Bedok Reservoir Ramp Opens 7 Years After It Was First Mooted, Claims WP Chief

With the increasing number of elderly people in Singapore, amenities like access ramps have become a necessity in some estates.

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However, one such access ramp in the opposition ward of Aljunied took a whopping 7 years to complete after the project was mooted.

On Tuesday (15 Oct), Workers’ Party (WP) leader Pritam Singh took to Facebook, announcing the opening of the ramp, at the same time lamenting about its major delay due to “divisive politics.”

Here’s his post in full. We summarise it after the jump.

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Pritam Singh claims politics led to delay in ramp completion

According to the post, suggestions for a barrier-free-access ramp at Block 108 Bedok Reservoir Road was first raised back in 2012.

The ramp, however, was only recently handed over to the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council by the People’s Association (PA) and will be open to residents today (16 Oct).

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Why the 7-year delay? Mr Singh believes it was due to politics.

Mr Singh explained that in opposition wards, PAP candidates serve as grassroots advisers.

In order to raise projects for consideration in these wards, WP must first seek approval from the same PAP Grassroots Advisers.

Mr Singh also referenced a 2015 rally speech where he spoke about “political double standards” and called for PA to “come under the President of Singapore instead of the Prime Minister”.

Divisive politics may create “politically polarised society”

He then described PAP’s approach to politics as “divisive”, and warned that this may cause Singapore to become a “politically polarised society”.

In ending, Mr Singh expressed his frustration at how a ramp that should have been built within months instead “took years to complete”.

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He urged the Government, regardless of who is in power, to do better because

Singapore and Singaporeans deserve better.

Politics should not interfere with residents’ needs

We are glad that amenities are built to meet the changing demands that come with an ageing population.

However, if what Mr Singh said is true, and residents’ needs were secondary to political points, an independent panel should investigate the issue.

Because such amenities are crucial to the elderly and the wheelchair-bound, any effort to build them should not be hindered by politics.

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