She decided to leave on a high.
"I think I should leave at a time when I have produced results," said Sembawang GRC MP Ellen Lee.
The family lawyer confirmed yesterday that she would be stepping down from her Woodlands ward after almost 10 years.
New face Amrin Amin will be taking her spot on the PAP's slate.
Ms Lee (right) said her achievements included gathering 500 grassroots leaders who are dedicated.
"This is something residents are very thankful for because we have been very responsive to their needs and we have been very caring as well. So this group of grassroots leaders are the ones I'll miss most," she said.
She added that after so many years of packing her schedule with activities and events, she will now be "quite free".
Asked about her most memorable anecdote, she recalled a diabetic man who had to have his toes amputated.
He was convinced that the doctors had made a mistake leading to his amputation and badgered her at multiple Meet-the-People sessions to help him with a malpractice suit.
"It was difficult to handle him, particularly because he was on crutches and I sympathised with him, but the fact was that he could not accept his situation. I couldn't help him out of that emotional trap," she said.
Ms Lee said she plans to continue her community and voluntary work, helping out with Promoting Alternatives to Violence (Pave).
This article was first published on Aug 15, 2015.
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