Dear fellow Singaporeans,
Congratulations and best wishes to all Singaporeans on this 50th National Day. It is indeed a time to give thanks for what we have achieved over the past 50 years to-date. And it is a day that we can stand proud as an independent nation and an independent people in today’s globalized world.
We have been celebrating SG50 since the start of this year, and we have heard countless times the achievements we have attained, and how far we have come from our past.
Singapore – the achievement of every one
I would like to thank each and every one of your forefathers, who played a part in building Singapore to what it is today. Singapore is not the achievement of one man, or a band of men. It is the achievement of every Singaporean man and woman who have lived through the tumultuous years of the 1960s, till today. Singapore therefore is a shared achievement of each and every Singaporean. We should all stand proud this 50th National Day.
However, our forefathers have passed away, our first-and-second-generation political leaders are fast retiring. And the challenges that we face today as Singapore, are far more complex than before. SG50 is a time for rejoicing, but it is also a time for awakening.
The international economy is challenging. China is slowing down. India is rising. Next-door countries like Indonesia and Philippines are taking off. Domestic issues are spilling over to other countries. The Rohinga refugees and ISIS militants are at our doorsteps. International monetary flows are cross-border tax regimes are getting tighter. And we in Singapore are being fast drawn into the storm.
Immigrants and overcrowding in Singapore, the rising gap between the rich and the poor, fast but poor quality construction around us, hospital bed crunch and public transport disruptions, all these are very real, but they are also symptoms of much larger regional and global forces at play, and we are being hit no differently from every other key globalized city in the world.
So as we celebrate and rejoice in how far we have come over the past 50 years, let us also wake up and take a good hard look at how we are going to weather the storm and continue to survive and succeed in the coming 50 years.
Your contribution to Singapore
At this 50th National Day, I would like to strongly urge all Singaporeans to step forward and contribute strongly to Singapore’s next 50 years in three key ways:
· Give of yourself and what you have to fellow Singaporeans around you in need. Build our community from ground-up, starting with yourself
· Lift up your heads and see our shared challenges, and lets pull together and find solutions, not break apart by throwing stones
· Step into community, social and political leadership, at the grassroots or nationally. Our country urgently need a new generation of community and political leaders, whatever the colour
So stand up for Singapore – not just for the national anthem, or the parade, but for the interest and well-being of your family, your future. And don’t just stand up, step forth. Singapore needs you. To be interested. To be involved. To participate. To Lead.
This is OUR Singapore. This is YOUR Singapore. Lets together create the next 50 years for ourselves and our families. Majulah Singapura!
Democratic Progressive Party