Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined three factors behind the strong mandate for the People’s Action Party (PAP) at the General Election (GE) 2015 - hard work, policy changes, and Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. He was speaking at the PAP Convention on 6 December.
Through its policy changes and plans for Singapore’s future, the Government made progress in areas that Singaporeans were concerned about such as housing, transport, immigration and healthcare. For example, the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) was introduced to help ease worries over healthcare costs, while the SkillsFuture initiative showed that the Government is planning for the future.
Nevertheless, PM Lee said that there remains work to be done, citing how Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan is looking into public transport improvements, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong is working on MediShield Life and new hospitals and polyclinics, and Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo is looking into population issues.
Another factor highlighted by PM Lee was Singaporeans’ sense of national identity which was strengthened by the nation’s Golden Jubilee and the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. These events reminded Singaporeans that it took a united people for Singapore to succeed, he said.
PM Lee also said that the hard work by the party’s Members of Parliament (MPs) in serving their residents over the last four years and before had paid off. He called on MPs to be sincere and to serve humbly.
Source: “Hard work, policy changes, Jubilee Year helped PAP win poll, says PM” (TODAY, 6 Dec 2015); “Three Factors Key to Strong Win in Polls” (The Straits Times, 7 Dec 2015)