Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Singapore: A New Chapter in the Writing

August 9 is special because this is the day Singaporeans celebrate National Day to mark the independence of the country. On this day, Singaporeans around the world would come together to rededicate their commitments for a harmonious and prosperous Singapore, our home.

Singapore gained independence in 1965. The city-state celebrated SG50, its golden jubilee year, with lots of meaningful and fun activities in 2015. However, the nation also lost its founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, in 2015. Under the leadership of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and his successors, our pioneers overcome many great challenges to build a successful Singapore, within the span of fifty years. With good governance and commited people, Singapore is now in a good shape to excel for years to come.

Looking beyond SG50, Singaporeans are renewing existing trade relationships and creating new ones with global partners. They are equipping themselves with skills and knowledge to excel in Science and Engineering, in the Arts, in Sports, and other areas. Many are taking up the challenge to innovate and create new solutions and technologies to improve the lives of people around the world. Others are exploring the opportunities to leverage new technologies for smart businesses and smart living.

I am hopeful that a new generation of Singaporeans will rise to thrive with many more Singapore success stories to tell.

On its 51st birthday, I wish for Singapore to succeed for the next 50 years.

Happy Birthday, Singapore. Majulah Singapura!