PM: Safety nets to be further strengthened

SINGAPORE - The Government is strengthening national safety nets and reviewing policies to extend more help to vulnerable groups.

The community is also rallying together to address social needs and reaching out in ways that the Government cannot do, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) said on Sunday.

We are living in a time of rapid change and uncertainty and this can be exciting for some, such as the young and highly-skilled.

But, Mr Lee said: "There will be some who will find it difficult to adjust, especially the older Singaporeans and perhaps also, the lower-income Singaporeans. They will need help to overcome the challenges they face.

"Whether it's cost of living, the cost of health care, or the widening income disparities, we need to focus on these people who need help and make sure that when we advance and move into the future, we all go together."

He was speaking at the official opening of the Pek Kio Community Centre.

He said a community centre acts as a bridge to the community and, in this case, also a bridge to the future, with facilities such as a theatre for performances, dance studios and an indoor sports hall.

The Pek Kio CC, which shares the facilities with Farrer Park Primary School, aims to maximise community resources while promoting greater involvement in community activities by students and parents. Other residents in the area will be able to use the facilities after school hours.

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