A Quarterly Publication of Marine Parade Town Council
Our Town @ MICA (P) 030/12/2007
Edition JAN/FEB/MAR 2008
Marine Parade Carnival Goes Cl
n ean & Green! ched
• Clean & Green Awards • Town Council - Lift Upgrading Programme
Best RC, Food & Town Centres Polling at Joo Chiat Road & Joo Seng Road
Inside! & Public Toilets
• New in Your Neighbourhood
Blk 51 Old Aiport Road Re-Opens & New Elderly Care Centre in Eunos
Town Council - Well-known Hawker Centre
LUP Polling at Joo Chiat Road Re-opens for Business
Residents vote in favour of Town Council -
Lift Upgrading Programme Blk 51 Old Airport Road has more seats and new facilities
Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP for Marine under HUP. Seating capacity has been
Joo Chiat residents have given their to pay just a small amount of the cost Parade GRC, ofﬁcially opened the increased to 1,904 with the addition
‘thumbs up’ for the Town Council - Lift – from 5% to 12.5% - depending on the iconic 34-year-old hawker centre on of new dining areas. There is also an
Upgrading Programme for Blocks 3 and type of ﬂats they live in. Construction of 18 November. It has been given a alfresco dining area with 30 umbrella-
4 at the polls held on 27 to 29 October the upgrading is expected to begin in the facelift under the National Environment shaded tables located in the open
2007. Apart from the convenience of a second quarter of 2008 and completion Agency’s Hawker Centres Upgrading plaza. New amenities provided include
lift on every ﬂoor, residents only need is targeted for the ﬁrst quarter of 2009. Programme (HUP). The upgraded a passenger lift, a covered linkway to
two-storey building has 168 cooked the nearby carpark and handicapped-
food stalls and 54 lock-up stalls and friendly facilities.
is one of the largest centres upgraded
Town Council -
Lift Upgrading Programme
at Joo Seng Road New Elderly Care Centre in
The ‘soft launch’ of the latest Town gathered that day to view the details Tembusu Neighbourhood Link (TNL) ofﬁcially opened on 25 November
Council – Lift Upgrading Programme of the upgrading. The polling exercise
took place on 29 December 2007 at Blk was held on 4 to 6 January 2008 at
4A Joo Seng Road. Residents of Blocks Blk 21 Joo Seng Road. Residents can
The new TNL aims to be the focal Crescent. Some of the services
10, 11, 12, 19, 20 (high-rise portion) and look forward to the results later in the
point in the neighbourhood for provided by TNL includes a Food
21 (high-rise portion) of Joo Seng Road month.
community activities and services, Aid and Befriending Programme
particularly for the elderly. The new which provides monthly food
centre was ofﬁcially opened by Dr parcel and befriending service to
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for families in need as well as periodic
Community Development, Youth free community health screenings.
and Sports & Second Minister for
Information, Communications and The centre is managed by
the Arts. Together with Dr Ong Seh Sathya Sai Social Service under
Hong, MP for Marine Parade GRC, the purview of the Ministry of
they toured the centre which is Community Development, Youth
located on the top ﬂoor of Blk 31A, a and Sports.
HDB multi-storey carpark in Eunos
Our MPs Around Town
The last quarter of 2007 saw a busy round of visits and walkabouts by MPs
of Marine Parade Town. They ranged from events and celebrations to physical
inspections of Marine Parade Town environment. They were able to see for
themselves ﬁrst-hand developments in the neighbourhood.
Launch of Hi 5 Campaign
(Right) MP Matthias Yao brought home the
‘keep clean and green’ message to MacPherson
by launching the ‘Hi 5’ environmental campaign
during the MacPherson Edusave Scholarship &
Merit Bursary ceremony on 6 January 2008.
War Against Aedes Campaign
(Top-left) Dr Fatimah Lateef lends her full
support to the poly students’ initiative against
(Top-right) Young children showing their
support for the anti-Aedes drive
in a colouring competition on 2nd
(Bottom row) On the same day, the MP also BRADDELL HEIGHTS
saw the training session of Geylang Serai’s 24th Anniversary for Senior
Safety and Security Watch Group.
(Left) The Braddell Heights Zone B RC
Senior Citizens` Club celebrated their 24
anniversary on 16 December 2007 at Blk
6 Lew Lian Gardens. About 800 guests
and residents turned up for the annual
dinner cum variety show.
Market Visits to Blocks 26 & 511
KG UBI-KEMBANGAN Food & Market Centres
Home and shops’ visits
(Right-above row) MP Dr Muhammad
(Left) Dr Ong Seh Hong gathers Faishal Ibrahim makes the rounds
feedback from residents and shop inspecting Bllk 26 Chai Chee Road.
owners during his regular walkabouts.
