Meeting up with Bedok residents

I had a good discussion over kopi with a few Bedok residents near the Blk 58 Bedok Market and Food Centre this morning. A larger-than-expected group of about 10 residents joined the discussion. Also present was Mohd Fazli, my fellow East Coast GRC candidate during the last elections.

I had a good discussion over kopi with a few Bedok residents near the Blk 58 Bedok Market and Food Centre this morning. A larger-than-expected group of about 10 residents joined the discussion. Also present was Mohd Fazli, my fellow East Coast GRC candidate during the last elections.
We discussed various local and national issues. Some were unhappy with the overcrowded feeder buses to Bedok interchange, even during the early hours of the morning. As many of them were in their 60s or older, they were disappointed that fare concessions for the elderly did not kick in until later in the morning, even though many elderly workers (esp cleaners) had to take public transport to get to work. On the issue of healthcare, they lamented that despite paying so much in Medishield insurance coverage, there were often unable to make any claims when they had to undergo treatment because of the high deductibles and co-insurance payments required.
It was a very fruitful and enjoyable session. I noted down a lot of feedback which I will study further and raise in Parliament where appropriate. I hope to have many more of such discussions in the future.
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Do you live in Bedok, Fengshan, Simei or Changi? Do contact me if you’d like me to come down to meet you and your friends/neighbours over drinks at a kopitiam near your place. My email is gerald.giam@wp.sg.

I had a good discussion over drinks with a few Bedok residents near the Blk 58 Bedok Market and Food Centre this morning. A larger-than-expected group of about 10 residents joined the discussion. Also present was Mohd Fazli, my fellow East Coast GRC candidate during the last elections.

We discussed various local and national issues. Some were unhappy with the overcrowded feeder buses to Bedok interchange, even during the early hours of the morning. As many of them were in their 60s or older, they were disappointed that fare concessions for the elderly did not kick in until later in the morning, even though many elderly workers (esp cleaners) had to take public transport to get to work. On the issue of healthcare, they lamented that despite paying so much in Medishield insurance coverage, there were often unable to make any claims when they had to undergo treatment because of the high deductibles and co-insurance payments required.

It was a very fruitful and enjoyable session. I noted down a lot of feedback which I will study further and raise in Parliament where appropriate. I hope to have many more of such discussions in the future.

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Do you live in Bedok, Fengshan, Simei or Changi areas? Do contact me if you’d like me to come down to meet you and your friends/neighbours over drinks at a kopitiam near your place. My email is gerald.giam {at} wp.sg.

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6 thoughts on “Meeting up with Bedok residents”

  1. Hi Gerald,

    No doubt your role as NCMP is pretty high time-commitment. Keep up the good work. Appreciate what you are doing in keeping the ‘democratic’ movement going.

    Cheers

    Daniel Lee

  2. Dear WP,

    Perhaps the time has come for WP to endorse one of the 4 presidential candidates. You need a president who is not attached to the current ruling party. A neutral president will benefit Singapore and the Workers Pary. The ruling party has expressed their preference for TT.

    WP, please come out of your shell and make a stand. Spore needs you.

  3. The WP have stated in their 2011 manifesto that they are against the concept of an elected presidency with custodial powers. It would be inconsistent with this stance if they are to endorse any of the candidates.

  4. I am a Bedok Resident. I think the overcrowding of the feeder bus occurs mainly during the early hours of morning (Before and around 7.30 am). This is due mainly to the surrounding neighbourhood schools. The working adults will need to compete with school children for the same feeder bus service. Perhaps, SBS transit could utilize double decker bus to increase the bus capacity during these peak hours.

  5. Medishield insurance coverage could cover from the 1st dollar up if the insured buy the deductible and co-insurance riders. I think what the government can do is to top up the medisave accounts of all these people whenever there is a budget surplus
    Medishield insurance coverage, there were often unable to make any claims when

  6. Medishield insurance coverage could cover from the 1st dollar up if the insured buy the deductible and co-insurance riders. I think what the government can do is to top up the medisave accounts of all these people whenever there is a budget surplus

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