the year:
“By the end of the year, we would have completed 58 Ministerial Community Walkabouts (MCWs) since the new 4G format was launched in July last year. Almost every week, a few of us come together to visit a different constituency or estate to meet residents, and also for them to meet us! This has enabled us to get to know residents and understand their concerns better. We will continue to do so in the year ahead.
“Our visit today was hosted by Chuan-Jin, who leads Marine Parade GRC. He’s well recognised in Geylang Serai and many residents I met praised him for his excellent service.
“Geylang Serai’s wet market and food centre is very popular as a food and shopping destination for all Singaporeans. I was happy to meet many Singaporeans who came from all across the island — Bedok Reservoir, Sengkang, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok, Yishun, and of course, my own Tampines ward!”