Our Grassroots Adviser
January 2021 Message
Times flies, it has been almost a year since Covid-19 started impacting all of our lives. The wearing of masks, the need to check-in and out of places using SafeEntry as well as limits on group sizes are some ways that 2020 have been vastly different. These measures have been tough on everyone but Singapore has done well thanks to our people’s cooperation. Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back for enduring and adapting through all the changes and the discomforts of the past year!
The economic impact of Covid-19 has also been serious. Many lost their jobs or suffered significant reductions in income levels. There is also anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the economy going forward. I want to assure residents that my team and I will do our utmost to help anyone who is experiencing hardship to get through their difficult times.
Despite the various challenges, I am heartened that the community spirit within Nee Soon and Nee Soon South is still alive. During house visits, I hear stories about how neighbours have looked out for one another. I also witnessed the little acts of kindness that they do for each other. During coffeeshop walkabouts, I see many familiar faces every week which remind me of the Kampung spirit in Nee Soon South and how the strong ties built over the years will see us through any challenges.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Blocks 620 to 631 into our Nee Soon South family. Our HomeTeam NS Khatib clubhouse also opened this year, providing more dining and leisure options for residents. Our CC is also scheduled to begin upgrading works in 2021. Residents in our older blocks can also look forward to the launch of the much-anticipated Home Improvement Programme (HIP). There is much to look forward to, including new arts and culture programs led by an expanded and restructured Culture & Arts Committee.
We enter Phase 3 tomorrow. Families and friends can gather in larger groups of 8 which is timely amidst this festive period. I hope you enjoy the new year festivities with your loved ones. But do remain mindful of restrictions so that we can continue to keep each other safe and well.
On this note, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year. I look forward to meeting more of you, physically or virtually, over the course of 2021. May the new year bring us new opportunities in work and life, as well as kindness and many more friendships to count on. Together we are stronger.