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Community Centres
CCs or Community centres have played a significant part in the lives of many Singaporeans. In a country where races mix and interact closely with each other, the CC becomes a neighbourhood hub for activities and events, building closer ties and strengthening racial harmony.
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Jelutung @ Canberra Community Club

Located in the vicinity of the old Sembawang Town, where bakeries and a cinema, among others, use to stand, Canberra Constituency is now a cluster of modern public dwellings. Formed in January 2002, Canberra ran it's Community Centre out of a HDB flat in Yishun before moving into a void deck office in Sembawang on August 2002.  To complement the young and vibrant community's lifestyle, it was decided to take up the challenge of building a Community Club in 2003. A Clubhouse that will have the feel of being Hip and Vibrant, where the colours on the walls will be bright and bold .  Activities were started to raise funds.  With the generous help and support of businesses and the community, the $1.2 million needed to start the piling work of the club  was raised in 3 years, an unprecedented short amount of time.  

Thus, in late 2007 we saw the birth of the Jelutung @ Canberra Community Club. The name Jelutung was chosen to signify the Jelutung Tree, very much synonymous with the progress of the community, a fast growing and steady tree.  The sap of the Jelutung Tree is also use as raw materials for chewing gum, symbolising the strong bonding of the young community, sweet and strong. 

 

 

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12th July 2008
It was a beautiful, clear day and we were fortunate to have Dr Lim Wee Kiak, *MP for Sembawang *GRC available to join us for the VR photo shoot. The children you see in the VR attend kindergartens in the community, as well as participate in the Club's enrichment activities, the malay girls dressed in black are part of a traditional-modern fusion dance group and the boys in orange form part of the *kompang ensemble.


*MP - Member of Parliament
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GRC - Group Representation Constituency
*kompang - it is a popular Malay traditional instrument and is widely used for all sorts of social occasions, from National Day parades and official functions to signal the arrival of VIPs to wedding ceremonies and football matches. Resembling and played in a manner similar to the tambourine, the kompang is approximately 40cm in diameter, with a narrow circular frame called the balos made out of the dried wood of the balau tree, that is covered with a goat hide skin on one side. This hand drum is most commonly played in various rhythmic composite patterns, sometimes to accompany the choral singing of zikir.