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Public Free Clinic Society opens new branch in Jurong West

A clinic which aims to bring affordable healthcare to the aged and needy in the heartland officially opened a new branch in Jurong on Sunday.
The Straits Times - November 25, 2013
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Public Free Clinic Society opens new branch in Jurong West
BEING a hawker is not an easy job - the long hours and the heat are but some of the challenges hawkers face daily.
This is why it may be tough to get the next generation to take over the wok, said the newly crowned Hawker Masters.
Madam Zahara Abu Bakar, who runs mee rebus stall Selera Kita in Block 58, New Upper Changi Road, said: "It's a labour-intensive job and doesn't give you the income stability compared with office jobs.
"You also don't have the benefits of working in a company, and you have to be disciplined."
The 65-year-old was crowned a Singapore Hawker Master in the mee rebus category, along with five others recognised on Friday.
Now into its fourth year, the annual Singapore Hawker Masters awards, organised by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao, celebrate the best hawkers here.
Another master, Mr Chua Poh Seng, 41, from Song Kee Fishball Noodle at 532 Upper Serangoon Road, said that being a hawker can be demanding on one's health. Still, he likes his job.
Said Mr Chua, who won the dry- and soup-fishball-noodles category: "There is a sense of achievement when I do my job well and my customers enjoy my food. I have also become friends with some of the regulars."

The new branch is the fourth clinic by the Public Free Clinic Society, and was opened in conjunction with its 39th anniversary.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was guest-of-honour at the event. In his address, DPM Tharman said that the clinic has done good work in various parts of Singapore. He added that the group provides a good example of community spirit as the facility was not set up by the government, but by a group of Chinese physicians who were supported by the grassroots.

Started in September last year, the clinic in Jurong sees an average of 2,500 patients a month. The organisation, which is supported directly by the Ministry of Health, currently has outlets in Geylang, Clementi and Tampines. It plans to open another clinic in the East which will cater specifically to the elderly with chronic illnesses like rheumatism and diabetes. About 65 per cent of the clinics' patients now are the elderly above the age of 50.


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