SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government will work hard to ensure that community clubs stay up to scratch.
He was speaking at the launch of Singapore's first observatory in the heartlands -- the Andromeda Observatory at the Woodlands Galaxy Community Club.
Mr Lee noted that having good quality amenities and activities will attract residents to facilities, citing the Woodlands club as an example of modernisation to vie for residents' attention.
He said clubs cannot be stuck in the past if they want to woo users.
Mr Lee felt that new facilities in community clubs play a role to make the "kampong spirit".
He said: "We talk often about bringing back to Singapore the "kampong spirit". Because we work long hours, we don't have enough time, or we wish we had more time to spend with our family, with our neighbours to develop bonds with the people who are important to us."
Mr Lee noted that community clubs allow Singaporeans to unwind, while bringing people of different races and religions together.
He said what is important in building the spirit of community togetherness is for residents to have causes they are passionate about. - CNA/ac
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