Saturday, April 14, 2012

An inclusive society is achievable in next decade: DPM Tharman

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said an inclusive society is achievable in the next 10 years.

He was speaking to youths at a Mendaki symposium on Saturday morning.

Mr Tharman said the government is putting in place various policies and investing in training to raise productivity levels, to ensure that all Singaporeans, and not just those at the top, benefit from economic growth.

But he stressed that this is not just an economic strategy, but a social strategy as well.

He explained that if Singapore does not have a competitive and dynamic economy where everyone can do well and move up socially, it's very hard to achieve social cohesion.

Mr Tharman also urged youths at the symposium to volunteer and help the less fortunate.

This, he said, can go a long way in helping the less fortunate in the community level up.

Mr Tharman said: "When someone else spends time and effort to help when they needn't do it, the person receiving the help often changes and wants to do well and wants to live up to expectations. Small little acts on the ground, when you add it all up, feeds on itself. It becomes a culture of helping and a culture of responding to help which is extremely important. It's not all about government schemes, or about redistribution... it's also about culture."

- CNA/fa

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Source From Channel News Asia

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