In Pictures – Chinese New Year celebrations in our heartlands 

30/01/2024

It is officially that time of the year again, with Chinese New Year (CNY) preparations in full swing for many households. Spring cleaning the house, exchanging new notes, stocking up an obscene amount of food and jotting down which NTUC outlets are open over the CNY holidays. And, of course, a trip down Chinatown to take in the festive lights and an anthropomorphic dragon.   

But in addition to all that, our heartlands are also bursting with festive activities. Here’s a quick round-up of what our MPs and activists have been up to as they prepare to usher in the Year of the Dragon with their residents.  

Welcoming the God of Fortune at Nee Soon  

MP Derrick Goh (Nee Soon GRC) unveils the God of Fortune at the Nee Soon Link CNY light-up. Despite a brief downpour, residents remained in high spirits, soaking up the festive atmosphere, said MP Goh. Ahead of the CNY festivities, our team of Nee Soon MPs are making sure that it is a vibrant town with a strong sense of community. Chong Pang, in particular, prides itself as the Chinatown of the North. 

And here is Minister for Law and Home Affairs and fellow Nee Soon GRC MP K. Shanmugam at the annual Chong Pang CNY light up. The highlight? A two-storey tall God of Fortune towering over Chong Pang market bringing festive cheers to the next level.  

Lighting up the neighbourhood at Bukit Gombak 

MP Low Yen Ling (Chua Chu Kang GRC) attends the opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year Light-Up at Bukit Gombak. “Thanks to the dedication of our Bukit Gombak Traders’ Association… for transforming our neighbourhood centre into a lively hub for CNY,” said MP Low. In fact, the multitude of lights in this western enclave might just be giving Chinatown (and Chong Pang) a run for their money.  

Caring for the vulnerable in Mountbatten

MP Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten SMC) at the annual CNY Comcare dinner. “Thanks to the many generous sponsors who gave from the bottom of their hearts,” added MP Lim, who handed out hongbaos, mandarin oranges and care packages to vulnerable members of the Mountbatten community. 

Hosting seniors for lunch at MacPherson 

MP Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson SMC) distributes CNY blessing packs at the MacPherson Welfare Day. Besides lunch, seniors get to enjoy performances and bond with one another. “Our aim is to ensure that they continue to be part of the “action” and know that they are always on our minds,” said MP Tin.  

Distributing Hongbaos for Bukit Batok seniors

Minister Grace Fu joins MP Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC) for one of the many Hongbaos presentation sessions at Bukit Batok. “Aside from the hongbaos, our seniors were also served some yummy treats, received a bag of goodies and had an opportunity to get a fresh haircut for the new year!” shared MP Rahayu. 

Spreading the festive vibes at Toa Payoh East

MP Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC) on a walkabout at the Lorong 8 market and food centre. The excitement is palpable as residents gear up for the celebrations, said MP Saktiandi. “We are also giving out specially designed CNY bags featuring our iconic Toa Payoh East playground. It’s a unique touch to make the season even more special.”  

Collecting CNY Goodies donation at Sengkang

BC Elmie Nekmat and members collect CNY goodies donations for the less privileged within the Sengkang community. Despite being the underdog in this part of town, it has not stopped the PAP team in Sengkang from making a difference, however small. “Thank you to all who had donated…your overwhelming kindness and generosity have helped make Sengkang a kinder place for everyone,” said BC Elmie 

Photo Source: Elmie Nekmat/ Saktiandi Supaat/ Derrick Goh/ Tin Pei Ling/ Rahayu Mahzam/ Lim Biow Chuan/ Low Yen Ling via Facebook