Kg Ubi-Kembangan ward gears up for ageing population
By Hasnita A Majid, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 29 April 2007
SINGAPORE: Kampung Ubi-Kembangan constituency is gearing up for an ageing population.
For example, some residents in Eunos Crescent may be getting lifts on every floor.
This was announced at a community event graced by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Twelve blocks in the area have been chosen for the Interim Upgrading Programme Plus.
This means that besides covered walkways, residents from more than 1,800 units will also get their lifts upgraded.
And more may get such improvements in future.
Dr Ong Seh Hong, MP for Marine Parade GRC, said: "Kampong Ubi-Kembangan, we actually have an ageing population here so we need to prepare both the software and the hardware. We need to build infrastructure to make this a barrier-free access precinct and work is in progress. At the same time, we are pushing for lift upgrading for all the blocks here. Besides this precinct, we have a few other precincts, namely one in Lengkong Tiga and another one on Eunos side, plus a few within Ubi. We hope that we can deliver lift upgrading to all the blocks within, maybe, next five years or so."
75 percent of the residents will have to vote in favour of the Interim Upgrading Programme Plus before any improvements can be carried in the next quarter.
Under the programme, the government and the Town Council will subsidise 90-95% of the total costs of upgrading.
The Kampong Ubi-Kembangan Citizens Consultative Committee has also teamed up with the Sathya Sai Social Service and the Southeast Community Development Council to start a dedicated and cheap transport service for the poor, elderly and disabled.
The Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Association has donated a handicap-friendly van for this purpose.
The van can accommodate about 10 to 12 people and it will ferry residents to and from medical appointments at dialysis centres, hospitals and even polyclinics.
And for those who are disabled, it also comes with features that can help them move around.
"This van is equipped with wheelchair lift. So, for residents, they can move up and down the vehicle very easily. At the same time, we also have a staircrawl which is able to transport residents who do not live on lift landings," said Simon-Peter Lum from the Sathya Sai Social Service.
The cost of using this transport service varies between $2 and $10 for a round trip.
Sunday's town carnival at Kampung Ubi-Kembangan was the constituency's first.
Mr Goh, who is an MP for Marine Parade, presided over a vow renewal ceremony where 88 couples renewed their love and commitment to each other.
He also presented a certificate to the couple who had been married for the most number of years - 58 years! - CNA/ir