Meet the People Session

Posted on: June 25, 2007

It was a very long day indeed. WISP at 8am, ITI at 10am. Then I had a break in library until 5pm before going for the OCBC Career Talk. After the talk, Benson took Guan Hong, Xhi Ween and me to 535, Hougang Street 52.

It was a tortuous ride… The traffic was slow, the driver was slow. It took about an hour and a half from Ngee Ann Polytechnic to Hougang. Xhi Ween and I, who stay in Bukit Panjang, kept asking Benson how he tolerated that ride daily…

We were going to attend a Meet The People Session. Mr Sonny took us and Joseph around and showed us how the Session is held. We also met Mr Teo Ser Luck, one of the Post-65 Ministers and 6 Member of Parliament representing the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. He is also the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports. He sure is young!

Mr Sonny assigned each of us to a writer. A writer listens to the residents’ problems, writes a letter on the MP’s behalf to assist in their problems. We shared about the few cases we heard during our short stay. It was nothing amazing to me because I knew Singaporeans have problems somehow, everyone in any country have problems…

It’s interesting though that some residents actually think a MP’s letter can do wonders. I guess it’s a misconception that has to be changed and accepted. A MP’s letter will only raise your case but it doesn’t guarantee a solution.

When the MP’s letter didn’t solve your problem, that’s because there are rules and regulations to abide. A MP’s letter would not allow the statutory boards to make special exceptions for us. We have to understand that it’s not the MP or government isn’t helping but their hands are tied too…

Attending the MPS was quite an experience. It brought back my interest of serving the community and politics. Mr Teo was an Accountancy graduate from NTU and he’s now a Minister. An accountant can get into politics, I can be a politician if I do well… Maybe I will be a Post-85 Minister… I have to wake up my idea, get the facts right before going against policies for the sake of it…

After MPS ended, Joseph, Xhi Ween and I made our way back. We tried very hard before finally getting to Hougang MRT where the train didn’t come for 15 minutes when the display showed 4. Xhi Ween and I got home slightly before 12am… Hougang is such a faraway and inaccessible place from Bukit Panjang and Ngee Ann Polytechnic…


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