New town council code puts spotlight on volunteers

Dr Lee Nai Jia is projects committee chairman of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council and has a background in urban planning and real estate consultancy.
Dr Lee Nai Jia is projects committee chairman of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council and has a background in urban planning and real estate consultancy.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Mr Louis Tay (left) and Mr Ong Han Cheong have served in the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council for almost 10 years. Given the shortage of qualified volunteers, they have been rotated among several committees. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Mr Louis Tay (left) and Mr Ong Han Cheong have served in the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council for almost 10 years. Given the shortage of qualified volunteers, they have been rotated among several committees. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Rising demand for those with relevant skills and experience to meet code's requirements

Dr Lee Nai Jia is a man in demand.

The 43-year-old projects committee chairman of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council is head of research at Knight Frank by day. Volunteers with specific skills like Dr Lee, whose background is in urban planning and real estate consultancy, will be much needed when the new town council code of governance kicks in. The code was announced by the Ministry of National Development (MND) on Wednesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline 'New town council code puts spotlight on volunteers'. Print Edition | Subscribe