Free TCM care for needy Marsiling folk

Speaker of Parliament and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP, Madam Halimah, distributing cash and vouchers to needy Marsiling residents at a breaking-of-fast session held at Marsiling Community Club yesterday.
Speaker of Parliament and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP, Madam Halimah, distributing cash and vouchers to needy Marsiling residents at a breaking-of-fast session held at Marsiling Community Club yesterday.PHOTO: MARSILING COMMUNITY CLUB

Needy Marsiling residents will soon enjoy free traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment right at a void deck.

The clinic is expected to be set up in the "next few months" at Block 1, Marsiling Drive, and services will be free of charge for needy residents, said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob yesterday evening.

A new seniors' activity centre will also be built at Block 4, Marsiling Drive.

Volunteers from the centre will visit needy seniors in the area who are living on their own, to help assess their needs and offer assistance where necessary.

"We want to provide a more holistic approach to supporting the needy in the area," said Madam Halimah, who is also MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

The projects are aimed at the elderly, who make up a large number of the area's residents, she said.

Madam Halimah was speaking at a breaking-of-fast session at Marsiling Community Club attended by 220 needy Marsiling residents, including those who are unemployed, from families with a monthly household income below $1,700 and who receive public assistance.

They received cash, supermarket vouchers and groceries. They also got free clothes, including the traditional baju kurung and headscarves, donated by volunteers to help them celebrate the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa celebrations.

One of the recipients, Madam Rugayah Abas, said she was very touched by the gifts.

"I have kidney problems and difficulty getting around, so I'm glad that I'm getting help with my daily needs," said the 63-year-old retiree.

Elsewhere, residents of rental flats at Block 26, Sin Ming Industrial Estate, received gifts of porridge yesterday evening.

These were given out by volunteers from the Bishan North Community Centre, Thomson Community Club Malay Activity Executive Committees, and An-Nahdhah Mosque. Residents also had their homes cleaned by youth volunteers.

Helping with the packing and distribution of the porridge was Mr Saktiandi Supaat, an MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2016, with the headline 'Free TCM care for needy Marsiling folk'. Print Edition | Subscribe