In his National Day Message 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on Singaporeans to keep “looking ahead, planning ahead, and staying ahead”.
Speaking at Bay East Garden, the eastern section of Gardens by the Bay, PM Lee described the efforts of Singapore’s forefathers who were able to see our nation’s potential and turn that “vision into reality”. PM Lee underscored that it was necessary for the present generation of Singaporeans to, in a similar vein, “look ahead and build for the next generation”.
PM Lee outlined issues especially pertinent to Singapore.
First, young Singaporeans need to be prepared for the new world. PM Lee noted the need for every child to have a good start in life, and a bright future. He said: “We have been investing in preschools, because the early childhood years make a big difference to children not just academically, but for life.”
Second, PM Lee highlighted one of the key reasons for ill health in old age is diabetes. Noting that nearly a third of those over the age of 60 have diabetes, PM Lee underscored the importance of taking responsibility for our health by living well.
Third, PM Lee discussed Singapore’s aim to be a Smart Nation. He noted the advancements of other countries, and highlighted that Singapore needs to do much better by catching up with these countries. In this way, Singaporeans can improve their lives and make Singapore a “fun and happening place”.