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PM Lee launches new neighbourhood messaging system

Residents living in the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol division of Hougang can subscribe to a messaging system which will alert them to developments within their neighbourhood, including dengue outbreaks.

SINGAPORE: Residents living in the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol division of Hougang can subscribe to a messaging system which will alert them to developments within their neighbourhood, including dengue outbreaks.

The CARE network, which stands for Community Action, Response & Engagement, is set up by the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC).

The initiative was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his evening visit on Sunday (July 13) to the area, which is run by the opposition.

The event featured a carnival and picnic, and is meant to be an early celebration of Singapore's 49th National Day.

Mr Lee said the network can be used to disseminate localised information -- whether it is good news or bad news -- on the haze or outbreaks such as SARS.

Bedok Reservoir-Punggol CCC chairman Victor Lye said: "With CARE, residents can be informed on a timely basis whenever there is a need. For example, residents can be alerted to community assistance in case of haze or dengue fever outbreaks.

“Unlike haze situations, the messaging can be more targeted in the event of dengue fever as it usually affects a localised cluster of residential units."

Mr Lee added that this initiative will be extended to the rest of Singapore.

"CARE also means we care for one another, look out for one another and do our part to improve our community. We'll do this in the whole of Singapore, regardless of who the MP is or which party runs the ward. So those in Aljunied and Hougang, we hope you can encourage your friends to join too," said Mr Lee. 

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