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Lee Hsien Loong
Addressed brothers and sisters at the @ntucsingapore National Delegates’ Conference this morning. I have been attending these for more than 20 years! This year’s conference is special because it marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Modernization Seminar, a pivotal moment for both the NTUC and the @PAPSingapore. I spoke about how the NTUC started, and its symbiotic relationship with the PAP. As the government worked to create growth and prosperity, the Labour Movement has played its part, advancing workers’ interests and ensuring that they enjoy the fruits of their labour. So we have grown and thrived together, seen through crises, and improved our lives. We live in uncertain times. The PAP government will continue working closely with the NTUC to deliver on our fundamental objective: to ensure that workers and their families continue to make progress and have better lives! You can watch my speech here on the PMO YouTube channel (click on the link in my profile). – LHL (MCI Photos by Clement)
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One of my most enjoyable events every year is the PCF Sparkletots Graduation Ceremony – the performances by the children, the pride of parents witnessing their children reaching this milestone, and the teachers who are happy yet sad to see their students leave and embark on the next step of their education journey. This year the students put up a charming performance inspired by #SGBicentennial. For generations, Singaporeans have worked hard to ensure a better future for their children. We will continue to do this – be bold in our ambitions and dream bigger for Singapore, so our children can reach for the sky and fly the flag high. – LHL ([1,2,5] Photo by me, [3,4,6-7] MCI Photos by Clement)
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“Run, Hide, Tell” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have attended an #SGSecure Roadshow, you would be familiar with this response of what to do in the event of a terror attack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My fellow AMK GRC advisors and I got to practise this at today’s roadshow at Ang Mo Kio Central. We also toured the experiential zone and went through a simulated terror attack in a cinema. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SGSecure movement is now in its third year. @mhasingapore and the Home Team have worked hard to reach out to communities and prepare the public in case the worst should happen. It reminds us that we all have a part to play during an emergency. Let us Stay Alert, Stay United, and Stay Strong! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WeMakeSGSecure ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Chwee) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sat down for a dialogue at the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) yesterday. For the last 50 years, Japanese companies in Singapore have made vital contributions to our economy, and weathered economic challenges together with us.⠀ ⠀ Singapore and Japan are both mature economies with rapidly ageing populations. We are adapting our economy and policies to address these challenges, and learning from Japan on this front. I spoke about this and other issues such as China’s role in the global trading system, the importance of free trade and multilateralism, and how we are encouraging Singaporeans to have more babies!⠀ ⠀ You can watch the full dialogue on the PMO YouTube channel (click on the link in my profile). – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photo by Jiawen)
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Welcomed President @jokowi to the Istana today for the yearly Leaders’ Retreat. This is our first retreat after his re-election. Singapore-Indonesia bilateral ties are warm and strong. Cooperation is extensive, across the economic, people-to-people, and security sectors. President Jokowi and I agreed to work on some long-standing issues and to find durable, mutually-beneficial solutions for them. We have built a relationship of trust and cooperation during President Jokowi’s first term. I look forward to deepening our relationship with him and his team during his second term. 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 – LHL ([1, 3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua, [2,4] MCI Photos by Clement)
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Will be meeting Indonesian President @jokowi today for the annual Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have a deep and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with Indonesia that encompasses economic, defence, and people-to-people ties. @mfa_sg made this short video to highlight some of our key collaborations. Look forward to doing more with Indonesia! 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 – LHL
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Sat down with @CNN’s @fareedzakaria for an interview when I was in New York last week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We spoke on the situation in Hong Kong, as well as US-China relations and how it affects the rest of the world. If US-China relations are not stable and not amicable, it is much harder for all of us. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Betty Chua)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It was a very special evening last night. President @halimahyacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, hosted a celebration at the Istana to mark the finale of a year-long commemoration of the Istana's 150th anniversary.⠀ ⠀ Singaporeans from all walks of life joined Puan Noor Aishah, wife of our first president Encik Yusof Ishak, Mrs Urmila Nathan, the wife of former president, the late Mr S. R. Nathan, and former President Tony Tan and his wife Mary, at the Istana for an evening of live musical performances and food. The night’s events culminated in the Istana’s first-ever light show, projected on the facade of the Istana main building.⠀ ⠀ Since it was completed in 1869, the Istana has hosted countless guests from near and far, and has been the site of many historic moments and diplomatic engagements. It stands proudly today as one of Singapore’s oldest heritage buildings, and as a distinguished institution of our nation.⠀ ⠀ In this meaningful Bicentennial year, when we commemorate the past and set our sights ahead, I hope we will celebrate our history and continue building upon it. The world will probably look quite different by the time the Istana next celebrates its next major milestone, but I am confident that Singapore will persevere and progress. – LHL⠀ ⠀ ([1-4] Photos by me; [5-7] MCI Photo by Betty Chua)⠀
