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Support new facilities for senior citizens: PM Lee

They will benefit everyone; govt plans only part of solution, he says

Published on Oct 1, 2012 6:00 AM

Two days after plans were unveiled for more facilities for senior citizens to be built across Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged residents to support them, saying that they would ultimately benefit everyone.

But he also stressed that such government programmes can be only part of the solution to the challenge posed by an ageing population, and called on Singaporeans to do their part in taking care of seniors.

"I ask you all please support these plans, because they are for ourselves, for our own families, for the old people in our families, and for ourselves one day when we grow old - because one day we will all grow old," he said at a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration held by his Teck Ghee ward last night.

The Government announced last Friday that more than 100 facilities for seniors would be built within communities over the next three years at a cost of $500 million.

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