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Of the resident who requested helipads, he said: He wasn't mentally unsound. He was all together.
He knew what he was doing. But he just wanted to make unreasonable demands. Mr Shanmugam tried to reason with the man but "he wasn't listening, he wasn't interested in my answer".
Despite that rocky start, most of his memories in the area are happy ones. Asked about his fondest memories from being an MP, he smiled and said: In the end, it's people reaching out to you, forming the networks, forming the community support groups and helping people," he said.
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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. 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.
That is usually during the bad-economic periods. Once in a while, there will be ad-hoc and unusual cases such as neighbour disputes, harassed by loan sharks, abusive husbands or people coming to complain about cheating incidents by insurance agents. What is the Process in the MPS? The process of meeting the MP or Ministers varies from constituency to constituency.
But the most standard procedure is as follows: For urgent cases, the letter will be typed out, sign by the MP and hands it to the constituent immediately.
However, as I said, some MPS sessions differ from others. Inside, there are roles of seats for the expected large crowd and computer stations for the typing of letters. Thus it can be quite noisy at times. Not all the constituent will get to see the Prime Minister, only the serious and selected cases.
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He will then feedback the cases to the PM and signs all the letters on his behalf. This is to prevent any government statutory boards, civil servants or even private companies to act contrary to usual practice or legal ways just because they receive the letter by the Prime Minister.
The number of residents attending the MPS sessions depends on many factors. Redhill and Kolam Ayer usual have more elderly problemseffectiveness of the MP and many other factors. Usually, every week per session, there is an average of 20 to 30 residents coming to seek help from the MP.
If the MP is a Minister, usually there will be around 40 to 50 residents.
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But for Teo Chee Hean, I heard he is very popular with the residents and sometimes his MPS sessions can stretch past midnight until 1 am in the morning.
Both of them serves at around 70 residents every session. He was a former civil servant and was too straightforward in telling off the residents that they have little chance of success and thus, he will not write the letter. No surprisingly, the unhappy residents left angry and scolded vulgarities outside the PAP centre. It fell to the ears of the then-PM and by next elections, he was replaced.