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Spent a fun morning with kids and their families at the annual PCF Family Day. The theme this year was ‘Together for our Future’, an apt one for our #SGBicentennial year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We all play a part in building Singapore, and it is our responsibility to give our young every opportunity to succeed. Our young children are why we make so many long-term plans – for Singapore, but actually for them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the things we are doing is providing more childcare spaces. Last year, we converted 50 PCF Kindergartens to full-day childcare centres. We will convert another 80 within the next 4 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are looking at new approaches, too! One new PCF centre, in Radin Mas, will share the space with a nursing home, so that young and old can bond across generations. The young can interact with the seniors and learn from their experiences, and the older folks can help keep an eye on them as well! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every generation builds on the foundations left by the previous generation, and leaves a better home for the next. I hope we can continue working together, to build a brighter future! – LHL⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Enjoyed an evening of splendid and rousing performances under the baton of Maestro Tsung Yeh at the @singaporechineseorchestra’s fundraising gala dinner yesterday.⠀ ⠀ The SCO just came back from their tour in Europe, performing their unique Nanyang music to rapturous applause and standing ovations. We were treated to a number of pieces from their tour, as well as compositions based on local songs such as “Singapura, Sunny Island” to commemorate our Bicentennial. Proud that the SCO has cultivated a strong following of its music locally and abroad.⠀ ⠀ Also delighted that the SCO raised $1.25 million this year! Many thanks to the donors for their generous contributions, and the fundraising committee for their efforts in keeping Chinese arts and culture flourishing. I am confident the SCO will continue to soar to greater artistic heights! – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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Since I was in the western part of Singapore for the Tuas Port groundbreaking, I paid a visit to Sultan Shoal – a speck of an island smaller than a football pitch. Located 5.5km from the mainland, between Jurong Island and the upcoming Tuas Port, it is home to a 124-year-old lighthouse, a man-made lagoon, and the old PSA holiday chalets. The light in the Sultan Shoal Lighthouse originally comprised a cluster of three single wick oil lamps. Now, it has an LED beacon that uses solar power. Automated, and managed by a lean team from MPA, the beacon guides ships and mariners safely into our harbour and beyond. – LHL ([1,3,4] Photos by me; [2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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Happy Children’s Day to all our kids! I hope you’re enjoying your day with your friends and family.⠀ ⠀ @gov.sg made this video of Zubir Said’s Children’s Day song, ‘Semoga Bahagia’. It takes a fond look back at the joys of childhood and recalls nostalgic memories of Singapore in the 80s. ⠀ ⠀ Beyond education, it is the enduring friendships we make during our schooling days that we carry with us through our lives and, for some of us, pass down to the next generation. I hope that you study and play hard, and build lasting friendships with one another. ⠀ ⠀ Have a good long weekend ahead. :) – LHL
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Honoured to be part of the “Towards Tuas” PSA Bicentennial Event this morning, to celebrate the groundbreaking for Tuas Port. The port business is changing rapidly, and we have to stay ahead of the curve. That is why PSA is consolidating all its operations in one location. PSA will move to Tuas from Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Brani, and Pasir Panjang, to create the world’s single largest container terminal, almost doubling our current capacity. PSA has made good progress constructing Tuas, with the first two berths set to begin operations from 2021. This move will also free up prime land for redevelopment, including the Great Southern Waterfront. Wishing PSA all the best as they write a new chapter in Singapore’s maritime history! – LHL ([1-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon, [6] Photo by me)
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Back home again, after a two-week working trip. It was an eventful day at the Session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia, yesterday. We signed three agreements related to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. The EAEU comprises the five countries of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. We completed the FTA negotiations in only 2 years! This reflects the hard work of the negotiators, as well as strong support by all the countries. I am glad the the EAEU members and Singapore are like-minded partners committed to multilateralism and free trade. The FTA will open up new opportunities for us to collaborate. – LHL ([1,2,5,6] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [3,4] ST Photo © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)
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Highlights from my second full day in Yerevan! Met Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians His Holiness Karekin II at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as Chairman of the National Assembly, Mr Ararat Mirzoyan.⠀ ⠀ Ended the day with a private dinner with some of the other leaders who have gathered here for the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Thank you PM @nikolpashinyan_official for your hospitality! – LHL ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ([1] PMO Video by Alex Qiu; [2-3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [4] Photo by me)
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Took a short #jalanjalan through the beautiful streets of Yerevan at night. Saw the fountains at Republic Square up close, got a look at a local supermarket and tasted freshly baked traditional Armenian lavash bread. – LHL⠀ ⠀ (Photos by me)