(Right-bottom row)The MP gathers
feedback from the residents at Blk
511 Bedok North St 3 food centre.
Town Carnival Goes
Clean and Green!
Residents champion environmental cause with new ‘Hi5’ campaign
is year, c
This ye in conjunction with the national Clean and Green Singapore environmental issues: littering, dengue, personal hygiene, resource
(CGS), Marine Para Town Carnival 2007 joined in the eco-friendly frenzy
Parad conservation (3Rs) and energy conservation.
by organising activiti for residents that promoted a cleaner and greener
o ganising activities
ron Activities included a recyclable items exchange programme called the
Flowerpot Plate Exchange Project where residents brought their recyclables
Guest-of onour Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Members-of-
Guest-of-Honour Se rs
Members-of owerpot plates to exchange for food items and useful collaterals.
Parliament of Marine Parade Town joined hands with residents to promote
a healthier environ
er environment as well as enhance family bonding at the even Ngee Ann P
gee Primary School and residents added some colour to Marine
“Give Me a Hi5” Facts
which was held on 4 November at Blks 34 and 46 Marine Crescent. They Tow with
Parade Town w their ﬂamboyant coloured bins. Using old litterbins, they The word Hi5 represents and highlights the following
also planted seve Ke Dong Dong trees at Blk 34 Marine Crescent.
ee Crescent educational
painted educatio messages onto the bins, giving them a new lease of life.
ed ﬁve messages:
A new campaign with the tagline "Give me a Hi5, for a clean and green
ne "Gi experienced life as a cleaner by taking part in the “Clean-
Residents also ex 1. Stamp Dengue
environment" was launched at the e
t event which was held on 4 November up Our Neighbourhood Chal
Challenge” where they spent a couple of hours
Cha This year, Singapore saw an increase in dengue cases
2007 (see accompanying box stostory). It is an in
initiative by the National cleaning up the estate. with 7,716 cases recorded in the ﬁrst 43 weeks of
Environmental Agency (NEA). T campaign seek to address ﬁve key
nmental NEA). The seeks est- er
5.Guest- Senior Minister G 2007 (as at 29 Oct 2007), compared to 3,126 for 4. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
the whole of 2006. So far, eight deaths have been The high construction and operation costs of Waste-
attributed to dengue. To-Energy incineration plants and the scarcity of land
for landﬁlls have driven home the need for waste
It is imperative to bring across the message that the minimisation and recycling.
war against dengue is a community effort and that
active participation in dengue prevention is vital. In 2006, 5.22 million tonnes of waste were generated.
About 2.66 million tonnes or 51% of the total waste
2. Bin Your Litter were diverted for recycling. Singapore aims to achieve
Singapore’s clean and green image is being eroded a recycling rate of 60% by 2012 to prolong the lifespan
with the rise in public littering, particularly among of Semakau Landﬁll to 50 years.
young people below 30 years old. They seem less
concerned with keeping the environment litter-free 5. Conserve Energy
and do not see littering as a serious problem. Climate change is a very serious environmental
challenge and it is recognised that greenhouse gas
3. Practise Good Personal Hygiene (GHG) emissions, mainly carbon dioxide emissions, are
With the lessons learnt from the 2003 SARS (Severe the cause of global warming and climate change.
Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak and the current
potential threat from Bird Flu, it is vital for each and Singapore aims to mitigate our GHG emissions through
every one of us to uphold good standards of personal energy efﬁciency and conservation measures, as well as
hygiene to prevent transmission of infectious diseases using clean fuels such as natural gas that emit less GHG.
Green Wave Sweeps over Marine Parade A Red Letter Day for
The highlight of the annual Clean and Green campaign is our residents, grassroots organisations and MPs who
Chinese All Over the World
the Tree Planting Day which is held in the constituencies. ofﬁciated at the planting sites after 36 years (since the Chinese New Year, also known as
This event still draws an enthusiastic response from ﬁrst Tree Planting Day was launched) The Spring Festival, brings good fortune for all
MP Dr Fatimah Lateef at Sunny Spring MP Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Condominium on 11 November 2007 at Blk 526 Bedok North St 3 on
18 November 2007 So how do the Chinese prepare for the New Year in Besides cleaning their homes, the Chinese will also go
Singapore? Preparations begin several weeks before the shopping to buy items to decorate their homes. Usually,
actual day. Many households will begin with a thorough you will ﬁnd that many decorate their homes in bright
spring cleaning of their homes. The New Year brings along red ornaments and colourful ﬂowers. The colour Red
good luck and prosperity to all, therefore it is important the symbolises good luck and good fortune. Besides dressing
home is cleaned before Chinese New Year to sweep away up their homes, they often dress in red on Chinese New
all the bad luck of the previous year. Year too!
