Younger, more middle-class demographic

SINGAPORE - The transformation of Punggol East into a bustling town of 33,281 voters with a slightly younger and considerably more middle-class demographic began in the late 1990s.

The Punggol 21 plan, unveiled by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1996, envisioned a more compact estate than the traditional model but one complete with modern amenities and served by a LRT system.

In seven years, more than 100 blocks of flats were built in a relatively small area, bound by Tampines Expressway, Sengkang East Drive, Sengkang East Avenue and Punggol Road.

Out-of-towners moved into their spanking new apartments, breathing new life into the ward.

The result is a Punggol East that is younger than the rest of the country, although not as young as more newly built parts of Punggol that fall outside the single-seat constituency.

Just 24 per cent of residents are older than 50, compared to 29 per cent nationwide.

The constituency is also relatively well-off, with no three-room flats and 60 per cent of its residents living in five-room flats, executive flats or private housing.

While some residents express sandwiched class sentiments, the Meet-The-People sessions see relatively few requests from the needy.

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