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Some highlights of my first full day in Yerevan, including meetings with Armenian President @president_armensarkissian and PM @nikolpashinyan_official. Thank you for the very warm welcome to your beautiful country!⠀ ⠀ Armenia and Singapore have a long history together, and several notable Armenians have made their mark in our society – Raffles Hotel and @straits_times were both started by Singaporean Armenians.⠀ ⠀ Now, we are taking our bilateral relationship further, through exchanges and the Eurasian Economic Union-Singapore FTA which was concluded after only 2 years. Singapore and Armenia will also sign our bilateral Services and Investment Agreement – that we concluded after only a breakneck one year! Good work to the respective teams! 🇦🇲🇸🇬– LHL⠀ ⠀ (PMO Video by Alex Qiu)
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Have arrived in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia – my first visit here. Will be attending the upcoming session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The Council is a meeting of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. – LHL ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ (The Yerevan Cascades at sunrise. / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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Had a belated Bicentennial National Day Reception for overseas Singaporeans in New York and other US states. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have a large diaspora of Singaporeans in the US who are working or studying here. Wherever you are based and whatever you are doing, I hope you are living life to the fullest! Keep on flying the Singapore flag high in the US! 🇸🇬– LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Terence Tan)
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The world faces many challenges – climate change, rising isolationism and protectionism. A rules-based multilateral system benefits all countries, and is especially important for the survival of small countries like Singapore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spoke about this in Singapore’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are facing many worrisome global developments, but it is easier to find solutions if we band together. As the @unitednations heads into its 75th anniversary, it is good to remember how countries have benefitted from this organisation in the past, while acknowledging that the world has evolved and needs new solutions. We must work together to find new, multilateral solutions to new problems. – LHL #UNGA #SingaporeandtheUN (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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Shalom aleichem! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rabbi Arthur Schneier invited me to visit his synagogue when we met earlier this week, and I was happy to do so. Charmed by the warm welcome at the Park East Synagogue by Park East Day School students, who sang a beautiful rendition of Majulah Singapura! Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - this weekend, so my best wishes to the Jewish community! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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Visited the Vessel at Hudson Yards in Manhattan yesterday. This spectacular structure opened earlier this year, and was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the same designer who worked on the Learning Hub at @ntu_sg. ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting ready to deliver Singapore’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly. Looking forward to that, and to meeting Singaporeans at a belated National Day reception this evening! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #SingaporeandtheUN #UNGA ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-2] Photos by me; [3-4] MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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Small states are naturally vulnerable, with little ability to set the agenda on the international stage. This is why small states like Singapore must work together to advance our common interests. With that in mind, Singapore helped establish the Forum of Small States (FOSS) almost 30 years ago. FOSS members today comprise well over half the total membership of the UN, ensuring a significant combined contribution to the UN. It is in our interest to have a strong UN, as well as a sound and stable multilateral system. Singapore hosted a reception for FOSS member states at our Permanent Mission to the UN in New York yesterday. Look forward to working with them, so we can speak with a louder voice, and make a difference to the lives of our own people, and the international community. #UNGA #SingaporeandtheUN (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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Another day of meetings with leaders on the sidelines of the #UNGA. Honoured to be invited by PM @narendramodi to speak at an event to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event – “Leadership Matters: Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World” – paid tribute to Gandhi’s ideals and legacy. His philosophy of non-violence, and his belief in the intrinsic equality of every person, resonate strongly in Singapore. After Gandhi died, Singapore received part of his ashes, which were immersed at sea in accordance with Hindu custom. In this increasingly partisan world, Gandhi’s values remain highly relevant. May his spirit continue to inspire us all. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN ([1-7,9] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [8] Photo by DMV; [10] Photo by me)
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A long but fruitful day in New York. Spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit, signed an agreement with President @realdonaldtrump to renew the 1990 MOU on the US’ use of air and naval facilities in Singapore for another 15 years, and accepted the World Statesman Award from the Appeal Of Conscience Foundation. – LHL⠀ ⠀ #UNGA#SingaporeattheUN??? ⠀ ([1,4,5] PMO Photos; [2,3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [6,7] Photos by me)