Food has a major role
Food plays a major role during Chinese New Year. Many people will also spend the ﬁrst day of Chinese New Year
people will buy barbeque minced meat slices, also known playing cards and mah-jong! To add to the festivities, a
as bah kwa; an assortment of new year goodies and lion dance troupe is sometimes hired to perform at their
mandarin oranges. Family gatherings are also centred on homes.
MP Mr Seah Kian Peng food. On the eve of Chinese New Year, many families will
at Kampong Park gather at a relative’s home and have steamboat during This is also an opportune time for you to greet your
on 28 October 2007 their reunion dinner. After the reunion dinner, many will Chinese friends and neighbours, ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai!’
visit Chinatown to bask in the festivities and to pick up last – Congratulations and Be Prosperous!
The ﬁrst day of Chinese New Year is spent visiting family
and friends and everyone will greet each other with well
wishes and mandarin oranges. For the children, the
highlight of family visits is the receiving of red money
packets from adults. Besides eating and drinking, many
Clean & Green Awards and Campaign Launch 2008 is the Year of the Rat
Marine Parade Town’s commitment in keeping its neighbourhoods clean and green
...here is a look at what happens when common corridors and access ways are cluttered with bulky items.
One of the highlights owners was gratefully
of the Marine Parade acknowledged. As stated in
Town Carnival held on 4 the awards’ citations, they Huh!? Ah Seng,
November 2007 was the have shown “the true spirit you should be Kong...just come & Too many things placed
calling the see for yourself la. along the common corridor
presentation of awards to of environmental ownership, you won’t
Town Council. and passageways can be
the cleanest estate and tireless commitment and I won’t be able believe it
town centres. The hard work dedication” in keeping to do anything inconvenient and dangerous as
put in by the constituencies, their environment clean. for you it obstructs the smooth and safe
grassroots organisations, Following are the winners of movement of residents. In case of
residents and business the competition: Kong! emergencies like a ﬁre out-break,
I’m stuck escape routes are blocked and
Cleanest RC Zone in the lift!
I need you to residents can be trapped!
Champions - Marine Terrace Walk RC
come and get So be considerate.
1st runner up - Braddell Heights Zone C RC
me out! Do not obstruct passageways
2nd runner up - Pine Close RC
so everyone can move
Merit – MacPherson Aljunied Crescent Zone 1 RC; Joo
Seng RC, Eunos Village RC and Kaki Bukit Zone D RC
Minutes later... safely and easily.
Cleanest Food Centre
1st – Blk 51 Old Airport Road
2nd – Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2
Cleanest Town/Neighbourhood Centre
1st – Blk 95, 113 to 116 Aljunied Ave 2
2nd – Blk 537 to 538 Bedok North St 3
Cleanest Public Toilet
1st – Blk 511 Bedok North St 3
2nd – Blk 51 Old Airport Rd
3rd – Blk 266 Serangoon Central Drive
Answer the questions below correctly and stand
a chance to win a MPTC umbrella and shoe bag!
1) The Champion for the Cleanest Food Centre 4) Which of the following carnival was held on 4
goes to: November 2007?
A. Blk 511 Bedok North Street 3 A. Mountbatten Town Carnival
B. Blk 51 Old Airport Road B. Marine Parade Town Carnival
C. Blk 10 Pine Close
2) The opening ceremony for Blk 51 Old Airport
Road food centre was held on:
C. MacPherson Town Carnival
5) The Tembusu Neighbourhood Link is located at:
A. Blk 31A Eunos Crescent
A. 18 November 2007 B. Blk 410A Serangoon Ave Central
B. 18 September 2007 C. Blk 8 Joo Seng Road
C. 18 October 2007
3) Where is the new location for Mountbatten’s
A. Blk 4A Jalan Batu
B. Blk 12 Pine Close
C. Blk 51 Old Airport Road
Circle the correct answers and submit the quiz with the ofﬁcial entry form by
1 March 2008 to: Ofﬁcial Entry Form
Marine Parade Town Council
Dear Residents /
Marine Terrace #01-265 Residential Address: __________________________________ With Chinese New Year round the corner, Marine Parade Town Council is aiding your spring-
Singapore 440050 _____________________________________________________
Six winners will be selected and will win a MPTC umbrella and shoe bag each. _____________________________________________________ cleaning by providing FREE Bulky Item Removal Service (for up to 3 items). *This service
Each household is allowed to send in only ONE entry.
