Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu faced a barrage of concerns on healthcare costs and bed shortages during a dialogue with Jalan Kayu residents on Sunday, when she visited the neighbourhood as part of a series of ministerial community visits.
The 350 residents also raised issues like whether flat values will depreciate now that the Government is moving to make Build-To-Order (BTO) flats cheaper, as well as if it is too "capitalistic" in running the country.
Ms Fu also launched a new initiative, named Progress, which helps residents in Ang Mo Kio GRC and the single-seat ward of Sengkang West in arrears on their service and conservancy charges.
Unemployed residents in arrears will get up to $310 a month from the town council, in return for performing simple inspection tasks around their estate. Sixty per cent of this will go to paying off their arrears, while the rest will be given to them in cash.
Said Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, the MP for the Jalan Kayu division of Ang Mo Kio GRC:"They remain self-reliant while at the same time we extend assistance to them."