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One of the main topics residents usually raise during political party home visits is concerns about how to deal with the rising cost of living in Singapore, which is exactly what the Democratic Party of Singapore encountered in their recent rounds in Marsiling – Yew Tee GRC.
The team, made up of CEC members Francis Yong and Surayah Akbar, and Abdul Salim visited the residents of Block 790 and 791 in the Limbang Division currently owned by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.
A resident, Ms. Bai, was delighted to meet SDP members as she “raised a number of issues and concerns, such as the ever-rising cost of COE and the cost of living,” the party posted on their Facebook page.
She also hopes MPs will continue to speak out about this in parliament, as it affects every Singaporean.
Other residents expressed similar sentiments as both Mr Quek and Mrs Annie shared that the price of HDB condos is now “insanely expensive.”
A poll conducted by Environment Insight after this year’s National Day Rally by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong indicates that the increased cost of living remains a major concern for many.
When it comes to the top concerns Singapore faces, with respondents having more than one choice to choose from, 90 percent said they had an ‘increase in the cost of living’, while 47 percent opted for the ‘impending economic recession’.
Salim continued his home visit over the weekend on his own as he made his way to the Woodgrove division led by MP Hany Soh.
Some residents thought the country would go to the polls again if they saw political parties walking nearby.
“A few residents, like Mr Maran, Mr and Mrs Lim, thought the elections were already here when they saw us,” Salim said.
“We have told them that we are just doing our weekly home visits and that the elections will not be held until November 2025 at the latest. Mr. Lim says it is good to start our preparations early.”
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