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Signed the Protocol of Amendment to the 1990 MOU Regarding US Use of Facilities in Singapore with US President @realdonaldtrump today. The MOU facilitates access to Singapore’s air and naval bases for US forces, and this amendment renews the MOU for another 15 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The US’ military presence has underpinned the peace, stability and prosperity of the region since WW2, and this is something that Singapore has consistently supported. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also had a good meeting with President Trump and his team. Singapore and the US have mutually beneficial trade and investment ties, and I’m looking forward to strengthening cooperation between the US and Singapore. – LHL 🇸🇬🇺🇸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Video by Alex Qiu and Arina Ong) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Good meetings with Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Dr Henry Kissinger. Also did a short #jalanjalan to Brooklyn, to see the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (a pedestrian walkway also called the Esplanade :) ) and ‘Dumbo’. New Yorkers like acronyms too: Dumbo stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass! Interesting to observe how other cities plan and revitalise their urban spaces. The Climate Action Summit starts tomorrow at #UNGA. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN ([1-2] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [3-5] Photos by me)
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A good first day in New York. Attended the Palau Reception at the invitation of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr, to commemorate the 25th Independence Day of Palau, which is on 1 October. Happy Birthday in advance to Palau! Met other Pacific Island leaders at the reception who are also here for UNGA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The weather was pleasant so took a short jalan jalan through Central Park on the way to lunch. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Photos by me)
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Arrived in New York! Will be meeting President @realdonaldtrump as well as attending the @unitednations General Assembly. I will be delivering Singapore’s national statement at the General Debate. Also speaking at the Climate Action Summit on how Singapore plans to hit our Paris Agreement goals. A busy week of meetings and more. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN (The Singapore flag flies proudly in front of the UN Secretariat Building in New York. 🇸🇬 / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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Hosted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dinner at the Istana. Glad he accepted SM Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s invitation to speak at the Singapore Summit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in East Africa. We signed a FinTech Cooperation Agreement with them this year to support digital infrastructure development in Kenya. We also signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty and an Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation last year. Look forward to doing more together to promote greater trade and investment flows between our countries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Will be travelling to the US for a week-long working visit. A long trip ahead. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] PMO Photo; [2] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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The babies and little ones took over Teck Ghee CC this morning! The CC was transformed into a giant play area for the Embracing PArenthood celebrations where 114 babies and their families got to take part in all sorts of fun activities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Embracing PArenthood movement celebrates the birth of new babies in the community. It is just one of many initiatives which support parents. A number of measures have been announced recently, including lowering pre-school fees, and removing the age limit for ART treatments. We hope these will help parents and encourage them to have more kids. Hope to see the results at next year’s edition! 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A big thank you to the volunteers and sponsors for making this event an enjoyable one for all! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)
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Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by Chinese all over the world, but only in Singapore will you find this lantern display with a distinctly local twist – children of different races carrying lanterns around a well-loved icon, with HDB flats in the distance!⠀ ⠀ Besides mooncakes, moongazing, and gathering with the family, what makes this festival so unique are the colourful lanterns🏮 that light up the night. Chinatown, @gardensbythebay, Jurong Lake Gardens (where this photo was taken) and shopping centres have put up beautiful displays. CCs have organised lantern walks and other activities this weekend.⠀ ⠀ Hoping for clear weather and clear skies so that everyone can enjoy the luminous moon! Wishing everyone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival! – LHL⠀ (MCI Photo by Clement) ⠀ 中秋节除了与家人团聚、赏月、品茶吃月饼以外,更少不了充满特色的灯笼🏮。希望在欣赏这些各式各样的灯笼时,大家都能够感受到中秋节的气氛。⠀ ⠀ 祝大家度过一个愉快的中秋夜晚。– 李显龙
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During the 5GO Appreciation Reception two weeks ago, I told the attendees that SGO is working with government agencies to build an app for the Merdeka Generation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @GovTechSG is a key agency implementing this project. I visited GovTech this morning, where they briefed me how they are taking a citizen-centric approach to designing service journeys and apps. I shared with them my experience and suggestions, as a user of the “Moments of Life” app belonging to the Merdeka Generation. Hope they found my feedback useful! 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kudos to the GovTech team for their hard work in helping citizens connect with the government! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Joined happy and enthusiastic @singaporetech students and alumni – or SITizens, as they proudly call themselves – at the groundbreaking for SIT’s new campus in Punggol North, which will welcome more SITizens from 2023.⠀ ⠀ Heard about the exciting plans that SIT will roll out when they join the Punggol Digital District as a university in the heartlands, with residents and industry partners as neighbours.⠀ ⠀ For one, Punggol residents will be able to drop by and tinker in SIT’s makerspaces. SIT has already partnered @pafrenz in a community makerspace in the Punggol 21 CC called SkillsCraft. This reflects SIT’s dedication to an inclusive and open campus, and their whole-hearted support for learning-by-doing.⠀ ⠀ SIT will also collaborate with SP Group on a multi-energy micro-grid, to power the entire campus with clean energy. Such industry collaborations and partnerships are a hallmark of the SIT curriculum, and will surely benefit from SIT’s co-location with JTC’s business parks.⠀ ⠀ I am confident that SIT will continue growing from strength to strength. Look forward to the exciting journey ahead! – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by Fyrol)
