New focus for CDAC

The new CDAC chairman, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung speaks during the 4th Partner Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
The new CDAC chairman, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung speaks during the 4th Partner Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) will shift its focus to providing services for needy families.

This comes as the self-help group for the Chinese community adapts its programmes to keep pace with changes in government policy.

Over the years, the Government has been ramping up social assistance, noted new CDAC chairman Ong Ye Kung, who said: "CDAC will continue to have a key role to play, but we are also adjusting."

Meanwhile, self-help groups of various communities have come together to open a centre where needy families of all races can attend enrichment programmes. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said it will help grow the "spirit of mutual support" among them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'New focus for CDAC'. Print Edition | Subscribe