hero of potong pasir
Mr. Chiam See Tong, you are indeed the people’s hero, champion for democracy and a brave man. Thank you for fighting for the people all these years. The photo above was my one and only glimpse of the man, and the one that broke my heart 😦
Photos below were mainly taken at Block 108 in Potong Pasir, where CST holds his Meet the People’s session every Thursday. Residents and non-residents came together to sign a petition for a by-election in Potong Pasir, where his wife Lina Chiam lost to PAP’s Sitoh Yih Pin by a mere 104 votes.
Another petition station, flanked by the folded up makeshift cubicle where he held his Meet-the-People’s session for 27 years.
Bulletin board bearing letters from official authorities written to Mr Chiam regarding parking fines waived (and notices of a similar nature) for Potong Pasir residents, the result of his championing of their issues and difficulties.
Above, people are taking photos with the Welcome to Potong Pasir sign bearing Mr Chiam’s face while it is still there. I really like the slogan, “My kind of town” and Potong Pasir does seem to have that “small town” air where you feel that everyone knows each other.
Goodbye Mr Chiam, though I only knew you recently and I don’t live in PP, I have utmost respect for you and won’t ever forget you.
(Do watch this video from start to finish to see how inspirational, surprisingly funny and sharp he is, for his age of 76 and despite having suffered two strokes, and how much his people love him.)