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Ong Ye Kung building team of volunteers in Kaki Bukit

Former PAP candidate for Aljunied Ong Ye Kung, who is a grassroots adviser for Kaki Bukit, says his challenge is not about working in opposition territory, it's getting the right people to volunteer.

SINGAPORE: Former PAP candidate for Aljunied Ong Ye Kung says his challenge is not about working in opposition territory, it's getting the right people to volunteer.

The grassroots adviser for Kaki Bukit told Channel NewsAsia a key focus for him since the last general election has been on building up a strong team of volunteers to continue serving residents.

And he said he has had "some success" in bringing in new blood.

"I don't think the ground is challenging because it's an opposition ward,” said Ong. “We're here to do volunteer work and I'd say the biggest challenge is how do you get the right people with the right passion, right spirit of volunteerism to want to help out.

“And the more of such people we have, I don't really care who they support, or what football club they support."

Asked if he will stand as a candidate at the next general election, Mr Ong said he will make an announcement "at the appropriate time".

He was speaking on the sidelines of an emergency preparedness exercise in the constituency.

The event saw the Singapore Civil Defence Force, grassroots leaders and residents, including young ones, take part in a simulated fire and evacuation exercise.
 

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