Ministers visit essential service workers on first day of Chinese New Year

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong greeting National University Hospital (NUH) staff during a visit with his wife on Feb 8, 2016.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong greeting National University Hospital (NUH) staff during a visit with his wife on Feb 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and his wife greeting a patient at National University Hospital (NUH) on Feb 8, 2016.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and his wife greeting a patient at National University Hospital (NUH) on Feb 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (second from left) and his wife (far left) passing angbaos and oranges to Krislyn Chia, 39, and her son Aiden Han, six, who was warded for a toe infection at NUH on Feb 8, 2016.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (second from left) and his wife (far left) passing angbaos and oranges to Krislyn Chia, 39, and her son Aiden Han, six, who was warded for a toe infection at NUH on Feb 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (centre) and his wife (second from right), along with several staff from NUH, Lo Hei on Feb 8, 2016.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (centre) and his wife (second from right), along with several staff from NUH, Lo Hei on Feb 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
National Trades Union Congress' Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing meeting workers at Tuas Incinerator on the first day of Chinese New Year.
National Trades Union Congress' Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing meeting workers at Tuas Incinerator on the first day of Chinese New Year.PHOTO: CHAN CHUN SING/ FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Some ministers began their Chinese New Year even before dawn on Monday (Feb 8), visiting essential service workers around Singapore and presenting them with oranges and hongbao.

The workers were also greeted with well-wishes by the ministers, who conveyed their appreciation to them for working on the public holiday.

National Trades Union Congress' Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing was at Tuas Power, Tuas Incinerator, Singapore Power and the Energy Market Authority.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Chan, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's office, said: "It's with ease that we flick a switch to turn the electricity on/off but behind the scenes we have teams of workers who power up Singapore."

Mr Chan also visited bus captains at Kranji bus depot, together with Senior Minister of State for transport Josephine Teo.

In his post, Mr Chan also thanked the "many more workers who work behind the scenes to keep Singapore going".

Mrs Teo posted a video of their visit. She wrote: "430am in the morning, just when most Singaporeans are still in bed, or getting ready for the day's visiting, the SMRT bus captains, engineering team and their management were already up and about, getting ready for the first passenger trip."

Minister of State for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat posted photos of his visit to Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp as well.

Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong, meanwhile, visited the National University Hospital.

He walked around several wards, greeting nurses, doctors, staff and patients as he handed out oranges and hongbao.

Mr Gan later led some staff in tossing lo hei at a staff lounge.

Assistant nurse clinician Lau Shi 'En Joanna, 30, who was on duty in a ward Mr Gan visited said: "I am very grateful that the minister has come down to visit the nurses and everyone who's working today."

"I feel motivated by his visit to work over the festive period," she added.