GE2015: SPP's Ravi Philemon pledges to hold three MPS weekly, lobby for bus services

Singapore People's Party candidate Ravi Philemon (standing) greeting people during a walkabout in Bukit Batok on Sept 1, 2015.
Singapore People's Party candidate Ravi Philemon (standing) greeting people during a walkabout in Bukit Batok on Sept 1, 2015.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WE

SINGAPORE - Hong Kah North SMC candidate Ravi Philemon has pledged to hold three Meet the People sessions (MPS) each week if elected.

Unveiling his election manifesto at Block 424 Bukit Batok West Avenue 2 on Thursday, the Singapore People's Party candidate promised to be a full-time Member of Parliament.

He said he would hold two MPS in Gombak and one in Jurong West each week.

The 47-year-old blogger is challenging PAP incumbent Amy Khor in the single-seat ward, which has 28,131 voters.

"I promise to be accessible to my residents and voters all the time," he said, adding that his personal e-mail and phone number is on his collateral.

Among other things, he said he would lobby for more bus services and top-up the lease of older flats built in the 1980s by 30 years, so residents have a greater sense of security.

On public transport, he cited how residents are stuck when the train breaks down as bus services are linked to MRT stations.

The City Direct service 651, which makes two trips to the city during the morning and evening peak hours, is not enough, he said.

Mr Philemon also said he would "put Singaporeans first in everything", such as by pushing for them to have first priority for jobs, and lobbying for unemployment insurance.

He said: "It's important for us to be here because there are some unique problems in Hong Kah North, and you can't appreciate it unless you are on the ground."