SINGAPORE, Aug 20 2017 : Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is happy that its Malay citizens are fully involved in the government’s efforts to build the country and prepare for the future.
“This commitment will drive us to progress and overcome the challenges together as a united society,” he said in his National Day Rally 2017 speech in Malay, here, today.
He said this was what Singapore’s first president Yusof Ishak envisioned 50 years ago.
“If he is still with us today, he will be happy to see how much progress we have made,” he said.
Lee said Singapore would soon have another credible Malay president if everything went well.
“I hope he or she will bring as much distinction and honour to the presidential institution, and be as well-loved and remembered by Singaporeans, as Yusof Ishak was.
“This is what will strengthen our racial harmony, our pride and love for Singapore.
“This is what will enable us to work even closer together to face whatever challenges that may come our way so that we can progress as one people, one Singapore,” Lee said.
In his speech, Lee also touched on three national issues, namely improving pre-school education, fighting diabetes and developing a Smart Nation.
“Pre-school education, which includes nurseries and kindergartens, is important as it helps individuals achieve their full potential at school, and at work and in life.
“I’m glad that more Malay children are getting pre-school education,” he said.
Lee said the government was improving the quality of pre-schools and enhancing teachers’ skills as well as ensuring affordability of pre-school education. – Bernama