PM Lee: Government will work with religious groups to help people

PM Lee: Government will work with religious groups to help people

SINGAPORE - The Government will do more to improve the lives of Singaporeans but it cannot and should not do everything, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday.

Government aid, given unconditionally, fosters an entitlement mentality, instead of a sense of mutual obligation and gratitude between volunteers and beneficiaries, he said.

"In many areas, we depend on religious organisations... because they are better placed than the government to help, because they have forged personal and community ties... and they know who needs help, and who deserves help, and how to deliver the help," he said at the 50th anniversary dinner of the Church of St Vincent de Paul.


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