Friday, 29 May 2015

[Today] RCs should engage, communicate with residents more

I read with interest the letter “RCs build more inclusive communities” (May 21), and trust that Residents’ Committees (RCs) must walk the talk.
For example, work is under way in my neighbourhood to construct a minimarket and eatery near thevoid deck.
Towards the end of last year, I was baffled to learn that the project was going to be carried out because most residents were in favour of it. When I asked neighbours about this, they were just as clueless.
In other words, there was no consultation process or discussion about the new amenities.
As the RC members have not engaged with the residents, we are at a loss to know who they are.
Hence, I raised the issue with our Member of Parliament, who was helpful and understanding.
She gave me an insight into the project details and assured me that my feedback and concerns would be channelled to the RC.
There has been good work done by RCs, and they can play a pivotal role in helping our society be an inclusive one.
Fostering better cooperation and rapport with residents, through effective communication and engagement, is a means to achieve this.