The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

First day of work for new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Acting Minister Lawrence Wong says it will 'nurture stronger communities'


On the first day of work at the newly-formed Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on Thursday, one of Acting Minister Lawrence Wong's first tasks was to meet and greet his new staff.

At its new headquarters in the Old Hill Street Police Station, he spent part of the morning speaking to employees and getting to know them, as the ministry's 200 or so staff began their first official day of operations.

MCCY will oversee the arts, heritage, sports, youth and community engagement - functions that were taken from the former ministries of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica).

These two have been restructured into the ministries of Social and Family Development (MSF), and Communications and Information (MCI), and had some of their statutory boards given to MCCY.