Singapore — Opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) leader Chee Soon Juan has been, in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, distributing mooncakes to residents in Bukit Batok.
The initiative has been much appreciated, with people noting that he was doing a great job serving the residents although he was not the MP.
Dr Chee and an SDP team were at the Block 155 coffeeshop on Sunday morning (Sept 27) to distribute the mooncakes. They “shared in the joy of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with the residents”, wrote Dr Chee in a Facebook post.
He included a video of himself and the team going around the area, baskets in hand, sharing mooncakes with residents.
There have been more than 2,300 reactions and 240 comments on the post, with many people extending best wishes to Dr Chee and the SDP team.
“I really take my hat off of Dr Chee,” said Facebook user Huang Haoming. “He did a great job to BB residents despite not being their voice.” Others agreed and confirmed Dr Chee has been serving the residents “wholeheartedly” and compared it to the performance of other MPs.
“We know who are sincere and serving the residents with compassion, and one cannot fake sincerity and compassion,” commented Facebook user Yi Jing Tan, who observed that Dr Chee and Dr Paul Tambyah have been “working tirelessly” in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang, respectively.
Although losing the battle for the Single-Member Constituency with the People’s Action Party’s Murali Pillai in this year’s elections, Dr Chee has continued to serve the residents of Bukit Batok. He has highlighted concerns, such as the lack of pedestrian pavements or the lack of study areas in the Bukit Batok Community Club.
In a more recent post on Monday (Sept 28), Dr Chee noted that he had received “a rash of emails and messages in the last couple of weeks from residents over a range of municipal issues”. He mentioned a few, like the lack of incense burners for Seventh Month prayers, noise levels at night, and a canvas being used to cover a construction site but posing a risk to road safety.
“This is just half the matters brought to my attention, I will highlight more in subsequent posts,” said Dr Chee. “I’ll be forwarding this post to the Town Council for its attention,” he added.