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Potong Pasir – The End of an Era

2011 May 10


The latest phototaking hotspot

In the early morning of 8 May 2011, Potong Pasir was the last result to be announced by Mr Yam Ah Mee for the Singapore General Election 2011 and it will no longer managed by Mr Chiam See Tong and his wife, Mrs Lina Chiam.

On that very afternoon, I went down to Potong Pasir with my photo-kakis with the objective to “record history” – capture the moments of this small estate before it is handed over to the new hands.

Provision Shop in Potong Pasir

A humble town along the North-East MRT Line, it looks like any regular HDB estates. The town is well taken care of, but if you get really anal about amenities in Potong Pasir, you will realise that there is no NTUC Fairprice Supermarket, food centre and wet market here. Instead, you see a few provision shops and coffee shops in this estate which serve similar functions.

Sheltered Walkway

The walking paths in this estate are well-sheltered, though you will realise that it is done on a smaller-budget and yet still serve its purpose.

Blk 108 lift lobby - Uniquely Potong Pasir

An old-school lift co-existing with a newer HDB lift is probably something “Uniquely Potong Pasir”, and the newer lift doesn’t stop at every level either. Given to the budget that they get to maintain this small estate, this is probably the best Mr Chiam could do for his residents and I believe a lot of them do not really mind that.

Supporters signing petition for by-election

Supporters of Mr and Mrs Chiam were gathering that day at Blk 108 void deck, which is also the location for Mr Chiam’s Meet-the-people session, to collect signatures for the petition to request for a by-election in Potong Pasir.

At about 5 plus in the evening, Mr Chiam and the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidates went on a “Thank You Parade” around Potong Pasir and there was a huge group of supporters following their party vehicles. The atmosphere was full of emotions… I saw people crying, people screaming “Chiam See Tong” and “Lina Chiam” in unison…

When Mrs Chiam saw one of her supporters crying, she said to her supporter, “Don’t cry for me. Think on the bright side, ok?” That really touched my heart…

Mr Chiam’s Welcome Signage

I am not sure how efficient will the new management of this estate be to update this welcome signage, but I am sure the current one with Mr Chiam’s photo is not going to stay for long. It’s right at the entrance of Potong Pasir. For the rest of the album, it can be viewed on my Facebook Album titled “Potong Pasir – End of an Era”.


Update: Apparently, my post shares the same title as Clauds’ blog post! Great minds think alike! Haha!

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Siew Huey permalink
    May 10, 2011

    Nice…. 🙂 Maybe you can do the same for Aljunied GRC as well. 😛

  2. Victor TAN permalink*
    May 11, 2011

    @SH: Err… That GRC too big… 😛

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