Dear Residents, 

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and many residents will be doing their annual Spring Cleaning. If you plan to dispose any furniture or bulky items, please do not leave them along the corridor or at the lift lobby. This can be a fire hazard, and cause obstruction when the need to evacuate arises. Call the Town Council to help you (tel: 6758 0129 from Mondays to Fridays, between 8.30am and 5pm) and arrange for the free bulky item removal service. Private estate dwellers should call your estate’s waste collection contractor for help. Let’s keep up the momentum and preserve the cleanliness and beauty in our estate.

Research has shown that doing kind deeds and helping others makes one feel happier. If you’d like to start the year with more happiness and purpose in your life, one good way is to volunteer at our Homework Café, and guide the children from our rental blocks to do their school homework. Education is the most effective way to break out of the poverty cycle. By volunteering a little time each week, you can make a significant difference to the lives of needy families.

Late night activities, feasts and seasonal goodies are part and parcel of celebrating Chinese New Year, but do enjoy in moderation and stay healthy. Ultimately, the spirit of the festivity is about spending time with your loved ones. Keeping in good form will give you energy and cheerfulness to be a pleasant host and a welcomed guest. Take the opportunity to bond with your neighbours; you can visit them, invite them over, gift them goodies, or even explore and enjoy the various festive events and decorations around the neighbourhood together. Non-Chinese residents too would appreciate such friendly gestures, as long as they’re sensitive.

After all the celebrations, this month the Finance Minister will be announcing the Budget for Singapore and we keep our fingers crossed for some good news.

Wishing all happy holidays and a prosperous Chinese New Year!

Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah
MP for Nee Soon GRC
Advisor to Nee Soon South Grassroots Organisations