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MP Grace Fu chats with elderly in 1st dialect community dialogue

Published on Oct 3, 2012 6:00 AM
Ms Fu (in green blouse) chatting with some of the Yuhua residents who attended the community dialogue conducted in Hokkien at the Jurong East Street 24 market and food centre on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Some 150 elderly aunties and uncles had coffee at the Yuhua hawker centre with their Member of Parliament Grace Fu on Tuesday afternoon.

It was the first community dialogue linked to the Singapore Conversation to be conducted mostly in the Hokkien dialect. It involved residents of Yuhua ward, an ageing Housing Board estate in Jurong East of mostly three- and four-room flats.

They sat with their friends in small groups at the hawker centre and poured out their worries to Ms Fu, who is also a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. She went from table to table to, as she put it in Mandarin, "eavesdrop".

Among the participants was housewife Lim Ang Muay, 76. Madam Lim said in Teochew: "I am not a talkative person and I won't attend official dialogues, but I don't mind having others listening in to my chats with friends, if it helps the Government better understand us."

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