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'Great' response to HDB's Good Neighbours Project: Khaw

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan lauds HDB initiative that enabled 35 resident-led activities to foster neighbourliness.

SINGAPORE: National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the response to the Housing and Development Board's (HDB) Good Neighbours Project, which promotes activities involving residents, has been "great".

In his blogpost on Friday (May 23), Mr Khaw said the Good Neighbours Project was borne out of the desire to enourage neighbourliness and keep the "old kampung spirit alive in the HDB heartlands".

A total of 78 proposals by residents were submitted, out of which 35 projects were chosen and implemented, Mr Khaw said. Of the 35, 20 were by students under the Youth category while 15 were by residents under the Community category. The shortlisted applicants saw their projects implemented in March and April this year.

HDB said seed funding of S$1,000 was provided to fund each of the 35 projects.

Citing one example of a student-led project, Mr Khaw wrote: "Ten students from Chong Zheng Primary School put together an entertaining skit on how neighbours can resolve squabbles amicably. Disagreements may sometimes be hard to avoid, but good neighbourliness can help to minimise this."

Another project he cited saw four neighbours organise two Health Awareness Days for their neighbours in Tampines. Participants mingled and got to learn more about fitness and healthy eating.

All 35 projects will be featured during the HDB Community Week, which will take place at the HDB Hub from this weekend. The Good Neighbours Showcase will run from May 24 to June 1.

The top three teams from both the Community and Youth categories will each stand to receive plaques and up to S$2,000 in prizes.

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