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Some highlights from my visit to the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John's Island National Marine Laboratory on St John's Island, as well as the turtle hatchery on Little Sisters' Island. Thanks to everyone for the informative and fun visit. Keep up the great work! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Video by Chiez How)
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Enjoyed a refreshing and thoroughly enriching morning at the Southern Islands yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visited @nparksbuzz’s turtle hatchery on Little Sisters’ Island, where we were extremely lucky to see turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest! Then headed over to Lazarus and St John’s Island just 1 km away. There we visited the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre, St John's Island National Marine Laboratory, and SFA’s Marine Aquaculture Centre. Also met many Singaporeans there with family and friends to picnic, fish, #jalanjalan, and even free-dive! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is Singapore’s first marine park. It covers the area around Sisters' Islands and the reefs of St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. NParks partnered JTC to create large artificial reef structures around Sisters’ Island to promote coral growth and marine biodiversity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Besides research, education and outreach, NParks has also involved passionate community volunteers. Groups like International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and Our Singapore Reefs regularly lead clean-ups of marine trash on our beaches, mangroves, and coral reefs (apparently, cigarette butts are the biggest component of marine waste). We can all do our part protecting our environment by keeping Singapore litter-free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s the September school holidays this week, so why not take the time to explore our parks and nature reserves? You’ll be surprised at what you will discover! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,3,6-7] Photos by me; [2,4-5,8-10] MCI Photos by Fyrol)
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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park was alight last night, as Teck Ghee celebrated an early Mid-Autumn Festival with a lantern night!⠀ ⠀ It was only a half moon, but the conditions were otherwise perfect! The park was bustling with residents young and old, of all races and communities, having fun and celebrating together as one big Singapore family. I hope you are enjoying your Mid-Autumn Festival, but do eat the mooncakes in moderation! – LHL⠀ ⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-4] MCI Photos by Clement)
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Happy Teacher’s Day to all of our teachers and educators! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our children’s first few meaningful interactions outside of home often happen in school, with schoolmates and teachers. They look to teachers for help in maneuvering a new environment, especially in their preschool years. As little ones grow up and become not so little anymore, teachers not only instil in them basic knowledge of subjects like languages and maths, but also guide and stimulate their young minds. They encourage children’s natural curiosity, lead them to discover their strengths, and nurture a lifelong love for learning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to all of our dedicated teachers for your hard work and love for your profession! I hope that you will enjoy your special day today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today also marks the start of the September holidays. Wishing all students (and teachers) a good and productive break! :) – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Chwee)
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Our newest autonomous university, @suss.sg, has a unique role catering to working adults. The mix of students from across many ages and life stages helps them appreciate the different perspectives of Singaporeans both young and old. Immediate priorities – such as the economy, education, and retirement – concern them as much as longer term ones, like climate change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This diversity of interests was evident from the questions posed at the inaugural SUSS Ministerial Forum last night. An encouraging sign of an audience committed to improving themselves, and pursuing the goals of lifelong learning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hope to see SUSS students continue to reach greater heights, make full use of our education system, and help make Singapore a better place to live, work and learn in. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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If you are reading this right now, you have Sir Tim Berners-Lee to thank. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Had a very engaging chat with Sir Tim, often called the father of the World Wide Web, at the Istana today. He is in Singapore for the @techlawfest conference, delivering the keynote address tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Wide Web is 30 years old this year. It has morphed greatly and become embedded in our lives. Ironically, while we have become more connected than ever, the world has become more polarised. The WWW has been a tremendous boon to mankind, but it has also given rise to cyberbullying, fake news, online scams and malicious behaviour. We must do our part to be responsible web users, and to keep the web open to all. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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Caught the final show of the @sglyricopera's performance of Bizet's Carmen last night at the Esplanade. It was a very good show – beautiful sets, excellent singing and orchestra, and of course a popular opera with catchy and familiar tunes. Many of the lead singers were Singaporean, including several graduates of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS. On a related note, I was delighted to read about the @singaporechineseorchestra’s successful opening night in their ongoing four-city European tour. The SCO is bringing their unique Chinese and Nanyang interpretations to a receptive Western audience, and flying the Singapore flag high. As a small and young immigrant nation, we lack the deep cultural and historical roots of far older civilisations. But our arts and culture scene is vibrant and thriving, and I hope that our appreciation for the arts will deepen and grow with time. – LHL (Photo by me)
