(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.
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