In the 1960s, Singapore began a massive public housing development programme in which the bulk of Singapore's rural population was moved into new high-rise Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats in housing estates. To ameliorate the effects of the dislocation and to foster community spirit in these new neighbourhoods, Residents' Committees (RCs) were introduced in 1978 to promote neighbourliness, harmony and community cohesiveness among residents living in HDB flats. RCs also help to organise activities for residents and work with government agencies to improve the living environment in the neighbourhoods.
RCs were first established in the HDB estates of Bedok, Marine Parade and Tanjong Pagar in April 1978. By June that same year, RCs were also set up in Ang Mo Kio, Boon Lay, Bukit Merah, Kolam Ayer and Toa Payoh. Similar to Citizens' Consultative Committees (CCCs), RCs initially came under the Prime Minister's Office and, later, the Ministry of Community Development. Since 1993, both RCs and CCCs have been operating under the umbrella of the People's Association.
1. Teo, B. H., Chen, H. L., & Lim, B. L. (1992, July). The development of residents' committees in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 2(2), 53–54. Call no.: RSING 361.307115 APJSW; Choo, W. H. (1978, April 4). 120 pioneers in novel form of community life. The Straits Times, p. 10; New resident committees set up in five estates. (1978, June 21). The Straits Times, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Teo, Chen & Lim, Jul 1992, p. 54.
3. The Straits Times, 4 Apr, 1978, p. 10; The Straits Times, 21 Jun 1978, p. 7.
4. Ministry unveils its unity logo. (1987, April 16). The Straits Times, p. 19. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. RCs and CCCs now come under PA’s wing. (1993, July 27). The Straits Times, p. 25. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
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