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President Tan's speech affirms govt's shift towards social sector: ESM Goh

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said Singapore's economic growth, cost-of-living, infrastructure, transport and other hard issues are not being deemphasised, referring to President Tony Tan's speech in Parliament on Friday.

SINGAPORE: Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, referring to President Tony Tan Keng Yam's speech in Parliament on Friday, said it was an affirmation of the government's dramatic shift towards the social sector.

He stressed that economic growth, cost-of-living, infrastructure, transport and other hard issues are not being deemphasised.

In his Facebook post on Saturday, Mr Goh said these are bread-and-butter issues.

He said the shift means the social sector is playing catch-up.

He added there is much to do as social issues will define Singapore's politics as the country approaches its 50th birthday.

Mr Goh said he is heartened that the government will focus more on people, on individuals and their families.

This contrasts with the constant drone on statistics of growth and physical development.

Mr Goh stressed that for Singapore to be an endearing home, the yin and yang of development must be in balance and harmony.

The two forces, he added, are complementary and interconnected.

The cold, hard efficiency of development must be balanced by the warm, soft embrace of government.

The yin-yang model of development, he believes, is the right one to take Singaporeans as individuals and as a country into the future. 

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