Why weren’t Potong Pasir residents informed of upcoming nursing home in their estate?

It is somewhat inexplicable that many residents of Potong Pasir are not even aware that there will be a new nursing home which is being built right in the heart of their estate.

Quite a fair number of residents have informed me that they were aware of rumours or coffeeshop talk about the nursing home and only realised that they weren’t rumours at all when construction started a few weeks ago.

What irks them most is that they have not been engaged or perhaps consulted in the decision making process at all, which is a shame if true.

For the record, there was a series of newspaper articles in the mainstream media in May 2018 stating that Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital had been granted the rights by the Ministry of Health to build a nursing home with 438 beds in Potong Pasir which will be ready by 2021.

Construction has since started about two months ago right in front of the St Andrew’s Village at the cul de sac at the end of Potong Pasir Avenue 1.

The following questions need to be addressed:

1. How were the residents of Potong Pasir engaged over the building of the nursing home in their neighbourhood?

2. Was their feedback taken at all before a decision was made?

3. Were residents of Potong Pasir estate, especially those nearest the proposed location of the nursing home engaged on the matter at all? If yes, was this done prior to the announcement and through what methodologies? If no, then why not?

4. Have residents of the estate been informed of the duration of construction?

5. Have the residents nearest the area where the nursing home will be constructed been informed of the construction plan and the noise alleviation plan, especially since Potong Pasir has a substantial number of elderly folk?

6. What is the traffic management plan for the area since it is a well known fact that traffic is very heavy during peak hours and with the construction of a condominium – The Tre Ver – already in full swing just across the plot where the nursing home will be built.

Community and stakeholder engagement for such major projects within an estate are vital and critical prior to announcement.

Consensus building is essential in 21st century public management and in management of communities, and is critical in creating harmonious communities. The residents in the estate should be the first, and not the last to know.

The issue isn’t whether or not the nursing home should be near their homes. The issue is why were the residents of the estate not engaged and consulted on the matter prior to announcement and construction.

Community consultation and engagement should be part of the decision making process and not an afterthought after the fact.

Residents need to be treated with respect.

 

* Facebook post by Jose Raymond.

 

 

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18 Responses to “Why weren’t Potong Pasir residents informed of upcoming nursing home in their estate?”

  • TruBlu:

    well,they never tell us that they are going to suck our CPF money?
    whats a nursing home?

    thats YAYA PAPaya for you?
    still wanna vote them blindly?

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  • Harder Truths:

    You want to know why? Karma.

    Potong Pasir 2015

    PAP Sitoh Yih Pin………….10 581 votes (66.41%)
    SPP Loh Woon Lee, Lina………5 353 votes (33.59%)

    You got the government you deserve – enjoy.

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  • Perfect Aristocrats Party:

    Strange! When majority of PP residents gave their votes to the pap, why didn’t they expect this day to come?

    A pap mp is supposed to side with the pap G, no?

    The pap G always does what they wish and the pap mp just has to support and follow, no?

    Only when your mp is not from the pap camp, then the pap G has to consult the oppo mp of their plans in the constituency. And then the oppo mp will engage the PP residents.

    So, PP residents want to be informed and not be taken for granted? So, vote for who next time? Lesson learnt already? Let this also be a valuable lesson for residents elsewhere.

    NEVER vote for the arrogant white party if you want to be treated with respect!

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  • Harder Truths:

    One more thing – all these nursing home inmates will become pappy voters. Whether they like it or not. Or else where are they going to stay?

    Pappy has a large number of voters and these old farts get a place to stay.

    Since inmates are left in nursing homes after practicing “you die your business” for most of their lives, the pappys make sure the inmates pay their dues, or else.

