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PM Lee Hsien Loong shares his views on what makes a city liveable

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:45 PM
 
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gives his take on urban liveability and describes his hopes for his country 100 years ahead. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO

In this interview on 3 April 2014 with Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye and Koh Buck Song of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gives his take on urban liveability and describes his hopes for his country 100 years ahead. He also reveals which other cities he looks to, and what tips Singapore might offer on sustaining a liveable city that meets everyday needs while also fulfilling the human spirit.

Q: Of all the many aspects of liveability, which are the ones really close to your heart?

A: A liveable city is a place where people can live, work and play, and fulfil the human spirit. You want to be able to live well - good homes, good neighbourhoods, orderly and safe streets and environment. You must be able to work well - there must be jobs, opportunities, economic growth. You must be able to play well - which means a green environment, and opportunities for leisure, culture, the human spirit. To bring them all together, you must have the governance to make the "big software" work, to pull it all together so that when people come to this place, they say: "Yes, I want to be here."

Q: Is there a personal anecdote, something that really struck you in your early life or career, that comes close to the heart of liveability?

 
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