PA must refresh itself, reach out to wider group of Singaporeans and stay connected to youths: Lawrence Wong

SINGAPORE: As part of the effort to cool, the People’s Association (AP) can do more to attract the broader group of Singaporeans who want to participate and do something for the community, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence said Saturday Wong 29) .

To nurture them the habit of engagement, the PA can offer platforms that go beyond the current basic structures and offer less structured and more flexible opportunities, he added.

Speaking at the PA 2022 community seminar at our Tampines hub, Wong said the PA is an integral part of the “Forward Singapore” exercise: Engage Singaporeans on how to update and update the Social Compact and ensure Singapore remains. a high level of trust in society.

“Over the past few months, we’ve heard many Singaporeans tell us how we can keep moving forward on our nation-building journey, what changes we need to make. And the government will take these views into account and we will carefully consider how to adapt our policies, “she added.

With that in mind, it’s important to think about how the PA should cool off, Wong said.

Although it has become synonymous with community activities and events in Singapore housing estates, the PA’s job is not to be an event planner, he pointed out. Instead, events are a means to achieve the more important goal of building cohesive communities, Wong said.


One way the AP is to work closely with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to create opportunities for residents to take an active role in animating shared spaces in their neighborhoods, he said. To explain.

“The PA can help bring together groups of like-minded Singaporeans to undertake projects on issues and causes they are passionate about,” he added.

Mr. Wong stressed that the association is in a good position to do so as it knows the needs on the ground and has networks to engage other stakeholders and partners as needed.

To help more residents with different interests get involved in the community, the PA will introduce the Community Volunteer Program, which will give them more flexibility in choosing the causes they want to contribute to and determining their level of volunteering. commitment, she said in an information sheet. Saturday.

The PA will match these volunteers to available opportunities or work with them to identify community needs and facilitate grassroots projects. It will also connect volunteers to networks and resources and work with partners and other agencies to share volunteer opportunities.

Starting next year, the PA will gradually roll out the initiative and offer an enabling grant of up to S $ 1,000 per project to further support volunteer efforts.

Interested individuals or groups who would like to learn more about the Community Volunteer program can contact any community center or community club.

“We must always live up to the aspirations of our people, grow with them. And it is also important to see how we can improve our relations with them, especially in a post-pandemic environment, “Palestinian Authority Vice President and Minister of Culture, Community and Health, Edwin Tong, told reporters. , in the margins of the community seminar.

“So these are some of the steps we are taking, including working with different community volunteers, supporting the causes they care about, building a relationship with them and also seeing how we can do better in terms of supporting those activities. organically created and started.
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