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PM cites St Vincent de Paul as example of how groups can help needy

Published on Sep 29, 2013 8:04 AM
Diners singing along to the song Y.M.C.A, which was one of several popular 1970s hits, sung by a group from the Church of St Vincent de Paul in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The dinner was held at Orchid Country Club yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held up a Catholic parish as an example of how individuals and groups in society ought to roll up their sleeves and help one another.

While he reiterated his National Day Rally message in August that the Government was prepared to do more for those in need as Singapore entered a new phase, he sounded a reminder last night: it "cannot and should not do everything".

Where groups are better placed, they must not hesitate to "do the heavy lifting" like fund-raising, he said, noting that such good works reflect "the sort of people we are" and "the kind of society we would like Singapore to be".

Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Church of St Vincent de Paul, he said religious organisations, like welfare groups, have forged personal and community ties, so they "know who needs help, who deserves help and how to deliver the help".

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