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PM Lee Emphasizes Need For Strong Family Foundation
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1233369/1/.html
Source Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Singapore
Created: Oct 24, 2012

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has once again underscored the importance of strong families in the country.

Mr Lee said a fair share of residents he met during his Meet-The-People session on Wednesday at his Teck Ghee and Ang Mo Kio GRC divisions were those with housing problems.

But he added that the root cause was family breakups.

Sharing some cases on his Facebook page, Mr Lee recounted one incident.

The resident he saw was locked out of his marital home years back, recently divorced, and has transferred the flat to his ex-wife.

Another recent divorcee has to sell her flat, leaving her and her teenage daughter to fend for themselves, with no other relatives to fall back on.

In both cases, they had asked him for HDB rental flats.

Mr Lee said he often receives such messages through Facebook too.

The Prime Minister explained that family breakups led to many other problems - housing, financial difficulties, custody of children, among other things.

But ultimately Mr Lee said the family members have to work things out themselves, and ideally avoid breaking up in the first place.

- CNA/ck
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