Singaporeans value strong family ties

14:48, June 27, 2010      

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A survey has found that the five Singapore Family Values, first outlined in 1993, remained entrenched in today's society despite nearly 20 years of economic and societal changes.

In the survey conducted by the National Family Council (NFC) of Singapore and released on Saturday, 87 percent of 1,500 Singaporeans and permanent residents polled said they would not place parents in nursing or old-age homes, according to Sunday's Straits Times.

The survey showed at least 80 percent of respondents backing the five values: love; care and concern; mutual respect; filial responsibility; commitment; and communication. Another positive: nine in 10 put family as their top priority.

Speaking at a carnival to mark the end of the month-long National Family Celebrations on Saturday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said strong and stable families were the foundation of society, stressing the need to keep family ties strong.

The good news by and large is that Singaporeans still retain strong family values and the Prime Minister said the country must strive to keep it this way, local media Channel NewsAsia reported.

Source: Xinhua


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