10,000 trees to be planted islandwide in commemoration of Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy of a green and sustainable Singapore
As part of the nationwide commemoration of the birth centenary of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the People’s Action Party (PAP) will mark the occasion with a series of community initiatives that honour its founding Secretary-General’s bold vision, and the values he lived by, fought for, and ultimately guided both the Party and Singapore with.
Its LKY100 line-up will include community dialogues, public programmes, as well as Tree Planting Days – a nationwide initiative that was launched today, inviting Singaporeans to join in the planting of some 10,000 trees across the island. At the kick-off event today, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, together with Members of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC Josephine Teo, Heng Chee How, Denise Phua and Wan Rizal, joined 100 families residing in Jalan Besar GRC to plant 100 trees at the green spaces around Saint George’s Lane.
DPM Wong said, “Mr Lee devoted his life entirely to building Singapore and advancing the well-being of all Singaporeans. His ideals and convictions shaped the mission of the People’s Action Party from its beginning, and helped to raise living standards for successive generations of Singaporeans. In these challenging times, I hope the same ideals and values will inspire a new generation of Singaporeans – to face the future with guts and gumption, to continue defying the odds, and to build a better Singapore together.”
Taking action for a green and sustainable Singapore
Mr Lee first introduced the ‘Garden City’ vision in May 1967 with the goal of transforming Singapore into a city with abundant lush greenery and a clean environment, improving the quality of life and making Singapore a destination for the world. Today, the LKY100 Tree Planting Day celebrates that vision-turned-reality, while symbolically reiterating the shared responsibility all Singaporeans share: to keep Singapore sustainable and green for tomorrow’s generation.
Dr Wan Rizal, Chairman of the PAP’s Action for Green Towns (AGT) Taskforce and Jalan Besar Town Council, added, “Every generation of Singaporean has benefited from Mr Lee’s national effort, as Singapore transformed from ‘Garden City’ to ‘City in Nature’. We inherited all this, but this also inherently makes us all stewards for our future generations. I welcome everyone to join us in playing a part towards taking Action for Green Towns. Together, let us do our best to uphold Mr Lee’s vision of a clean, green sustainable city.”
All 15 PAP Town Councils will organise LKY100 Tree Planting Days in the coming months, and Singaporeans are invited to join in the efforts. To participate, residents may reach out to their respective neighbourhood’s PAP Town Councils.
More information on other LKY100 initiatives will be announced at www.pap.org.sg/LKY100/.
Refer to Wan Rizal’s opening address.
The People’s Action Party marks the birth centenary of our founding Secretary-General Mr Lee Kuan Yew with a commemoration of his bold vision and values for the Party and Singapore.
As part of LKY100, the Party will introduce a line-up of initiatives that honours his ideals and hopes to inspire a new generation of Singaporeans. These include the planting of 10,000 trees through Tree Planting Days held across all 15 PAP Town Councils, community dialogues and public programmes. For more information, visit www.pap.org.sg/LKY100/.