Visiting residents on Pulau Ubin

Fazli, myself and a few friends and supporters visited Pulau Ubin on Saturday. According to residents on the island, there are only about 30 or so families left there. Despite this, we decided that since Ubin falls within the boundaries of East Coast GRC, it would be important to pay a visit to the island to meet the residents there. After all, every resident counts.

Pulau Ubin (photo: WP Facebook)

(Photo: Workers’ Party Facebook. More photos here.)

Fazli, myself and a few friends and supporters visited Pulau Ubin on Saturday. According to residents on the island, there are only about 30 or so families left there. Despite this, we decided that since Ubin falls within the boundaries of East Coast GRC, it would be important to pay a visit to the island to meet the residents there. After all, every resident counts.

We were glad we made the trip. It was our first trip there wearing Workers’ Party uniforms, although the WP’s East Coast GRC team in the 2006 Elections also paid a visit to the island then.

It was interesting seeing another side of Ubin. We rented bikes and went off from the tourist trail to visit the residents in their homes. The residents were all very friendly and welcoming. Most expressed surprise and gladness that political party representatives had bothered to make the trip to visit them. According to all the residents we asked, the candidates from a certain other political party had not visited them.

Residents lived very simply. We were surprised to learn that their homes do not have electricity or piped water. They had their own diesel generators which they only used at night; and water was collected from wells which they dug themselves. One resident told us that the government had promised them years ago that they would be provided electricity and water, but this has yet to happen. Unsurprisingly, many residents are moving back to the mainland.

After spending a few hours navigating around the island and talking to residents, we made our way back to the mainland to complete our house visits at Jalan Mariam.

14 thoughts on “Visiting residents on Pulau Ubin”

  1. Hi Gerald,

    Great! It shows the WP cares.

    Are you standing at EC? Looking forward to the WP Team challenging PAP here. I am a Simei resident. You guys should also visit Simei, preferably during weekends and night time.
    The last time Eric came, it was on a weekday afternoon. The timing is not right.

    I think it is important for the residents to meet up with your team and have an idea who you guys are.

    Keep up the good job.
    Good Luck!

  2. Hi Jason,

    Thanks for your comment. WP is definitely contesting EC. I’m sorry we weren’t able to catch you when you were home. We have been conducting house visits in the area almost every week for the past 3 years, but there are over 330 HDB blocks in EC, not counting the landed properties. So unfortunately we have to conduct some visits during the daytime in order to complete all the blocks.

    Perhaps if you email me your mobile, I will drop you an SMS the next time we are visiting your area. My email is gerald.giam at gmail.

  3. Hi Gerald,

    This is interesting, really going the extra mile for your electorate. Will you be touching on how to improve their standards of living since it is only 30 of them? By the way, there are some dangerous tracks there which were venues of cycling deaths. Will that be looked into too?

    Ganbatte!

  4. Though i do not stay in any of the SMS or GRCs that WP is contesting, I’m looking forward to attending your rallies when they come. Just like during the last election, I believe WP’s rallies this year will be engaging and thought-provoking.
    Keep up the good work and may WP win more seats for the next Parliament!

  5. Hi Gerald,

    Am living in EC and am glad to hear WP will be contesting in my ward! I want to see change in SG in my lifetime, and I’ll be walking that talk with my vote.

    Hope to see you guys around, would love to meet you and shake your hand. I take my hat off to those who have the gumption to make a stand when there is something terribly wrong in this coountry.

    It really gives me hope that the WP has a heart for the ordinary people like myself — a PMET who wants to get married and buy a flat but can’t because my wages haven’t increased and the HDB prices are astronomical.

    My family stands behind the party that would fight for the common man, who knows that a citizen means a citizen!

  6. Hi Gerald,

    We recond that PAP foundation in Singapore is too solid, it is not easy to come in, guess most of us know it, but somehow we still want to support the opposition, because i feel that 1 rulling party to run a country is always never be good enough,
    true enough that so many new rule and terms just pass through without even seeking approval by other’s, minister pay rise, Car COE rise, public transport fare rise, HDB pirce rise, Car price rise, and etc…etc…
    but you people going into the opposition for some reason, i believe it is to fight for we fellows Singaporean, am i right to say that,
    if you are one that want to help the fellow SP, be well prepare on all the speech during the rally, do not talk COCK,
    act like the American way, have a manager to plan all the speech for the candidate,
    Singapore politic seem to me still very far from the rest, by right , we are all smart people, but is this so, check it out , my friend.

    Lee David
    SengKang Boy

  7. Hi Gerald,

    I live in EC, on Bedok North Street 1 for the past 32 years. I believe one of your volunteers visited us 2 weeks ago.

    Can you let me know the schedule when your team is making a visit to the bedok town centre area, FYI today is only the 1st time I saw my incumbent MP in the flesh since the last election.

    Can you also perhaps tell us about your plans to enhance the community spirit in EC GRC. I grew up here studied here , served my NS in changi area as well. There used to be a pride being an easterner , I sensed that this spirit has been lost over the past 10 years.

  8. Hi Gerald,

    I can see much improvement in the WR candidate this term, much fate towards them now, hope god bless WP Victory, and add more hammers in the parliament and hammer them right.

  9. Hi Gerald,

    Congratulations on the good showing of the EC Team.

    I hope your team would continue to work in EC. With the success in Aljunied, I believe you stand a very good chance here and I am looking forward to your success in 5 years’ time.

    My family resides in Simei since 1988 and we had always voted for WP since Dr Tan Bin Seng’s time. We know there are very strong support for WP here.

    Do keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Jason

  10. Do you think it will be better if Mr Low Thia Khiang is there with you, so that the residents will better recognize you from WP?

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