Fruitful end to the year for Sengkang

Residents at the Sengkang South Family Day Carnival beside Sengkang Green Primary School yesterday. In the evening, there was a fruit-tasting event, where the Sengkang South Food Relief Programme was also launched.
Residents at the Sengkang South Family Day Carnival beside Sengkang Green Primary School yesterday. In the evening, there was a fruit-tasting event, where the Sengkang South Food Relief Programme was also launched.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Some Sengkang residents may have had to hold their noses last night as the pungent smell of durians filled the air, but 2,500 of them were more than happy to feast on the king of fruits.

They ate about 6,000 durians and other fruits at the Fruits Fiesta, organised by grassroots leaders from Ang Mo Kio GRC's Sengkang South division.

One happy resident was teacher Mak Soon May, 36, who came with her husband, parents and two children. "It's a really good deal because the organisers provide dinner too. And the kids don't eat durian so we can have their share," she quipped.

Each person paid just $2, as most of the cost was sponsored.

Yesterday also saw the launch of an enhanced food ration programme for needy residents in the area by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC.

The area was part of the Sengkang West single-member constituency before the Sept 11 General Election, but now comes under Ang Mo Kio GRC.

The programme now has eight community partners sponsoring food items such as rice, sugar and Milo, compared with three previously.

One recipient, Ms Meera Taj Mohamed, 53, said she was grateful that she could have six months of food rations and a chance for further supplies if necessary.

The former masseuse, who had to leave her job due to health problems, said: "It helps to keep me going."

Mr Lee said the event was a good opportunity to "celebrate a busy and meaningful year".

He told residents: "Thanks for making this a special place and for having made this a special SG50 year, and also your support during the election campaign, without which we could not have enjoyed such a good result."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2015, with the headline 'Fruitful end to the year for Sengkang'. Print Edition | Subscribe