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Former MM Lee Kuan Yew addresses constituents at National Day dinner

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew says Singapore's progress in the last two decades is "due to the work of our people".

SINGAPORE: Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew expressed confidence in Singapore's future at the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru 49th National Day Celebration dinner on Wednesday (Aug 13). He addressed the crowd for about two minutes and wished them a "Happy National Day".

He pointed out that Singapore has consistently made progress in the last 20 years. "That is something special. It is due to the work of our people," said Mr Lee. "I am confident that we will continue to make progress and make possible all the upgrading programmes that Indranee Rajah has mentioned. Without progress, without higher GDP every year, we will not be able to do this. It is because we have the necessary resources that we can proceed with all these obligations to our people."

Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing who was also at the event, spoke about the Pioneer Generation Package and MediShield Life scheme. He said these were rolled out to help give older Singaporeans a sense of assurance, and to alleviate the burden of young families taking care of their aged parents. These policies also aim to honour those who have contributed to Singapore's successes, especially those who have fewer means at their disposal. 

Mr Chan added that help will continue to be given to the middle- and middle-lower-income groups. This includes providing these groups with a good education foundation and continuous training, to help them seize opportunities and keep pace with the country's standard of living. He also gave assurance that the Government will create an environment where there are sufficient opportunities for people to showcase their talents. 

The minister said another aim of the Government is to ensure every Singaporean owns an asset - a HDB flat - so that everyone will have a stake in the country. He also advised against borrowing against the future, and stressed the importance of maintaining healthy reserves, so as to ensure that a financial burden is not passed on to future generations.

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