Issue 106

Issue 106 (Oct-Dec 2017)

A publication of The Grassroots’ Club MCI(P)203/03/2017

How the older Singaporean worker can remain competitive New membership privileges!

Congratulations to our NDA 2017 Recipients


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AGM 2017





Message by Mr Gopala Krishnan (JP, BBM)

Issue 106 (Oct-Dec 2017)

Vice-President & Chairman, Business Development Committee

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ApublicationofTheGrassroots’Club MCI(P)203/03/2017

Editor’s Notebook

How the older Singaporean worker can remain competitive New membership privileges!

Welcome to Our New Members

Membership Privileges for TGC Members

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How the Older Singaporean Worker Can Remain Competitive

Congratulations to our NDA 2017 Recipients

Solemnisation at the Terrace


Annual General Meeting 2017


Notice on The Closure of Jackpot at TGC


Congratulations to our National Day Awardees 2017

Calendar of Events


English Premier League Live Screening at TGC

Issue 106 (Oct–Dec 2017)

Disclaimer: Advertisements that appear in Grassroots with passion do not constitute an endorsement by The Grassroots’ Club of any business, organisation, service or product. The Grassroots’ Club assumes no liability whatsoever for the honesty, integrity or validity of any of the advertisers in Grassroots with passion or on The Grassroots’ Club website; or the product and/or service they promote. All information concerning the products or services advertised in Grassroots with passion or on The Grassroots’ Club website is provided by the dealer, owner, or agent of the business. The Grassroots’ Club and its affiliates are not liable for misinformation, typographical errors or misprints in the advertisements in Grassroots with passion or on The Grassroots’ Club website.

The Grassroots’ Club 190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 Singapore 568046 | Tel: 6554 2350 | Fax: 6554 2347 |

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Dear Members,

As you may have noticed, the Health Centre is undergoing a major renovation. Once completed, you will be able to enjoy a spanking new Health Centre with modern facilities. Completion date of the renovation will be slightly delayed as there are many minor details to be worked out to ensure the handover of a modern and classy Health Centre. You will be proud of the rejuvenation of the place catered for a relaxing mind and soul besides keeping yourself fit with state-of-the-art equipment. Enhancement of the Club’s revenue streams is one of the roles of the Business Development Committee while it balances member benefits at affordable costs. Though not an easy balancing act, revenue generated will be channelled for members’ benefits in whatever form and wherever possible. At the moment, we have kept the membership fees low and have also subsidised club events for members. With higher revenue, we hope to keep membership fees at affordable levels to attract more members. To achieve our goals, my Committee has worked hard and continues to do so in developing strategies to innovate and meet the new aspirations of members in a digitally connected environment. We are always on the lookout for relevant organisations to partner with for the benefit of our members to reward them with more perks. We are also constantly looking at ways to bring in new facilities to TGC. In addition to a proposed beer garden under a sky lit night, we are in talks with operators to bring in the bicycle-sharing concept. Look out for the Club's news feeds. Many new happenings will take shape in the Club's premises to make it a "Smart Club" of choice for meetings, conferences, events with a holistic spread of programmes for members to indulge in. On a final note, on behalf of TGC, I would like to express my appreciation for your continuous and unwavering support. Do join us at the various activities to make it a vibrant club for our grassroots members that we can be proud of.

Mr Gopala Krishnan, JP, BBM Vice-President & Chairman, Business Development Committee

Wishing everyone the best of health to help drive the Club into the next lap!


Chairman Toh Sze Wei, PBM Vice Chairman Jimmy New Cheng Tee, PBM

Members Edward See Chak Fei, PBM Lim Yen Lan, PBM Marie Lim Soo Cheng David Seah Kah Long, PBM P.Anakeley

Secretariat Seow Hing Hock Lydia Galvinder Kaur Ethan Seet Design & Editorial Words Worth Media


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Dear TGC Members,

This issue of our magazine covers how our senior workers can remain competitive in the job market. We hope that these pointers will help our senior members bemore aware of their strengths and boost their confidence when they go for their next job interviews. At the same time, we take the opportunity to congratulate those who received the National Day Awards this year. Our Club has also come up with some member privileges, do take note of them and enjoy those privileges. Do visit our Club more often as there are more activities and facilities coming up soon. Jimmy New Cheng Tee, PBM Editor


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Enhance Physiotherapy • 20% off physiotherapy services at their outlet in Rochester Mall. • 10% off merchandise products Valid till 31 July 2018

