30 May '11, 11pm
Chiam See Tong: "In 1992, the HDB swiftly demolished my MP's office... I was then forced to use the void deck."
LAST Saturday's report ('All MPs can now rent void deck space') mentioned that I closed the office I built in 1985 at Block 108, Potong Pasir Avenue 1 for the Meet-the-People sessions (MPS). This is untrue. The office was actually built by the HDB and not by me. In 1992, the HDB swiftly demolished my MP's office within a day. This occurred a year after my former party (Singapore Democratic Party) won three seats in Parliament. I was then forced to use the void deck, and this was where I conducted my MPS. The premises had no toilet facilities and it was only in the last few years, through frugal savings by the Potong Pasir Town Council, that a toilet was built in that same void deck. Chiam See Tong FORUM NOTE: The writer was the MP for Potong Pasir from 1984 to 2011.