Marsiling-Yew Tee residents celebrate their MP Lawrence Wong becoming PM: The morning after

Submitted by Stomper Jennifer

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It was once declared the "most depressing town in Singapore".

But on the evening of May 15, Yew Tee was the place to be.

That was because one of the MPs of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC was sworn in as Singapore's fourth Prime Minister that day. He is, of course, Mr Lawrence Wong.

More than a thousand residents gathered under the giant tent in Yew Tee Square outside Yew Tee MRT station to watch the swearing-in ceremony held at the Istana live on a giant screen.

"I didn't expect it to be so crowded," said one resident of the People's Association-organised event originally planned as a "May Day Sing-Along".

Once the live stream began at 8pm, PM Wong received loud cheers whenever he appeared on the screen, reported The Straits Times.

But the loudest cheers were heard when it was announced that the new prime minister would be making an appearance at the watch party.

At around 10.30pm, PM Wong arrived with the other MPs of the GRC: Mr Alex Yam, Mr Zaqy Mohamad and Ms Hany Soh.

Taking to the stage, PM Wong greeted the crowd in English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin. He thanked the crowd for staying so late to welcome him.

"I decided to rush from the Istana tonight because I wanted my first event as Prime Minister of Singapore to be an event with all of you, residents of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC," said PM Wong.

He later added: "In my new capacity as Prime Minister, I hope you understand from time to time, there may be new responsibilities which make it difficult for me to attend some community events and activities the way I used to in the past.

"But I assure you we have a very strong team – all my fellow MPs, our grassroots leaders, our key activists – we will continue to work hard to provide a better home, a better living environment and take care of all your needs in Marsiling-Yew Tee."

Because of the vast sea of people, Stomper Jennifer managed to get a photo of her new Prime Minister only from a distance.

She also shared a photo of the empty tent the morning after the revelry.

Back to being depressing again for Yew Tee?