Taman Jurong residents attend big National Day bash

SINGAPORE - National Day celebrations at Taman Jurong Community Club were especially big this year with a section of Corporation Drive closed to allow residents to watch stage performances as well as to visit carnival booths and exhibitions.

At least 5,000 people attended the event on Friday. As part of the PAssionArts Festival run by the People's Association, an arts village was also set up in the community club featuring craft activities and light installations.

One resident, Madam Rose Peh, a 59-year-old part-time sales promoter, attended the heartland celebrations for the first time this year, despite living in the neighbourhood for the last three decades.

Said Madam Peh: "This is the first time I had the time to attend and I came down especially also because it is SG50. It is not ever year that the atmosphere is this lively."

At the celebrations event, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam highlighted Singapore's transformation through the decades and the qualities which embody the Singapore spirit today - multiracialism as well as constantly striving for excellence and improvement.

Mr Shanmugaratnam, who is MP for Jurong GRC, also mentioned some upcoming developments in the west including plans for a new dialysis centre in Jurong West, three more childcare centres in Taman Jurong by next January and a new senior senior activity centre soon.

Mr Jerry Poh, a 31-year-old property agent, is glad to have more facilities in the area. He lives in Taman Jurong with his wife and three children who are between two and seven years old

Said Mr Poh: "More facilities are helpful, they must look after the community. Those related to children will be quite relevant to me now and I'm sure the senior activity centre will help others."