PM's return of sorts to Nee Soon East CC

Children cheering as PM Lee celebrated the reopening of the Nee Soon East Community Club with MPs from the constituency, including Mr Patrick Tay (on PM Lee's right) and Mr K. Shanmugam (right).
Children cheering as PM Lee celebrated the reopening of the Nee Soon East Community Club with MPs from the constituency, including Mr Patrick Tay (on PM Lee's right) and Mr K. Shanmugam (right).ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Nee Soon East residents can now scale an outdoor rock wall or take cooking classes in a modern studio with the reopening of their community club by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

It was a return of sorts for PM Lee, who opened the CC 20 years ago when he was deputy prime minister along with then-MP Ho Peng Kee, who was also at yesterday's event.

Leisure and learning facilities aside, the CC worked with Alexandra Health System and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to roll out wellness programmes, especially for the numerous elderly people in the area.

PM Lee thanked the 1,000- strong crowd for the warm reception. He noted that although MPs might have changed and the ward gone from being single-seat to part of Sembawang and Nee Soon GRCs, "we are still one team, one leadership, one ideal and one result - a successful Nee Soon East and a successful Singapore...

"I hope we can continue to work together for your support... I look forward to visiting you many more times in Nee Soon".

Nee Soon East MP Patrick Tay was at the event with fellow MPs - Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, Health and Transport Parliamentary Secretary Faishal Ibrahim, Dr Lee Bee Wah and Dr Lim Wee Kiak.

With the electoral boundaries report released two weeks ago, Sembawang GRC will take in Nee Soon GRC's Canberra ward, whose MP is Dr Lim.

Nee Soon GRC will take in part of Ang Mo Kio GRC's Kebun Baru ward, whose MP Inderjit Singh is retiring at the next polls.

Mr Henry Kwek, an executive director of a food supply company, has been helping Mr Singh and has been touted as his likely successor.

Yesterday, PM Lee also joined Sengkang West residents and community leaders in putting the finishing touches to a mosaic of a ribbon framing the profile of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The mosaic was formed using NEWater bottles.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2015, with the headline 'PM's return of sorts to Nee Soon East CC'. Print Edition | Subscribe