20 Mar '11, 7am

S'pore can learn and draw inspiration from crises responses, says DPM Teo

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean said Singapore can learn from the way people in Australia and Japan responded in crises. He said their stoicism in the face of adversity and determination to rebuild their lives serve as inspiration for Singaporeans. "If you look at what's happened in Japan during the crisis, the way they've come together to help each other is really quite dramatic. It shows the strength of the community spirit, and this has to be built up over a period of time," said Mr Teo. He said this at the launch of a nation-wide emergency preparedness programme specially for private estates on Sunday morning in Serangoon. Coordinated by People's Association, the Emergency Preparedness 123 programme has three elements. First, it offers subsidised courses like life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for residents. Secon...

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