Speech by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth at the Committee of Supply Debate 2019
1 Translation: Last month, I came across a forum letter in Lianhe Zaobao, titled “Do not forget kind deeds just because they are small”, written by Mr Zheng Zhaorong. He said that while the large-scale programmes under SG Cares have served the community well, it is important to continue to perform small acts of kindness to each other. I agree with Mr Zheng. In his letter, Mr Zheng thanked a young Singaporean who helped him pick up a coin he had dropped while buying a drink. Such simple acts can have profound effects. As the Mandarin saying goes, “do not do bad deeds just because they are minor, also do not forget kind deeds just because they are small”. Acts of kindness come in all forms and sizes, and I hope Singaporeans will continue to show this spirit of care, as we partner citizens in building a more caring society.
2 Translation: Beyond improved infrastructure, it is important that our elderly continue to be uplifted by new experiences and skills. To this end, our heritage institutions, comprising the Malay Heritage Centre, Indian Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, have been developing Silver Hub initiatives, to develop enriching, senior-friendly programmes and serve as community spaces for our elderly to come together.
For example, we recently introduced ‘Reminiscence Walks’, a programme that is both facilitated and attended by seniors. Through this programme, senior volunteers will be trained to guide other seniors on tours of historic precincts. The interaction between seniors also serves as a therapeutic platform for bonds and friendships to be formed, reducing the risk of social isolation.