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Ng Eng Hen on President Tan's speech

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said President Tony Tan's address on Friday recognised that Singapore is in a strong position to tackle the future.

SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the President's address on Friday recognised that Singapore is in a strong position to tackle the future.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in his speech to reconvene Parliament after its mid-term break, had laid out broad goals for the government.

Dr Ng said the speech also acknowledged the contributions of pioneers as well as the work done in the last 20 years.

Another special aspect of the address was the focus on home and family.

Dr Ng said: "We decided that we wanted to put that upfront and we want to focus on... the softer aspects.

"We understand economic survival is very important, and defence and security is very important, but we wanted to focus more on what it means to have a family here, what it means to be a family here, what it means for each one of us...

"And this is something that Singaporeans will now have to ask themselves and we can work together to form, to build, a better home for ourselves."

Dr Ng was speaking to the media on Saturday on the sidelines of the Bishan-Toa Payoh constituency's community sports festival, where he and other MPs joined residents in various activities, including a mass walk.

Twenty-seven youths also received their Community Scholarship award.

About S$900,000 has been given out to 160 scholars since the constituency's scholarship was started in 2010.

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