Ang Mo Kio was the first area in which the idea of a Town Council was born. In the year 1984, then Member of Parliament for Kebun Baru, Mr Lim Boon Heng, devised an idea of having a local resident committee headed by a Member of Parliament. This was meant to give more voice to the residents regarding matters of their own housing estates and to see what improvements could be made to better manage the estate. Previously, these housing estate matters were meant to be spearheaded and taken care of by the Housing Development Board (HDB). By allowing the local residents more say in housing estate matters, they are able to develop a sense of ownership and identity. Ang Mo Kio was chosen to develop this concept as the area was relatively new and required less maintenance.There were a total of three Town Councils established, namely the Ang Mo Kio West, Ang Mo Kio East and Ang Mo Kio South. These Town Councils operated from the HDB area offices. As the Ang Mo Kio model became a success, it was refined to standardise the regulations across Singapore through the 1988 Town Council Act. The main office here today manages the estate through four offices.