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We celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Silver Generation Office (hence the name of the event - 5GO) with an appreciation lunch for our SG ambassadors yesterday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SGO started out as the Pioneer Generation Office, to tell our Pioneers about the PG Package. Today their mission has evolved to also reach out to the Merdeka Generation, to inform them of government policies that will benefit them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The ambassadors’ efforts are high touch and highly personalised. They go door-to-door to meet seniors and get to know them. Their hard work and dedication have made this a more caring and cohesive society. Theirs is a worthwhile cause. I hope more Singaporeans join their ranks, and help seniors who have given the best years of their lives to Singapore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep up the good work and once again, thank you for making a positive difference to our seniors! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,2] Photos by me; [3-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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Launched the 18th edition of the spectacular Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Light-up yesterday evening! The streets were transformed into a magical sight, with beautiful lanterns and exciting acrobatic and dance performances! Do head over to soak in the festive atmosphere, and try some mooncakes and pomelos — in moderation, of course! :) – LHL⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-9] Photos by me; [10] MCI Photo by Chwee)
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Today, we welcomed 150 new Singaporean citizens. Many of them were already Singaporeans at heart – they have grown up here, studied here, worked here, and started families here. Today, it became official, and we are happy to welcome them into the family. I encouraged them to do their part to give back to the community. Many of them already do, and are active grassroots members, helping to make their community a better one. After the citizenship ceremony, I stopped by the #MerdekaGeneration roadshow in Ang Mo Kio. Was happy to see such a good turnout today (especially from the Merdeka Generation!) to learn more about the MG package, and how it will help. It is our way of saying thank you for walking together with Singapore all these years, and shaping the nation. This is the way Singapore has progressed, and will continue to progress – by sharing our varied cultures and experiences, evolving together, and enriching our society. Just as the Merdeka Generation did, and just as our forefathers did 200 years ago. Together, we can build an endearing home for generations to come. – LHL (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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At the National Day Rally two weeks ago, I cited @dbsbank as an example of an organisation that has worked hard to innovate and modernise. ⠀ ⠀ DBS saw room for improvement. They developed new products such as the Paylah! mobile app for cashless payments, and Smart Buddy for primary school children, the world’s first in-school wearable savings and payment programme. Embracing technology is a major reason why DBS was named Best Bank by three major industry publications! ⠀ ⠀ When I visited DBS yesterday, I saw how local companies are using technology to upgrade themselves and improve services for their clients. Hope that they will continue to be innovative and open to new technologies. This will help them to thrive in the new economy, and stay ahead of others. – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by LH Goh)
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Picked up this interesting item during a #jalanjalan at the Southern Ridges. It looks a bit like Darth Vader minus his helmet! Can you #guesswhat it is? :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - - - - - - - - - - - - Many of you recognised it! It is the shell of a rubber tree seed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rubber trees are not uncommon in Singapore. They are the remnants of the old rubber plantations planted by the early settlers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first rubber tree was successfully transplanted in the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1877, from 22 seedlings transferred from Kew Gardens in the UK, which had in turn been brought from Brazil. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first Director of the Botanic Gardens, Henry Nicholas Ridley (one of the pioneers featured on the SG Bicentennial commemorative $20 note), was instrumental in promoting the cultivation of rubber trees. He invented the “herring-bone” method of rubber tapping, which allowed large quantities of latex to be extracted in a series of shallow cuts without killing the tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Botanic Garden’s role in rubber cultivation and research was a major factor that earned it the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rubber, along with tapioca, nutmeg, pepper and gambier, was an important cash crop in early Singapore. By 1911, Singapore had become the hub for the world rubber industry and trade. At one time, 40% of our land area was covered with rubber plantations! Businessmen like Tan Kah Kee, Lee Kong Chian, and Lim Nee Soon made their fortunes from rubber. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The rubber plantations are long gone, but rubber was part of the journey that brought us here today. