Small but loud crowd roots for Cedric Foo at Pioneer SMC

Posted on 30 April 2011

Speakers emphasise the PAP’s constant presence in the constituency, questions Opposition’s commitment.

By Grace Chew


SUPPORTERS shared the limelight from the Ministers of Parliament yesterday night at the Pioneer Single Member Constituency rally by the People’s Action Party (PAP).

Cries of “PAP huat ah!”, “PAP Cedric Foo”, “Cedric Foo we love you!” and many other permutations of cheers were sounded by party activists and grassroots leaders, mostly in their 50s and 60s, together with deafening whistles whenever the Ministers asked for response from the roughly 500-strong crowd.

Many supporters sang his praises at the rally. The Indian emcee noted his contributions in the Pioneer Indian Activities Executive Committee (IAEC): “Cedric has done a lot to promote the Indian community through various cultural activities.
He takes part in various Frontier CC and IAEC activities, and even recognizes most of them by face and by name!”

The emcee added that Cedric has drafted letters to the authorities for quality Tamil classes and tuition. “He’s an ardent believer in bringing quality education,” she said.

“In the past, no one would want to live in Jurong. Now it’s a thing of the past. Pioneer has transformed!” said Foo, the ward’s incumbent for 10 years.

Foo mentioned the various facilities as evidence of his decade-long track record: From a “wasted land” to a place where “flats are in hot demand” with Jurong Point 1 and 2; Pioneer MRT; SAFRA Club; Jurong Medical Centre and resident centres. He has also organised 6500 activities for the residents with grassroots leaders, to build the “cohesive and warm community” of Pioneer.

“What warmed me are the sessions we have with the needy people every Monday night over 500 weeks. We have written 2500 letters to help them. We take one family at a time, and do all we can to help them because they’re part of Pioneer!” he said, to a rousing round of applause from a crowd.

In addition to the various cultural activities and facilities he had pushed for, Foo also talked about the influx of foreign workers in the area, a worry bugging most Pioneer residents. He said, “I went to foreign workers’ living quarters to understand the situation.”

He mentioned about building a place of their own – a five-million dollar recreation centre, and successfully seeking permission from the authorities to allow beer to be sold inside their dormitories.

“This election will decide our future. Will we end up being divided by politics? Will people say, Singapore’s decline was since the 2011 elections?” – Cedric Foo

Dangling the carrot for voters, he said that closed-circuit television will be installed at every void deck, and posters put up in a variety of languages to advise foreign workers on appropriate behaviours. He also promised more childcare centres and a new primary school.

In comparison, he said that the Opposition have no concrete action. He asked, “How many outings have the Opposition had with you? How many wakes did the Opposition attend? In the 5 years that they were here, where have they volunteered?” and to that question, the crowd fervently replied “Zero! Kosong! Toilet!” with one even replying they “play marbles!”

West Coast GRC members Lawrence Wong, Foo Mee Har and Arthur Fong were also present at the rally to support Foo. They urged residents to re-elect Mr Foo, who is facing a challenge from National Solidarity Party’s (NSP) Steve Chia.

To the wonderment of the crowd, Mr Arthur Fong spoke in Cantonese about Foo, his “good friend and comrade”.

“I have seen Foo’s hard work in the last 10 years, and I hope you would vote for him!”

More seriously, Foo, a banker, spoke of the Government’s success in steering Singapore through the recent financial turmoil. She advised the crowd to vote for the government they trusted and could get the nation through tough times.

As the former Energy Market and Authority (EMA) chief, Wong observed that many top firms like Shell and ExxonMobil have chosen to invest in Singapore due to her political stability, creating job opportunities for Singaporeans.

Singapore’s health-care system was internationally recognised, he added, evident during the World Health Congross in Paris when global health-care leaders approached him.

“They knew about Medicare, Medishield and Medifund, and they knew our health-care system worked and theirs didn’t,” He said.

He talked about a 70-year-old woman whom he met recently. She declared that she would only vote for the PAP, as she could always seek subsidised medical treatment from polyclinics and hospitals.

Mr Wong then asked the crowd, “Which other government in the world serves its people like the PAP does?”

He added, “This election will decide our future. Will we end up being divided by politics? Will people say, Singapore’s decline was since the 2011 elections? Think carefully before you vote, and choose the party that represents Peace and Prosperity.”

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