Minister Shanmugam shames his resident online | The Independent
Every Tuesday at our Meet-The-People session, about 70 volunteers and I meet with residents of Chong Pang who see us with issues they face. Every week. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. 尚达曼. தர்மன் Party: People's Action Party . Year of Birth: CV: Meet the People Session. Place: Blk Yung. HAPPY DAYS: Mr Shanmugam in chong pang during his early days as an In one of his first few Meet-the-People Sessions as a Member of.
The minister cited a case of an elderly woman selling vegetables at a bus stop in the area. She didn't want to take any kind of assistance and wanted to earn her own living," he said. But residents had complained about her causing a mess and as a result, the National Environmental Agency NEA told her to stop selling vegetables there.
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Other residents found out about it and alerted Mr Shanmugam, who wrote to NEA to appeal on her behalf. There is also a case from 15 years ago that still stands out for him. A young, pregnant woman was about to go to jail for hiring illegal workers in her father's laundry business. Not wanting her child to be born in jail, she was going to terminate the pregnancy and Mr Shanmugam found out about it. He advised her not to abort the baby and sent appeals to the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Ministry of Home Affairs on her behalf.
At that time, he was still a practising lawyer and would ask his colleagues to attend the woman's court hearings to keep him updated. The woman was eventually let off with a fine and her daughter is now 14 years old.
When it was mentioned that it was cases like these that endeared him to residents, he let out a rare smile and said: In the end, it's people reaching out to you, forming the networks, forming the community support groups and helping people.
There are countless stories of people helping each other, people helping me, and me helping people. And you don't wait until the last minute to prepare," he said. On the issue of possible new candidates, Mr Shanmugam said with a laugh that many had already been identified by the media.
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I wouldn't know if they're going to stand for certain," he said. Animal rights activist Ng, 37, who started out doing grassroots work in Chong Pang, was moved at the start of the year to Joo Chiat constituency under veteran MP Charles Chong. Asked about criminal lawyer and pro bono advocate Josephus Tan, who has been very outspoken about his grassroots work in Chong Pang, Mr Shanmugam smiled and nodded.
He seemed to think that he had a right to do so. After mocking them, he then wrote to me in these terms: Maybe you have been too busy meeting the residents and grassroot members are also blinded by the job to served sic as much every week on non essential matters.
I would like to share a little secret with you…you have a new family in our neighbourhood and maybe you and your grassroot team would like to meet them personally.
I have uploaded a video to introduce themselves to you and maybe you could drop by when you are around next week.
He was being sarcastic, even while acknowledging my regular presence. I told him that the Town Council was dealing with the problem. I then told the Town Council staff to see him, and explain to him what steps were being taken. He responded as follows: He deliberately wasted the time of the officers, and the RC volunteer.
Minister Shanmugam shames his resident online
When he was sent an email setting out his conduct he responded sarcastically — that he will give a further response. But nothing has been heard from him since then.
We do our best. Most of the time people understand what we do.