Thousands turn up to watch PM Lee open new Punggol 21 community club

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulating Punggol North Advisor and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris- Punggol Penny Low on the opening of the Punggol 21 Community Club on Sunday night. Also at the opening ceremony was Deputy Prime Minister and
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulating Punggol North Advisor and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris- Punggol Penny Low on the opening of the Punggol 21 Community Club on Sunday night. Also at the opening ceremony was Deputy Prime Minister and Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC MP Teo Chee Hean (left, partially out of picture). -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
The Punggol 21 Community Club was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday night. The four-storey building features a Singpost branch, a Housing Board branch office, a McDonald's outlet and mural walls made up of tiles designed and drawn by
The Punggol 21 Community Club was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday night. The four-storey building features a Singpost branch, a Housing Board branch office, a McDonald's outlet and mural walls made up of tiles designed and drawn by Punggol residents. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened Punggol 21 Community Club on Sunday, to the delight of Punggol residents who packed the floors of the CC on its opening night.

The Punggol 21 CC along Punggol Field will serve residents of Punggol North with facilities such as a SingPost branch, a HDB branch office and a McDonald's fast food restaurant.

More than 3,000 Punggol North residents and grassroots leaders, along with Punggol North Advisor and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris- Punggol Penny Low were in attendance.

Mr Lee praised Ms Low and her team for helping to build the area to what it is today.

"I'll like to congratulate Penny Low and her team of grassroot leaders who have worked very hard to make this a success. Penny has been here now 14 years since 2001, and some of her grassroot leaders have been with her from the beginning, also 14 years and working away," he said.

"They started from scratch. It was a brand-new town - they had to set up everything:, the RCs, the network, the facilities; not enough buses, not enough childcare, not enough schools - so many problems. But they worked at it year after year, and consistently, and I think they have got it more or less arriving now."

A permanent fixture of the CC are mural walls made up of 10,000 tiles designed and drawn by Punggol residents.

The CC is also the first one in Singapore  to be awarded a Greenmark Gold Plus for its eco-friendly features such as the use of natural ventilation and motion sensors that automatically turn down power supply when not in use.