The next general election is not “masak masak” (Malay phrase to describe children playing house), it will decide if Singapore can sustain a good and stable Government that can safeguard the lives and well-being of Singaporeans, said Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP) Lee Hsien Loong.
Addressing 2,500 People’s Action Party (PAP) activists at the PAP65 Awards and Convention at the Singapore Expo, Prime Minister Lee told them that they must “convince Singaporeans to give us a strong mandate, not just to return a strong PAP government, but also to secure Singapore for the long term.”
Mr Lee set out the challenging external environment Singapore must navigate. He stressed that aside from a capable government, strong domestic support is crucial in managing these external issues.
“The unity of Singaporeans is our first line of defence…Others will be watching us closely to see if the PAP wins a strong mandate, especially at a time of leadership transition.”
He also outlined what the party must do to keep the electorate’s faith in the PAP, from maintaining people’s trust in the PAP, giving people hope for the future, and ensuring unity and social cohesion.
Mr Lee stressed that the electorate’s trust in the PAP must be sustained in every generation.
The party’s fourth generation team, led by 1st Secretary General Heng Swee Keat, has taken shape, he said, adding that they have a very difficult task and deserve full support across the party.
“Back them. They are our team. They are Singapore’s team,” he said.
Reiterating that PAP will continue to be the people’s champion, PM Lee said that the PAP will “work with them and for them to advance Singapore towards a better tomorrow.”
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