Crystal Time (S) Pte Ltd Enjoy 20% discount off the following range of watches at the selected stores: • LUMINOX: Available at Tangs at Tang Plaza Level 3 and Vivo City Level 1, Robinsons The Hereen Level 4, Takashimaya Level 3 and OG Orchard Point Level 1 • ARBUTUS: Available at Tangs at Tang Plaza Level 3 and Vivo City Level 1, Robinsons The Hereen Level 4, Takashimaya Level 3 and OG Orchard Point Level 1 • CLAUDE BERNARD: Available at Tangs Vivo City Level 1, Robinsons The Hereen Level 4, Takashimaya Level 3 and

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Prince’s Flower Shop Pte Ltd Enjoy 10% discount off all regular orders online at with promo code TGC10. Valid till 30 September 2018

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• This promotion may not be combined with other offers • All bookings are non-refundable and non-exchangeable • Reservation is subject to availability • Grassroots Club Members ID to be presented upon check-in for verification, otherwise Best Available Rates shall apply.

For reservation, email to Please quote GRASSROOTSCLUBSG17 on the email subject.

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HOW THE OLDER SINGAPOREAN WORKER CAN REMAIN COMPETITIVE Once you hit a more matured age does it mean that you should take a back seat and watch youngsters work while you just enjoy time with friends and family? For the lucky ones who are financially independent it may be a yes but for those who have not made enough for their retirement, working is still a necessity. In fact, from the second half of this year, employers will be legally obliged to offer re-employment to eligible Singaporean workers up to the age of 67, two years higher than the current age ceiling, so Singaporeans are generally working longer in the job place. But how can the older worker ascertain employability? Contrary to popular belief, being older does not mean that you are disadvantaged. There are many winning factors for older workers, some job positions call for experienced matured workers and there are also openings where older workers can compete very well alongside youngsters. Below are some reasons employers hire older workers: Punctuality Have you seen fellow young workers who leisurely walk into the office at 10am even though the time to report for work is 830am? Their excuses would that they live far away and need time to commute to the office. But matured workers usually make it a point to be punctual and arrive on the dot for work. Honesty Older workers are prone to be honest as they see their job as a reflection of their personal integrity, compared to younger workers who think not much about telling a fib now and then just to get away with things or push the blame to fellow workers.



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Good listeners Older workers are also better listeners and hence easier to train. Relatively, younger workers may see themselves as smart enough and tune out when supervisors coach them on work details. Good mentors With years of experience behind them, older workers are better communicators to train fellow younger workers. With their seniority, younger workers may also look up to Older workers generally have a better understanding of how jobs can be done more efficiently, and the confidence they built over the years allows them to share ideas with management. Indeed older workers can produce high quality work with their dedication, but how can the older worker make himself more competitive? Make your skills more current It is important to keep up with changing technology, and learning these skills can make the older worker more marketable. With the SkillsFuture scheme, the government is offering matured workers a lot of subsidies for courses, older workers who have no employer sponsorship can use workfare to pay for the bulk of their course fees as well as the skillsFuture credit, and so not having to pay a single cent for current skills. older workers as convincing mentors. Efficiency and Confidence

Make sure your look is contemporary Clothes make the man, so they say and it is true. Older workers can look their part by dressing up for work, making sure their hairstyles are neat and their hair dyed. Working on your looks tell a whole lot about how you feel about yourself. Live in the now Older workers who harp on their past achievements a little too often, do so at their own risk. They need to move on not dwell on past ways of doing things. At the rate technology moves, everyone, but particularly the older worker, needs to find ways to adapt to new management and technology. Be flexible and adaptable Older workers who are more flexible and adaptable will find themselves with more job opportunities. People willing to work in the booming sectors such as the IT and healthcare for example will find themselves with a stable job to see them through their twilight years.

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the Terrace Solemnisation @ Nestled within lovely greenery in a quaint neighbourhood, The Grassroots’ Club (TGC) presents an ideal venue for all memorable occasions. Located a stone’s throw from the Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange and MRT Station, the Club provides convenient access to all your guests.

The Terrace @ TGC is a sheltered outdoor venue that is perfectly sophisticated for an intimate celebration with your loved ones and friends of up to 50pax. TGC also offers indoor venues with a larger capacity. Share your dreams with TGC’s experienced events team today and choose from our wide range of solemnisation and wedding packages. Terrace Solemnisation Package

Min – 30 Pax Max – 50 Pax

Package A ($60+ per pax)

Package B($65+ per pax)


High-Tea Reception - Choice of 10 finger foods - Beverage (Non-Alcoholic)

Lunch / Dinner - Choice of 8 Dishes - Dessert - Beverage (Non-Alcoholic)

Package Includes:

- Use of Terrace for up to 4 hours - Choice of either 10ft fabric backdrop for the ROM setting OR   1 x Silk Floral Wedding Arc - Solemnisation Table decorated with fresh flowers and 5 Tiffany chairs* - 4 Pedestals along the aisle, complete with Silk floral arrangements* - Theatre style seating with Tiffany chairs*

*Choice of 3 themes ROMANCE (Pink/ Lilac with White)

PRECIOUS (Champagne with Off-white) • ROM Table Linen in champagne c/w 1 set fresh floral arrangement in white orchids • Tiffany Chairs in gold with ivory chair pads. Silk flowers and ribbons on Tiffany Chairs along aisle. Arc OR Fabric draping in the similar colour palette.

