The new Wisma Geylang Serai (WSG) civic centre is set to open by the second week of May – just in time for the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on 17 May 2018. The centre will offer a wide range of community-related services and activities, as well as F&B and retail offerings.
Located at 1 Engku Aman Road, right next to the Geylang Serai Market, the newly constructed four-storey building’s design was inspired by traditional Malay houses. The complex will house a Malay Heritage Gallery, the New Geylang Serai Community Club, the South East Community Development Council office as well as studios and arts spaces by the National Arts Council (NAC).
Other facilities available for the community also include a senior care centre by the Ministry of Health and a childcare and family services centre by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Measuring over 29,000 sq m, the civic centre, which comes complete with common seating areas and a spacious plaza, will be hosting a series of events and activities in collaboration with various partners including the People’s Association’s Malay Activity Executive Committees Council (MESRA). One of which includes the annual cultural and musical show Gentarasa and a Hari Raya bazaar.
“The civic centre is meant for government agencies to come together to integrate certain services for the community and to also become a hub for the Malay community,” said Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Mohamad Maliki Osman during a media preview on Friday (9 Feb).
Maliki, who is a member of WSG’s newly-formed advisory panel, also said that the construction of WSG is currently 90 per cent complete and hopes that the People’s Association can to take over the building by April. The full list of tenants will be revealed later that month.
The opening of WSG takes place seven years after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the project during his National Day Rally speech in 2011. The new civic centre takes over the land that was previously home to the old Malay Village, which was demolished after its lease ended in 2011.
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