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Kampung spirit can be recreated if more people volunteer: Desmond Lee

Published on Mar 23, 2014 7:30 PM

The sweltering Sunday sun did not stop Jurong residents from going down to their community center to meet their neighbours, learn about popular religions and have a taste of foreign cuisines.

Such participation in community-building activities is necessary to recreate the "kampung spirit" of yesteryear, said Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee. More people should also volunteer with grassroots groups, he added.

"We can only recreate a kampung heartland if that's what you want your neighbourhood to be," said the Jurong GRC Member of Parliament at a community event called Jurong Spring Cultural Journey.

About 600 residents turned up for the activity, the first of Jurong Spring Community Centre's events to have an international flavour, featuring the cultures of groups including the Chinese, Thai, Spanish and Filipino.

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