GE2015: Grace Fu unveils five-year plan for Yuhua

PAP's Yuhua candidate Grace Fu explaining the five-year masterplan to residents.
PAP's Yuhua candidate Grace Fu explaining the five-year masterplan to residents.ST PHOTO: NUR ASYIQIN MOHAMAD SALLEH
Ms Fu greeting commuters at Chinese Garden MRT.
Ms Fu greeting commuters at Chinese Garden MRT.ST PHOTO: NUR ASYIQIN MOHAMAD SALLEH

SINGAPORE - More neighbourhood renewal programmes, lift upgrading and better connectivity between towns through park connectors and cycling paths.

These measures were part of a five-year plan for Yuhua SMC unveiled by People's Action Party candidate Grace Fu on Friday.

The plan had a mix of national projects such as developments in the Jurong Lake District and the Smart Nation pilot, as well as municipal plans such as providing more social and communal amenities.

Said Ms Fu, who is Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Environment and Water Resources: "Down to the precinct level we will also be improving the living environment at the very level that is close to residents' hearts.

"From playgrounds to exercise equipment to pedestrian walkways and cycling tracks - as part of the greenprint, we will also have cycling tracks leading to the MRT station.

"It's really the small improvements that we think will provide good value to our residents."

Local MPs provide value even for national projects as they understand the needs of residents, Ms Fu added.

Asked if the opposition will regard the five-year plan as giving carrots to residents, Ms Fu said: "This greenprint and all that, has been already there for some time. As I said Jurong Lake District is a masterplan that will go forward.

"But the issue really is as the government rolls out commercial developments, who would be the one to represent the residents, to engage agencies... We are the ones who understand the concerns and we have the network to have the dialogue with the people," she said.

"We think that if we are involved, representing the people, it will result in better solutions for everybody."

Ms Fu, the PAP incumbent in the single-member constituency, will face Singapore Democratic Party candidate Jaslyn Go, 43, at the polls.

Asked about the SDP, Ms Fu said the contest "is about what each party could offer to residents".