23 Oct '11, 9am

Govt needs to acknowledge segments of populations left behind: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that even as the government continues to push for growth, it must acknowledge there is a segment of the population which feels it is left behind. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the official opening of an upgraded Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) centre at Yishun, Mr Shanmugam said the government must do all it can to help. The old Yishun Student Service Centre has been given a new look, and will serve not just students but workers and families too. Mr Shanmugam used the centre as an example of how those who fall behind can be given a helping hand. He said economic growth must remain a priority, and the challenge for the government is to stay ahead amid global competition. But at the same time, it needs to make sure that growth is inclusive. Mr Shanmugam said: "If you are not getting the fu...

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