Charles Chong is PAP candidate in Joo Chiat

VETERAN politician Chan Soo Sen, the incumbent MP for Joo Chiat, is retiring from politics.

He announced this in a press statement yesterday.

Mr Charles Chong, who is currently an MP in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, will now be the People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for the single-member seat.

Mr Chan said Mr Chong will join the Joo Chiat team to take part in its walkabouts and cycle-abouts, various grassroots events, as well as General Election Committee meetings.

Mr Chan thanked Joo Chiat residents, grassroots leaders, activists, and comrades for the opportunity to work together for the past 15 years.

Describing the development of Joo Chiat as "challenging at times", Mr Chan said: "However, we developed strong bonds in the process. We have evolved a unique Joo Chiat community spirit that genuinely emphasises neighbourliness and participation.

"This may mean taking a little more time to achieve results. However, with participation, there is commitment and ownership to what we do."

In his statement, Mr Chan also listed some of the significant developments in the estate, such as the completion of the Estates Upgrading Programme in Siglap South, the improved Joo Chiat Road situation, as well as Joo Chiat winning the National Heritage Board's inaugural Heritage Town Award.

This article was first published in The New Paper.