Chairman’s Message

by Our Neighbourhood
Chairman’s Message

Dear Residents

As Singapore prepares to mark its 56th birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our residents a Happy National Day. We have come a long way as a nation, yet there is so much more to do.

We are slowly transitioning from Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) with the relaxation of some of the safe management measures. I know many of us are fatigued, but let’s pull through this and strive towards getting ourselves into a much stronger position in anticipation of embracing the new normal of endemic Covid-19. Throughout the past 18 months, we have shown remarkable resilience and compassion towards each other, and we can get through this again.

What is this stronger position that we are aiming for? Recent events have reminded us that we are only as strong as our weakest link, and vaccination is the key to help make us all stronger. Everyone who can receive the vaccine should be vaccinated. This is especially so for our seniors, who are at the highest risk of severe illness if infected. Yet thousands remain unvaccinated. But they can now walk into any vaccination centre anytime to get protected. I hope they will come forward. And we need your help.

Yet another topic of our times is sustainability. In Singapore, we have always pursued sustainable development, and we need to do more urgently. In line with SG Green Plan 2030, 15 PAP town councils have launched a joint initiative called Action for Green Towns (AGT) to boost sustainability practices within their communities. Each will have a sustainability champion among its elected members joining the AGT task force. In Jurong-Clementi Town, my colleague, Mr Shawn Huang, is leading our AGT push. Initiatives including Green Gov and Housing and Development Board (HDB) Green Towns programme are being implemented across different estates.

We are determined to weave more nature and greenery into our estates and communities. To this end, we are partnering with several public agencies such as HDB, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board and Health Promotion Board, among others, to drive green initiatives such as community gardens, exercise parks and playgrounds. You can read more about the latest improvement works going on in our neighbourhoods in this issue.

Action starts with each of us. In this issue, we spotlight two residents who have been exemplary in their action and commitment to the environment.

Let’s stay safe, and work together towards a new normal and a greener future for all of us.

MP Xie Yao Quan

Chairman

Jurong-Clementi Town Council

Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC

亲爱的居民,

在新加坡准备庆祝建国56年之际,我想借此祝贺所有居民国庆日快乐。新加坡人民在建国的道路上走过很长的一段路,前面的路仍是挑战重重,需要我们投入更多的心力。

我们即将逐步放宽高警戒解封第二阶段措施。虽然我知道许多人感到失望和沮丧,但让我们再次团结一心,以更坚韧不拔的态度面对冠病疫情的新常态。在过去的18个月中,我们展现了顽强的意志和关怀同理心,我们也一定能够再次渡过难关。

怎样才算是更加坚毅不拔呢?最近发生的事件提醒我们,我们有多强大取决于最薄弱的环节所能承受的极限,而接种疫苗是帮助我们所有人变得更强大的关键。每个能够接种疫苗的人都应该接种疫苗,尤其是我们的年长者。他们一旦被感染,就会面临极高的风险演变成为严重病症。尽管如此,目前还有成千上万的年长者没有接种疫苗。他们现在可以随时走进任何一个疫苗接种中心,打疫苗保护自己。我希望他们会主动接种。我们大家也需要您的帮助。

这个时代另一个议题是可持续发展。新加坡一直在追求可持续发展,并且我们更迫切地需要做出更多的努力。根据《2030年新加坡绿色发展蓝图》,15个人民行动党的市镇理事会发起了一项名为 "绿色市镇行动"(Action for Green Towns)的联合倡议,以促进社区内的可持续发展实践。每个市镇理事会选举一位“可持续发展大使”加入 "绿色市镇行动"工作组。在裕廊 - 金文泰市镇,我的同事黄伟中议员负责领导我们推动“绿色市镇行动”的计划,包括绿色公共服务计划(Green Gov)和建屋发展局的绿色市镇(Green Towns)计划正在各组屋区内逐步实施。

我们决心将更多自然和绿色元素融入我们的组屋和社区。我们正与一些公共机构合作,如建屋发展局、国家环境局、国家公园局和保健促进局等,推动建设社区花园、运动公园和游乐场等绿色计划。您可以在本期刊中了解更多关于我们正在进行的最新社区翻新工程。

行动从我们每个人开始。在本期刊中,我们看到两位居民在保护环境方面做出的长期努力,值得我们尊重和学习。

让我们保持健康和安全,携手面对新常态和更环保长青的未来。

谢曜全
裕廊 - 金文泰市镇理事会主席
裕廊集选区国会议员

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