Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock took to his Facebook to reveal that his party paid a visit to less fortunate families in Clementi, Jurong and Boon Lay on Saturday morning (21 December) in order to distribute daily essential items to them.
Calling it “Operation Outreach”, Dr Tan said that members of the PSP participated in this activity to reach out to less well-to-do families at different Housing and Development Board (HDB) units in the three selected areas.
“Many members of PSP took time off to take part in this exercise of reaching out to the less fortunate in our society,” he wrote.
He added that after identifying the “deserving families”, his party then went personally to each of their houses to distribute the items.
“Having identified the deserving families, they went about door to door distributing items for the daily needs of these families,” he noted.
The former presidential candidate also pointed out that many of those who received the supplies said that they were delighted to see the party and thanked them for their effort.
In the end of his post, the party leader said that he wished them “a blessed and healthy New Year.”
Over the years, Dr Tan has been part of many charity organisations like Disabled People’s Association and the Handicaps Welfare Association.
In fact, just last week (19 December), he met President Halimah Yacob at the Handicaps Welfare Association’s 50th anniversary and recalled the work he did previously as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayer Keroh.
“During my days as MP for Ayer Keroh my community centre was used by the association members for their activities because it was barrier-free with adequate ramps and lifts for ease of movement,” he wrote in an earlier Facebook post.
Dr Tan attended the event as the association’s former patron and he met and shook hands with President Halimah, who was the guest of honour.
For those who are unaware, PSP is a new political party set up by Dr Tan Cheng Bock and it received formal approval from the Registry of Societies on 28 March 2019. Dr Tan had made the application to form PSP earlier this year on 16 Jan alongside “twelve likeminded Singaporeans” including “some ex-PAP cadres”. The symbol of the party which was unveiled in April is a red palm tree.
The party held its first official walkabout across all 29 constituencies islandwide on 29 September, and nearly 300 party members and supporters walked the ground, meeting Singaporeans “from all walks of life” and listening to residents’ concerns.
Dr Tan said that the aim of the walkabout “was to reach out to Singaporeans, keep them informed about our new PSP party and connect with them”.
On 9 November, PSP conducted its second walkabout, and opted to use public transportation to move around and greet people in the island.
Earlier this month (1 December), Dr Tan and his team also met and greeted families at the party’s Geylang Serai market walkabout.
Dr Tan, in a Facebook post on Thu (5 Dec), expressed his gratitude to everyone he and his team had met, and said that “it was very nice to chat together and meet so many people” on such a busy morning.