Needy Marsiling residents to receive free TCM treatment

Speaker for Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob distributing cash and vouchers to needy Marsiling residents at a fast-breaking session at Marsiling Community Club on June 12, 2016.
Speaker for Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob distributing cash and vouchers to needy Marsiling residents at a fast-breaking session at Marsiling Community Club on June 12, 2016.PHOTO: MARSILING COMMUNITY CLUB

SINGAPORE - Needy Marsiling residents will soon enjoy free traditional Chinese medicine treatment right at their 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 Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

She added that the two projects were aimed at seniors, who make up a large number of the area's residents.

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

They received cash, supermarket vouchers, and groceries. The residents 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 also received gifts of porridge yesterday evening (June 12).

These were given out to them by volunteers from the Bishan North Community Centre, Thomson Community Club Malay Activity Executive Committees, and An-Nahdhah Mosque.

Residents were also treated to free house cleaning by youth volunteers.

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