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    THEY ARE ON THE MARCH. THEY ARE ??? OF THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT AN MEMBERS OF?

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    THEY ARE ON THE MARCH. THEY ARE ??? OF THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT AN MEMBERS OF THE RULING PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY, TO GIVE A DAY'S VOLUNTARY LABOUR TO BUILD "LUNGS" FOR CONGESTED SINGAPORE.

    ARRIVING IN A LORRY HERE IS MINISTER FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MR. ONG KEG GUAN, WHOSE IDEA IT WAS TO MOSILISM VOLUNTARY LABOUR TO BUILD THE MOON-NEEDED PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS FOR SINGAPORE'S YOUNG GENERATION.

    MINISTER ONG (STRIPED HALT- SLEEVED SHIRT) WERE IS DISCUSSING THE PROJECT WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, MR. TOM CHIN CHYE CLASSES).

    IN HIS SPEECH, MR. ONG STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROJECT - THE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO A ??? IGNORED FOR A LONG TIME. CHILDREN BROUGHT UP IN THE CROWDED. ILL-VENTILATED CUBICLES OF SINGAPORE'S CHINATOWN, DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE FACILITIES TO SPEND THEIR LEISURE IN HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS. THE PARKS AND PROMENADES NOW BRING BUILT WITH VOLUNTARY LABOUR WILL GIVE A BIG FILLIP TO THIS FEED AND ENABLE THE CHILDREN - AND KLDKRS - TO SPEND THEIR LEISURE IN WIDE OPEN SPACES AWAY FROM THE DIN AND BUSTLE OF THE CROWDED STREETS.

    DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, DR. TON CHIN CHYE, CHAIRMAN OF THE PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTI AND TILL RECENTLY A READER IN PHYSIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA LEADS SIS PARTY THAN FOR THE TASK AHEAD.

    SYMBOLICALLY HE BREAKS THE SOD. NO EASY TASK THOUGH - DR. TOH, LIKE THE PRESENT WORLD INTELLECTUALS WAS BROUGHT UP DIVCRCMD FROM MANUAL LABOUR, BUT HE APPRECIATES THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR.

    THE VOLUNTEERS GO INTO ACTION. THERE WERE 13,000 OF THEM. ALL ACTIVITIES WERE PLANNED IN ADVANCE TO AVOID WASTAGE OF TIME AND EFFORT. THE VOLUNTEERS AT THIS DISUSED AIRPORT AT KALLANG SUBURB ARE DIGGING 500 HOLES FOR THE PLANTING OF TREES, DIGGING ONE LILLY AND CHILDREN'S PADDLING POND, FILLING POTHOLES, CLEANING DRAINS, PULLING UP ALL THE WEED AND GENERALLY CLEANING UP THE AREA.

    THEY ARE ALSO DIGGING A BIG HOLE FOR A SEPTIC TANK AND SWEEPING THE ENTIRE RUNAWAY AREA OF THE DISUSED AIRPORT.

    MAN AND WOMEN - MOST OF THEN UNACCUSTOMED TO ANY KIND OF MANUAL LABOUR - DID A GOOD DAY'S JOB - MAYBE THEY DIDN'T HANDLE THE JOB WITH THE PROFICIENCY OF THE PROFESSIONALS, BUT THE WILL WAS THERE. THEY ARE THE PIONEERS OF A MOVEMENT WHICH HAS ALL THE SIGNS OF GROWING INTO A NATIONAL EFFORT TO DO MUCH THAT COULD BE DONE WITHOUT LARGE FINANCIAL OUTLAY.

    TEAMS WARE DIGGING, WHILE OTHERS REMOVED THE EARTH AND DUMPED THEM IN SPECIFIED PLACES. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO NORMALLY HANDLE FILES IN THE OFFICE OR ATTEND TO THE TELEPHONES. PULLED UP THE OVER-GROWN WEEDS AND CLEANED UP THE GROUND.

    THE 13,000 VOLUNTEERS HAD TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH, BUT THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED SOFT DRINKS, DISTRIBUTED AGAIN BY WOMEN VOLUNTEERS. FOR ALTHOUGH SINGAPORE'S TROPICAL SUN DID NOT MAKE AND APPEARANCE TILL LATE IN THE MORNING, HEAVY MANUAL LABOUR TIRE OUT PEOPLE - EVEN THE VETERANS!
    IN ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY - THE SEAFRONT AT NICOL HIGHWAY, TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS WERE LAYING GRANITE ALONG THE EXISTING SEAWALL AND FILLING THE SPACE TO WIDEN THE FOOTPATH.

    THE AIM IS TO BUILD A FIRST-CALLS PROMENADE ALONG THE SEA FRONT SO THAT PEOPLE COULD HAVE A WHIFF OF FRESH AIR WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE IT.

    ALL BY VOLUNTARY EFFORT - THE NEWEST METHOD IN SINGAPORE TO MOBILIZE VOLUNTARY LABOUR TO PROVIDE AMENITIES FOR THE PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZBKB2K7MHXRMA6DLHH8ZY3OW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZBKB2K7MHXRMA6DLHH8ZY3OW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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