DESIRE (Tiffany with Silver)

• ROM Table Linen in lilac c/w 1 set fresh floral arrangement in soft pink and white hues • Tiffany Chairs in white with pink/ lilac chair pads. Silk flowers and ribbons on Tiffany Chairs along aisle. Arc or Fabric draping in the similar colour palette

• ROM Table Linen in tiffany c/w 1 set fresh floral arrangement in soft pink and white hues. • Tiffany Chairs in silver with soft pink chair pads. Silk flowers and ribbons on Tiffany Chairs along aisle. Arc OR Fabric draping in the similar colour palette.

With Compliments

VIP parking lot for Bridal car. 5 Complimentary carpark redemption tickets.

Call us at 6550 2115 / 2121 or email to for more information


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The Annual General Meeting was held at the Auditorium on 28 July 2017 from 8pm.

Following transaction of the usual AGM matters, the attending 167 Ordinary and Founder members were treated to a sit-down dinner at the Multi-purpose Hall as well as performances by a Fei Yu Qing Look-alike and the multi-talented and visually impaired musician Daniel Ng.

The evening ended with two rounds of Tombola that awarded a $100 voucher each to winners Mr Ang Bee Hock and Mr Lim Hwee Hong.

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Dear Members, Please be informed that the Jackpot Room will cease its operations with effect from 1 November 2017. The last day of operation will be on 31 October 2017. CLOSURE OF JACKPOT ROOM

New government regulations, as well as declining patronage over the years, had led the Management Committee to decide to close the Jackpot Room.

We seek your understanding and please look forward to the new Members’ Exclusive Room and Jacuzzi facility when the renovation of the Health Centre is completed. The Club would channel the resources formerly used for the Jackpot to better serve you. The new Jacuzzi and Members’ Room will be available for your use once the renovation of the Health Centre is complete. Other recreational facilities are also in the pipeline.

Please look forward to them.


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Mr Looi Im Heok, BBM(L)


Mr Daniel Ling Chee Kiong, BBM

Mr Eugene Lee Yang Guan, BBM

Mr Cheong Say Kim, BBM

Dr Kan Yaw Kiong Ernest, JP, BBM

Mr Malik Bin Maksudi, BBM

Mrs Oh, Michelle Leong Ton, BBM

Mr Ong Ter Koh Derrick, BBM


Mr Lim Hong Beng, PBM

Mr Soh Eng Hock David, PBM

Ms Tan Beng Now Betty, PBM

Mr Tan Eng Loong Jeffrey, PBM

Mr Tan Poh Whua, PBM

Mr Tee Boon Teck Johnny, PBM

Mr Teo Tian Sing Melvin, PBM

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Sun, 21 October 2017 10.00pm

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Sun, 22 October 2017 8.30pm




7.30pm Manchester United VS

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Sat, 28 October 2017





8.00pm Tottenham Hotspur VS

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Sun, 5 November 2017

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For more information, please call us at 6554 2350 / 6550 2120 or write to

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JOIN OUR 5-YEAR  MEMBERSHIP TODAY AT ONLY $300 Receive a special gift

set – limited edition thermal flask & pen

*While stocks last.

Please call the Membership Department at 6550 2114 or email for more information.

Muslim Delights Voted Singapore’s Top 5 “Nasi Padang Restaurants” by a local radio station, the halal restaurant is made famous by its fabulous offerings of nasi padang Indonesian style such as ayam masak merah, sotong hitam, sambal goreng and much more. Also known for its catering services, MUSLIM Delights was the choice of Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah whose wedding party in February 2015 hosted 3,000 guests, as well as Radio DJ Syah Ibrahim who hosted 6,000 guests at his November 2014 wedding. MUSLIM Delights at TGC will provide theme parties such as Penang Fair, BBQ Fiesta, Arabian Night and much more.



For booking or event enquiry please call


We have 2 new BBQ Grills available for use with 2 time slots everyday!

11am to 3pm 6pm to 10pm

A non-refundable fee of $50.00 for each unit per time slot will be collected upon confirmation of booking. Bookings must be made in person at our Front Office counter. For more information, call us at 6554 2350 / 6550 2120 or email to services@

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