[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

[Remaking our CCs]
Last Friday night, several post-65 MPs such as Mr Teo Ser Luck, Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Zaqy Mohamad met up with youths at the Singapore Management University to solicit feedback on how to improve community clubs in Singapore.

The session kicked off with the question was whether CCs are relevant in today's context. My friend Kenneth spoke about the old days where people had no TV sets and they gathered at CCs to watch TV.

I tossed the idea of whether it would make sense for CCs to be an integrated place - with a swimming pool, sporting faclilities etc. all in one building. This would allow families to converge there and create buzz.

Other topics discussed also included why youths do not come to the CCs or volunteer their time to help out in community activities.

It was a marketplace of diverse ideas. Everyone seemed to have good ideas but when challenged to turn those ideas into reality, the excuses came in fast and furious.

Some said they had no time. Others are involved in other organisations elsewhere.

The future success of grassroots organisations rely heavily on the youth. Unless there is new blood injected and renewal, grassroots organisations will not be able to fullfil the very purpose it was set up for.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sure, toss in a swimming pool to create a feel of an "integrated club"...

LOL you're young and naive. dun you know by now that the pap gahmen doesn't ever want to "subsidize" anything at all, even if it is for the sake for builiding community spirit?

keep thinking FOR singaporeans and you'll find yourself booted out of the pap camp and have to join the oppo!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:28:00 am


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