Clan Associations Urged to Strengthen Social Fabric

How can our clan associations and community groups help to strengthen Singapore’s social fabric?

Speaking at the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) 30th anniversary gala dinner (10 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on clan associations to continue working with other ethnic and religious groups to strengthen Singapore’s social fabric. In particular, he highlighted the need to help young Singaporeans understand that the social harmony achieved in Singapore today has been “hard-won”.

PM Lee said that SFCCA and clan bodies remain an important pillar of the community because they have continued to embrace change. 

To keep up with the times, SFCCA has adapted its programmes and activities to attract new audiences. Besides organising events such as sports festivals to reach out to younger Singaporeans, it has set up scholarships for those who are strong in Chinese to further their studies at top universities in China. The federation’s Constitution on membership eligibility has also been amended to be more open and inclusive. 

PM Lee added that the SFCCA and clans are a useful bridge between the Government and Chinese community in communicating important policies in Mandarin. The Government will work through the Chinese Community Liaison Group, led by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing, to look after various groups within the Chinese community. 

Source: " Work to strengthen social fabric, PM urges clan elders" (The Straits Times, 10 November 2015)

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