Dear Residents of the South East District,

A Very Happy 2019! We welcomed the new year with the Official Opening of Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS) — where our South East CDC office is now located — by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 26 January. At WGS, we are co-located with many different partners from the government and non-government sectors. This provides opportunities for us to collaborate and co-create new and innovative programmes to meet the emerging needs of our residents. In the last seven months since we started operations in WGS, South East CDC has organised three major national level programmes – a learning festival “Celebrating Knowledge@South East”, the Law Awareness Weeks and NEA’s Clean and Green Singapore Carnival. 

We will also continue to work with our corporate partners and explore new areas of cooperation like the use of technology and its implications on our residents. For example, we are happy that many corporates have stepped forward and encouraged their young and IT-savvy employees to guide our seniors in using their mobile devices through our ‘Digital Clinics’. This has proven to be very popular, with many seniors returning for more sessions as they want to remain relevant and connected to their friends  and loved ones through social media.

As we continue to ensure the well-being of our seniors, we are mindful that some continue to face challenges as they advance in age. We are concerned by the sight of elderly who are past 70 years old and still working as cleaners or collecting cardboard and selling tissue paper. To reach out to these elderly more systematically and understand their needs, we will embark on the qualitative research project, Project Silver Collars, and involve our youths as we build the bridge across the two generations. We welcome you to join us in this journey of exploration as  we connect with our elderly in the district. 

2019 promises to be exciting and fulfilling as we breakdown boundaries, expand our imagination and explore new horizons. We look forward to partnering you in the process. 

Dr Maliki Osman
Mayor, South East District
Grassroots Adviser to East Coast GRC GROs
And MP for East Coast GRC