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Photo by me) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Happy to host Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow on his State Visit to Singapore. We witnessed the signing of several agreements and MOUs covering the abolition of visas, avoidance of double taxation, and legal cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Turkmenistan and Singapore have similar sized populations, though their land area is 700 times larger. We support each other’s candidatures for international organisations, and initiatives at the UN. Look forward to building closer ties with our friends in Central Asia. – LHL 🇸🇬🇹🇲⠀ ⠀ ([1 & 2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon, [3] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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Congratulations to Team 🇸🇬 at the @worldskillskazan2019! ⠀ ⠀ The WSC is the world championship for vocational and technical skills. This was our largest contingent – 32 youths. Team SG won 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, and 17 Medallions for Excellence. We placed 9th out of 63 countries – our best-ever performance! ⠀ ⠀ The team comprised students from our polytechnics, @itesingapore and @ntu_sg. They competed in 29 skill areas, including 6 new categories like Water Technology and Cyber Security, in both of which we won the bronze medal. These reflect the rapidly-evolving needs of the world, and I’m glad that Singapore’s youth are poised to meet future challenges. – LHL⠀ ⠀ #worldskillskazan2019??? ⠀ (Photos by SkillsFuture Singapore & ITE)
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Celebrated the Inter-Religious Organisation’s 70th anniversary last night with the many who care for and support Singapore’s multi-religious harmony. Established before Singapore became independent, the IRO has since grown with our nation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The IRO’s efforts affirm our shared aspiration to make Singapore a warm and inclusive home, where we are united across race, language, and religion. Above all, they affirm our common humanity in our diversity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish the IRO all the very best in promoting inter-religious peace and understanding. We must unceasingly build trust among communities. We all have a shared responsibility for Singapore’s precious social harmony. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wethepeoplesg ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Chwee)
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A selfie with Lisa, who was our emcee at The Purple Symphony’s “Dreams of our Little Red Dot” concert yesterday. An alumna of Pathlight School, she now studies at Tanjong Katong Girls School. We must help young people like Lisa achieve their dreams. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Purple Symphony celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. A 100-strong ensemble of musicians with and without special needs, the orchestra shows how diverse people can create harmony together. It’s like the Singapore Story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I attended their “Dreams of our Little Red Dot” concert yesterday, a musical narrative of our past, present and future. People with many different backgrounds and skills built this country, and all of us need to work together to overcome future challenges. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My thanks to @denisephua, @centralsgcdc, conductor Quek Ling Kiong, the artistic teams, performers, volunteers, and parents, for a magical evening of music. When everyone works in concert, we can all make beautiful music together. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-3] MCI Photo by LH Goh) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #SupportInclusion #CelebrateAbilities
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    Addressed brothers and sisters at the @ntucsingapore National Delegates’ Conference this morning. I have been attending these for more than 20 years! This year’s conference is special because it marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Modernization Seminar, a pivotal moment for both the NTUC and the @PAPSingapore. I spoke about how the NTUC started, and its symbiotic relationship with the PAP. As the government worked to create growth and prosperity, the Labour Movement has played its part, advancing workers’ interests and ensuring that they enjoy the fruits of their labour. So we have grown and thrived together, seen through crises, and improved our lives. We live in uncertain times. The PAP government will continue working closely with the NTUC to deliver on our fundamental objective: to ensure that workers and their families continue to make progress and have better lives! You can watch my speech here on the PMO YouTube channel (click on the link in my profile). – LHL (MCI Photos by Clement)
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    One of my most enjoyable events every year is the PCF Sparkletots Graduation Ceremony – the performances by the children, the pride of parents witnessing their children reaching this milestone, and the teachers who are happy yet sad to see their students leave and embark on the next step of their education journey. This year the students put up a charming performance inspired by #SGBicentennial. For generations, Singaporeans have worked hard to ensure a better future for their children. We will continue to do this – be bold in our ambitions and dream bigger for Singapore, so our children can reach for the sky and fly the flag high. – LHL ([1,2,5] Photo by me, [3,4,6-7] MCI Photos by Clement)
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    “Run, Hide, Tell” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have attended an #SGSecure Roadshow, you would be familiar with this response of what to do in the event of a terror attack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My fellow AMK GRC advisors and I got to practise this at today’s roadshow at Ang Mo Kio Central. We also toured the experiential zone and went through a simulated terror attack in a cinema. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SGSecure movement is now in its third year. @mhasingapore and the Home Team have worked hard to reach out to communities and prepare the public in case the worst should happen. It reminds us that we all have a part to play during an emergency. Let us Stay Alert, Stay United, and Stay Strong! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WeMakeSGSecure ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Chwee) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Sat down for a dialogue at the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) yesterday. For the last 50 years, Japanese companies in Singapore have made vital contributions to our economy, and weathered economic challenges together with us.⠀ ⠀ Singapore and Japan are both mature economies with rapidly ageing populations. We are adapting our economy and policies to address these challenges, and learning from Japan on this front. I spoke about this and other issues such as China’s role in the global trading system, the importance of free trade and multilateralism, and how we are encouraging Singaporeans to have more babies!⠀ ⠀ You can watch the full dialogue on the PMO YouTube channel (click on the link in my profile). – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photo by Jiawen)