Only residents within Marine Parade Town are eligible to participate.
Please bring your identity card for proof of residency when you claim your prize.
NRIC No: _______________ Contact No: _________________ does not include kitchen cabinets, undismantled beds and house moving.
The judges’ decision is ﬁnal and no correspondence will be entertained.
Winners for Oct - Dec 2007 Quiz Please bring along your
Identiﬁcation Card to
1) Jenny Wee Fut Mui SXXXX624I 4) Catherine Teo SXXXX884JF collect your prize from
2) Lee Siow Mong SXXXX752J 5) Kheng Gim Chiang SXXXX601H Marine Parade Town
3) Salamah Bte Jamail SXXXX203C 6) Gerald Tan SXXXX101B Council (Marine Parade
Ofﬁce or Serangoon
Ofﬁce) before 1 March
2008. If you require our service, please call us 3 days in advance (during ofﬁce hours) :
Speakers’ “ I stayed in Serangoon area for the
Corner past decade and life has been pleasant
so far. The estates are kept relatively “ My family and I have lived in Marine
We thank residents for clean and the market area is always Crescent for almost 20 years, and I
their kind contributions! It bustling with people and that adds cannot imagine living any where else!
is heartwarming to hear of much vibrancy and warmth to the There is such a homely feel and a
the things they love about neighbourhood. Moreover, transport is strong community bond between the
Marine Parade Town. We
share some of the residents’
thoughts with you…
convenient and travelling time to town
is short. Great place to stay and I plan to
stay here for as long as I can. “
residents. Although different races live
in the neighbourhood, everyone seems
to know everyone else and nods or
- James Huang waves in greeting, whether we share (Marine Parade / )
a common language or not! I think the
You have great neighbours whom you can’t wait to boast best way to describe this bond is that
about? Or is it the community around you that makes you
feels totally at home? Send in a short paragraph about
the things you love about your neighbourhood or com-
“Thank you MPTC for installing a
Coin Operated Water Dispenser under
“It is like one large happy family, living
under one big roof of Marine Parade,
but in separate ﬂats within the same
munity and stand a chance to win a MYSTERY prize! You Block 824 Eunosville. It is the end of a
nightmare for me and my neighbours.
area!” (Serangoon / )
may mail your stories to - Mr Poonam Kishin M
We used to drive all the way to Block
Blk 50 Marine Terrace, #01-265 Singapore 830 to use the water dispenser there to
440050 wash our car and most of the time the
machine there was out of order!”
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include - Mdm Fatimah Gous
your name and contact number!
MPS Meet-the-People Session
Mr Seah Kian Peng Dr Fatimah Lateef
Venue: Blk 246 Serangoon Avenue 3
#01-216 Venue: Blk 31 Balam Road # 01-03
Date : Every Monday Date : Every ﬁrst Tuesday of the month
Time : From 7:30pm – 9:30om Time : From 8:00pm
Tel : 6281 1050 Tel : 6746 7077
Venue: Blk 15 Joo Seng Road #01-95
Date : Every last Tuesday of the month
Time : From 8:00pm
Tel : 6282 7433
Venue: Blk 9 Haig Road #01-407
Date : Every other Tuesdays of the month
Time : From 8:00pm
KAKI BUKIT Tel : 6742 6019
Venue: Blk 545 Bedok North Street 3
Date : Every Tuesday except for 5th
Tuesday of the month and
Time : From 7:30pm
Tel : 6445 5039
Dr Ong Seh Hong
Venue: Blk 11 Eunos Crescent #01-2737
Date : Every Tuesday except for 5th
Tuesday of the month and Public
MARINE PARADE Time : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Tel : 6745 7469
Goh Chok Tong
Venue: Blk 46 Marine Crescent #01-42
Date : Every Wednesday
Time : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Tel : 6442 6945
Mr Matthias Yao
Venue: Blk 108 Aljunied Crescent #01-36
MOUNTBATTEN Date : 1st and 2nd Monday of the month
Time : From 8:00pm
Mr Lim Biow Chuan
(Please be informed that the venue has been
Tel : 6842 6979
changed to the following) Venue: Blk 53 Pipit Road #01-128
Venue: Blk 51 Old Airport Road #02-01 Date : Other Mondays of the month
Date : Every Tuesday Time : From 8:00pm
Time : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm Tel : 6746 1524
Tel : 6344 7189