​Political renewal key priority for PAP
PUBLISHED ON 30 May 2018
Political renewal is key for the PAP and new and younger talent is essential for the political leadership to remain fresh, energetic and in sync with the times.

Paying tribute to three retired Ministers Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Mr Lim Swee Say and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Prime Minister and PAP Secretary-General Mr Lee Hsien Loong at an Appreciation Dinner said Singapore's leadership has to be renewed, and new and younger talent brought in to understand and identify with the current generation. 

The political leadership has to be mindful of the people's aspirations and help them realise their needs and new possibilities for the future, said PM Lee.

Calling leadership renewal a difficult process, Mr Lee said that it is an important responsibility as a Prime Minister "to build a team that is on top of its job, has a full range of strengths and skills, and commands the confidence and support of the population."

"This is how the PAP Government works. Our duty is not only to look after the country well during our time in office, it is also to ensure that the country, and its future stay in good hands after we leave office," he said.

During the dinner, Mr Lee acknowledged the contributions of the Ministers, and thanked them for their service and dedication in the various ministries that they had helmed.  The three ministers had collectively served more than 70 years of public service and Mr Lee hoped younger Singaporeans would be inspired to come forward and serve. PM Lee also spoke about the three ministers attributes and their contributions to the success of Singapore.

Read PM Lee's remarks.