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SDP chief receives a deluge of emails from Bukit Batok residents seeking his help with municipal matters

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Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief revealed on Monday (28 Sept) that he received a deluge of emails and messages from Bukit Batok residents in the past few weeks. They are seeking his help with a number of municipal matters in their ward.

Dr Chee, who contested Bukit Batok SMC in the 2016 by-election and the 2020 general election, has been actively walking the ground in Bukit Batok over the past few years. Expressing his intention to re-contest the ward in the next election after the July polls, Dr Chee even launched a grassroots campaign to help Bukit Batok residents.

The SDP secretary-general also invited residents to write to him at a dedicated email address if they need help with any issue.

Dr Chee is so well known for raising issues on behalf of the residents that some of them tag him when they highlight concerns on the Facebook page of the ward’s incumbent MP, the People’s Action Party’s Murali Pillai.

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In a Facebook post published on Monday evening, Dr Chee highlighted some of the issues that residents have brought up to him. One of the residents who wrote to the opposition leader shared that the paint outside his flat was peeling off quite badly. Dr Chee wrote to Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JRTC), which assured the resident that it would rectify the issue.

Another resident, Mdm Lim, emailed Dr Chee to complain about the noise made late at night at the basketball court near Blk 117, which is used by players even after the lights are switched off at 10.30pm. Mdm Lim apparently contacted JRTC and Mr Pillai but has yet to receive a response.

Expressing his willingness to help the town council resolve this issue, Dr Chee said: “JRTC might want to make greater effort in working with all concerned to come to a mutual resolution of the matter. I’d be happy to try to facilitate a meeting with the complainant-resident involved if the TC is interested.”

A few more residents informed Dr Chee that the pedestrian walkway at the flyover that links Bukit Batok to Jurong East is too narrow.

Offering to help connect the town council to the residents, Dr Chee said that one of those who wrote to him said, “It’s extremely dangerous for some elderly who also frequent this route, especially when many cyclists speed through and do not give way to pedestrians.”

Yet another resident told Dr Chee that there were not enough incense-burners around Blk 119 during the 7th-month prayers, forcing residents to go to other areas to do their prayers.

Saying this causes the burners that are available to be continuously be full, Dr Chee commented: “JRTC ought to visit the blocks and speak to residents there to verify the situation and, if necessary, provide more burners in the future.”

He added: “This is just half the matters brought to my attention, I will highlight more in subsequent posts. I’ll be forwarding this post to the TC for its attention.”

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