Let’s face it – December has to be one of our favourite months. The dazzling lights in Orchard, now in its 40th year, continue to be a beloved tradition. There is also the countdown to Christmas and New Year, which even a Grinch would acknowledge as two public holidays (in quick succession). As the air thickens with festivities, our MPs continue to make their rounds, spreading joy, love and care to their residents.
Christmas fever hits Tiong Bahru
“Every year, we try to make the year-end a special time for our residents,” shared Minister and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah. Besides a carnival complete with pop-up stalls, live music and a carousel, the festive lights on display are giving the ones downtown a run for their money. From Seng Poh Road to Kim Pong Park, Duxton Plain and Craig Road, we have created a series of #instagrammable spots, noted Minister Indranee. And just like that, our heartlands are not only liveable but Instagrammable as well.
Pre-schoolers takes centre stage at Jalan Kayu
According to MP Ng Ling Ling (Ang Mo Kio GRC), the Christmas mood is permeating her constituency bit by bit. Besides going on a walkabout to spread festive cheers to her residents, she also joined a Christmas party with pre-schoolers. “Thanks to the supportive principal, teachers and parents of My First Skool, we had many families joining us for a night of games and performances. Glad that everyone had a good time together!” noted MP Ng.
Welcoming the spirit of Active Aging at Kebun Baru
The holiday season is not just for the young, as seniors welcomed the spirit of active ageing and explored new interests at a carnival. “From exciting boccia and floor-curling matches to the thrill of e-sports, our seniors proved that age is just a number,” remarked MP Mr Henry Kwek (Kebun Baru SMC). Slowly but surely, we can foster an age-friendly and inclusive community together.
It’s Back-to-School at Teban Vista
It’s back to school for the young ones, except that it’s actually a party with plenty of food, games and a magic show. In addition, it was great to see neighbours bringing pre-loved textbooks to share and exchange with others, noted MP Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC). And with that, not only are we one step closer towards a zero-waste Singapore, but we can also help ease the cost-of-living pressure for many parents.
Celebrating the joy of giving at Marsiling
Christmas came early with the Marsiling Christmas Gift of Love, shared MP Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC). Jointly organised by the Marsiling PAP Community Foundation and New Creation Church, over 1,500 residents received supermarket vouchers to help them through these difficult times. On top of that, residents indulged in the spirit of joy while immersing themselves in Christmas carols and dance performances, noted MP Zaqy.
Spreading festive joy at Radin Mas
MP Mr Melvin Yong (Radin Mas SMC) is keen to spread the festive joy to all his residents. Besides leading a group of volunteers to distribute care packs to needy families, he also organised a special excursion for our seniors. “Partnering with Sarah Active Aging Centre, we hosted more than 80 seniors to a Christmas-themed dinner before heading off to Orchard Road to view the annual Christmas lights and decorations,” shared MP Yong.
At its core, Christmas is a religious holiday. But for our MPs, it is also a time for giving, doing good and looking out for one another at a time when loneliness is exacerbated, and financial pressure gets higher. And for that, Singaporeans can feel heartened to have MPs that care.
Photo Source: ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO/ Indranee Rajah/ Foo Mee Har/ Henry Kwek/ Ng Ling Ling/ Melvin Yong/ Zaqy Mohamad via Facebook