As a fitting finale to its 60th anniversary celebration, the People’s Action Party (PAP) vowed to uphold the guiding principles of its founding fathers by continuing to be a national movement, dedicated to the service of Singapore and to the advancement of the well-being of all Singaporeans.
At the PAP60 Party Rally, which was attended by more than 6,000 members, Secretary-General of the PAP and Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, highlighted the goals of the Party – to ensure a Nation of Opportunity, to uphold a Fair and Just Society and to nurture a Democracy of Deeds.
Secretary General Lee reiterated that there much was at stake for Singapore and Singaporeans if the goals are not met. “Our future is at stake, because if Singapore does not remain a nation of opportunity, our children will have no future. Our society is at stake, because if we do not uphold a Fair and Just society, our society will be pulled apart. Most importantly, our country is at stake, because if the PAP falters, Singapore will be in deep trouble,” he said.
Highlighting the recent policies introduced by the PAP government to enhance the lives of all Singaporeans, from the young to the old, from the skilled to the unskilled, to the less well-off and the disabled, Secretary-General Lee promised that the PAP government will be there to support Singapore and Singaporeans, as it has for the past six decades.
Describing the PAP as an “inclusive party that looks after the interests of a broad range of Singaporeans” Secretary General Lee said: “We have to be fair to all groups, we balance each groups’ interests against the others and we do what is best for Singapore.”
Self-renewal and having a leadership that will ensure Singapore’s progress was also an important concern raised by the Secretary General. He said, “We have a duty to renew ourselves and to build a leadership for Singapore, and to provide a leadership to Singapore to take the country forward. Our responsibility is not just to lead the country well now, but to ensure that Singapore will be led competently well into the future.”
Before the Rally, the PAP Cadres approved the amendments to the Party Constitution at the Party Conference and voted in a new Central Executive Committee to replace the outgoing committee.
Party Chairman Khaw Boon Wan, in his address to the cadre members at the Conference, said: “We, the PAP, must continue to be a national movement dedicated to representing and serving all Singaporeans. Our Party must seek to encompass all strata of society. Whether worker or employer, whether Malay, Chinese, Indian or Eurasian, whether young or old, all must feel that our Party cares about them, and will look after their interests. We must be responsive to their immediate concerns. At the same time, we must be responsible and ensure that our policies can be funded and sustained over the longer-term.”
To commemorate its sixtieth anniversary, the People’s Action Party had earlier held a series of major events, namely the PAP60 Commemorative event and book launch at the Victoria Concert Hall – the birthplace of the People’s Action Party – on November 7.and the PAP60 Dinner and Awards Ceremony on November 22 at the Singapore Expo.
Secretary General speech in Mandarin at PAP60 Party Rally 2014
Secretary General Speech in Malay at the PAP60 Party Rally 2014
Secretary General English Speech at PAP60 Party Rally 2014