Tan Chuan-Jin urged Singaporeans to keep the ‘kampung spirit’ alive
Posted by temasektimes on June 10, 2012
Speaking during a community event in Yishun on Saturday, Mr Tan said the spirit of the kampung, which is the Malay word for village, can serve as a source of strength and a unique way to anchor Singaporeans to their country.
“To me the kampong spirit really is about getting together as a community, rather than on your own playing with your PSP or XBox or your iPad. … I think a lot of these games and the things you see here is about hands on experience, building your own toys, making your own games and actually playing it,” he said.
The carnival features kampung games such as “five-stones” and “capteh”, as well as a mini-exhibition on kampung life. Singapore was a Malay fishing village before Sir Stamford Raffles founded it in 1819 and turned it into a thriving port of call.
Mr Tan added that it takes a lot of ‘patience’ and ‘discipline’ to cultivate the kampung spirit:
“A lot of it is about patience. It’s not instant gratification and you need time, you need discipline. Which is something we don’t have a lot of. It also encourages children and adults to be more disciplined and to actually spend time building something.”