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Helping the vulnerable: It takes a kampung

A mother beams as her five children play at an outdoor carnival, trying out bumper cars, going on a mini-roller coaster and whirling on a colourful swing ride. Pausing, the giggling riders take selfies with friends from their neighbourhood who are also visiting the fair.

For Ms Siti Nurhafizah, the outing was a rare treat, and also a chance for her family to mingle at leisure with their neighbours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2020, with the headline 'It takes a kampung'. Print Edition | Subscribe