Updated: 06/21/2014 01:01

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Community Development Councils remain relevant



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Community Development Councils remain relevant

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Community Development Councils or CDCs remain relevant. 

That's because the needy will continue to require help, as extended family ties weaken. 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called on the community to be more involved, even though Singaporeans lead busier lives. 

"The government can't, and shouldn't, do everything." 

But PM Lee said one way in which the government is implementing policies better on the ground, is through the use of Social Service Offices or SSOs. 

And here's where the CDCs come in. 

They can run local programmes to complement the SSOs, and work with other government agencies to identify emerging needs and issues. 

"CDCs, hence, should to more to involve the private sector, by championing Corporate Social Responsiblity or encouraging companies to adopt local causes or partner VWOs. CDCs should promote volunteerism and a spirit of giving back." 

Mr Lee was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of five mayors. 

Two of them are new: 

Low Yen Ling - Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - has been appointed Mayor of South West District. 

And Denise Phua - Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC - has been appointed Mayor of the Central Singapore District. 

Dr Teo Ho Pin, Chairman of the Mayors' Committee and Mayor of North West District; Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mayor of North East District and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Mayor of South East District were re-appointed. 

-By Valerie Koh

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