Prime Minister Lee together with NTUC Secretary General and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Senior Ministers of State, Ms Josephine Teo and Mr Heng Chee How visited the staff on duty at Changi Airport on the first day of Lunar New Year. In the face of a slowing economy, PM Lee called upon Singaporeans “to focus on skills upgrading, as well as giving productivity and training a bigger push.”
Mr Lee also commended the staff for their dedication and operational efficiency. “To keep operations running like clockwork on the ground and in the air, our airport staff work tirelessly, even on public holidays. Yet, they always keep a smile on their faces,” he said.
Separately, Ministers and Member Parliaments also visited the heartlands to wish Singaporeans a Happy Lunar New Year.
He went to petrol kiosks, clinics and also had “lo hei” with workers from the Nee Soon Town Council.
She commended the community effort, “Although some of our elderly may have no family, we have built a strong community in Henderson-Dawson and our elderly are looked after well by neighbours and volunteers.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Amrin Amin took the occasion to visit Chinese Temples in his constituency, tossing yu sheng and watching lion dances with his residents. He appreciated the social cohesion of Singaporeans saying, “We share the joys of each other, united together always, regardless of race, language or religion.”