    A true win-win situation.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @Harder Truths
    ‘Elderly Senior Resident Citizens’ should not be called ‘inmates’. They are just products of Lee Con You decades of brainwashing, threatening, fearmongering, (repenting). They are not criminals.
    Though they are programmed to vote PAP no matter what. It not totally their fault.
    With millions and millions of close to middle-aged foreign trash imported here, the aging population problem will accelerate in 20 to 30 years. Birth rate drops due to unaffordable cost of living, young capable people emigrating to better real first world democratic countries. Singapore will definitely need more and more nursing homes.
    May not be a surprise if Singapore turns into a nursing home island.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    potong pasir residents deserve what they voted for

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  • Opposition dude:

    Well Potong Pasir voters you guys decided that you wanted PAP in 2011 so you get what you deserve.

    Sure PAP made you guys happy for a few years by making the estate look prettier and having NTUC open there, wah so shiok hor?

    Now that they have you idiots by the balls they do whatever they want so they are feeling lagi more shiok than you dafts. They know you goondus won’t vote them out since you want and need all the amenities they have provided for you since 2011.

    So suck it up Potong Pasir, you bunch of ingrates who didn’t appreciate what Mr Chiam did for you and promptly voted PAP once he left to contest in Toa Payoh GRC.

    You reap what you sow!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Are the Residents still serve Abalone??? that is the Price to pay you greedy pieces of SHITS…all Chiam’s work and dedication gone to waste over the greed of Abalone???

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  • Wise Up b4 2 Late !!!:

    Majority of residences in Potong Pasir voted for it in 2015. Engage and get consensus for what?

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  • rukidding:

    More likely a case of “sweet revenge” !

    Last time never “support” me mah !

    Now , I “planted” a few more “supporters” and I have “won” !

    So,…..its time for “pay back” !

    Typical Pimps and prostitutes ( P.a.p.) behaviour lor !

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  • WakeupSG:

    If PAP again wins this constituency the coming GE, don’t be surprised they change the estate name to PAsir Potong!

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  • Singaporean Kong Come:

    Built a nursing home in your heartland, so is your duty to take care on behalf for the G. So is not a burden to them. Make u people suck. So they(G)can have more time too sleep in their job, or counting their bank statement zero every month end. Soooooooooooooo easy job. This duty is beyong their pay rate. One of the MP has quoted before.Good Luck PP resident.

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  • Harder Truths:

    @ Dr Chin

    My REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE is they are ‘inmates’. They are inmates because they chose to be. If it comes to that I am in the same age group – so what?

    You know that when I was young and spoke up against these pappy policies in 60′s and 70′s these same type of ‘inmates’ want to fight with me as a gang in coffee shops? They are not worth anyone’s pity.

    No you don’t know anything. Just because someone is old they must be forgiven and ‘sayang’? Bullshit – those greedy fools know what they were doing. They got what they deserved for colluding with the evil old man.

    If you want to tell me what I can and can’t say then I believe the pappies will be interested in your candidacy for GE2020 too.

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  • why guy:

    no issue here
    they voted for it

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  • Tatman:

    What inmates?!? They are stupid and heartless lao bu si Sinkaporeans!!!

    Harder Truths:
    @ Dr Chin

    My REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE is they are ‘inmates’. They are inmates because they chose to be. If it comes to that I am in the same age group – so what?

    You know that when I was young and spoke up against these pappy policies in 60′s and 70′s these same type of ‘inmates’ want to fight with me as a gang in coffee shops? They are not worth anyone’s pity.

    No you don’t know anything. Just because someone is old they must be forgiven and ‘sayang’? Bullshit – those greedy fools know what they were doing. They got what they deserved for colluding with the evil old man.

    If you want to tell me what I can and can’t say then I believe the pappies will be interested in your candidacy for GE2020 too.

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  • 70% sheep asks for it:

    PP voters voted pap.

    They are 70% sheep.

    They ask for it.

    What is there to bleat about?

    But there is still hope. Vote OPPO, and ensure New Government forms. Voila, many current wrongs can be righted. Otherwise, got to bear with pap clown.

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  • roy:

    Well, No difference. It will be subsumed under Jalan Besar GRC…

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  • AhTer:

    Please use an updated picture lah!!! That picture is an old one showing the construction of the hostel which has been there for 8 years already lah!!!!

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