PM Lee: Singapore is like a unicorn


On the same day as the Nomination proceedings for the General Elections, Secretary General of the ruling People’s Action Party and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a Press conference at the PAP Headquarters to speak with the media.

He likened Singapore to a unicorn, which he said “is a special animal, no other in the world”.

“Will we remain a unicorn, special, or become just like everyone else?”

Here are 5 points that he made:

1.) The future of the country is at stake


“I think there is a lot at stake as this is an SG50 election. The country is at a turning point. The question is what direction do we now go. We have done well so far. It has been an upward journey and an exhilarating trip. The question is where do we now go. Continue up, level off or go down. ”

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


2.) Elections to choose next Government

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“When people vote next week on Friday 11 September they will be voting the new government of Singapore… you’re choosing the team of leaders who are going to be around for many more terms if they’re successful, and can ensure a good Government beyond me and my senior colleagues…”

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


3.) Elections to decide direction of Singapore


‘You’re looking at the direction for Singapore for the next 50 years. It’s not an exaggeration to say this because this is  a turning point. We’re not only celebrating but also soul-searching.”

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


4.) AHPETC is a serious issue


“I think AHPETC has got serious issues. Questions of governance, viability, propriety. More fact have come out over the last few days that the Workers’ Party will have to address and explain. It’s regrettable that they haven’t been addressed satisfactorily up to now. I think it’s something voters will notice.”

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


5.) Disappointing performance


“The opposition frankly has been disappointing, because when you go for election rallies, it’s very easy to make fierce rousing speeches. But when they come to Parliament, none of these issues are raised. Because they know that if in Parliament they raise those issues, face to face, in debate, they’ll be pinned down and the fallacies and insincerities will be exposed.”

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


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RS Rama has covered political news and Parliamentary budget sittings for nearly 25 years and continues to be a keen watcher on political developments and issues that matter to the man in the street in Singapore.

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