SINGAPORE: A multi-generational park and covered linkways are among the improvement plans highlighted by People's Action Party candidate for Bukit Batok Murali Pillai for residents.
Speaking to the media on Sunday (Apr 24), Mr Murali said he would ensure the plans are implemented well. But he added that he would only have the mandate to carry on if he was elected on May 7.
"This plan that we are presenting is part of the PAP Jurong Town Council...If we don't have the mandate then we don't have the ability to carry on, because we wouldn't form the town council," he said. "That's the rules."
The plans are part of a Neighbourhood Renewal Programme for the precinct at Blocks 140 to 149, Bukit Batok West Ave 4. Residents were surveyed late last year by the Jurong-Clementi Town Council to get their views on how the neighbourhood can be enhanced.
Mr Murali said there are two particular features that will "go some way" in meeting the needs of residents. "The three-generational park (will) allow our grandparents to bring their grandchildren to play while they can exercise," " he said. "We are also improving the number of sheltered linkways to protect the elders from rain and shine."
He added that 17 blocks will be connected by sheltered linkways to the market across the street, which is a "major project". He said: "So we'll continue to do more for residents, but the key is to get their feedback and understand what their needs are, so we can cater properly to them."
For now, Mr Murali said the focus is on "improving the liveability and "enhancing the family environment" for Bukit Batok residents. And other plans will be revealed in due course before Nomination Day on Apr 27.
"We hope to get residents endorsement for these plans and once we get them, we plan to implement it well, so ultimately they get whatever they expect," he said.