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    Welcomed President @jokowi to the Istana today for the yearly Leaders’ Retreat. This is our first retreat after his re-election. Singapore-Indonesia bilateral ties are warm and strong. Cooperation is extensive, across the economic, people-to-people, and security sectors. President Jokowi and I agreed to work on some long-standing issues and to find durable, mutually-beneficial solutions for them. We have built a relationship of trust and cooperation during President Jokowi’s first term. I look forward to deepening our relationship with him and his team during his second term. 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 – LHL ([1, 3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua, [2,4] MCI Photos by Clement)
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    Will be meeting Indonesian President @jokowi today for the annual Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have a deep and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with Indonesia that encompasses economic, defence, and people-to-people ties. @mfa_sg made this short video to highlight some of our key collaborations. Look forward to doing more with Indonesia! 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 – LHL
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    Sat down with @CNN’s @fareedzakaria for an interview when I was in New York last week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We spoke on the situation in Hong Kong, as well as US-China relations and how it affects the rest of the world. If US-China relations are not stable and not amicable, it is much harder for all of us. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Betty Chua)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    It was a very special evening last night. President @halimahyacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, hosted a celebration at the Istana to mark the finale of a year-long commemoration of the Istana's 150th anniversary.⠀ ⠀ Singaporeans from all walks of life joined Puan Noor Aishah, wife of our first president Encik Yusof Ishak, Mrs Urmila Nathan, the wife of former president, the late Mr S. R. Nathan, and former President Tony Tan and his wife Mary, at the Istana for an evening of live musical performances and food. The night’s events culminated in the Istana’s first-ever light show, projected on the facade of the Istana main building.⠀ ⠀ Since it was completed in 1869, the Istana has hosted countless guests from near and far, and has been the site of many historic moments and diplomatic engagements. It stands proudly today as one of Singapore’s oldest heritage buildings, and as a distinguished institution of our nation.⠀ ⠀ In this meaningful Bicentennial year, when we commemorate the past and set our sights ahead, I hope we will celebrate our history and continue building upon it. The world will probably look quite different by the time the Istana next celebrates its next major milestone, but I am confident that Singapore will persevere and progress. – LHL⠀ ⠀ ([1-4] Photos by me; [5-7] MCI Photo by Betty Chua)⠀
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    Spent a fun morning with kids and their families at the annual PCF Family Day. The theme this year was ‘Together for our Future’, an apt one for our #SGBicentennial year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We all play a part in building Singapore, and it is our responsibility to give our young every opportunity to succeed. Our young children are why we make so many long-term plans – for Singapore, but actually for them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the things we are doing is providing more childcare spaces. Last year, we converted 50 PCF Kindergartens to full-day childcare centres. We will convert another 80 within the next 4 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are looking at new approaches, too! One new PCF centre, in Radin Mas, will share the space with a nursing home, so that young and old can bond across generations. The young can interact with the seniors and learn from their experiences, and the older folks can help keep an eye on them as well! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every generation builds on the foundations left by the previous generation, and leaves a better home for the next. I hope we can continue working together, to build a brighter future! – LHL⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Enjoyed an evening of splendid and rousing performances under the baton of Maestro Tsung Yeh at the @singaporechineseorchestra’s fundraising gala dinner yesterday.⠀ ⠀ The SCO just came back from their tour in Europe, performing their unique Nanyang music to rapturous applause and standing ovations. We were treated to a number of pieces from their tour, as well as compositions based on local songs such as “Singapura, Sunny Island” to commemorate our Bicentennial. Proud that the SCO has cultivated a strong following of its music locally and abroad.⠀ ⠀ Also delighted that the SCO raised $1.25 million this year! Many thanks to the donors for their generous contributions, and the fundraising committee for their efforts in keeping Chinese arts and culture flourishing. I am confident the SCO will continue to soar to greater artistic heights! – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    Since I was in the western part of Singapore for the Tuas Port groundbreaking, I paid a visit to Sultan Shoal – a speck of an island smaller than a football pitch. Located 5.5km from the mainland, between Jurong Island and the upcoming Tuas Port, it is home to a 124-year-old lighthouse, a man-made lagoon, and the old PSA holiday chalets. The light in the Sultan Shoal Lighthouse originally comprised a cluster of three single wick oil lamps. Now, it has an LED beacon that uses solar power. Automated, and managed by a lean team from MPA, the beacon guides ships and mariners safely into our harbour and beyond. – LHL ([1,3,4] Photos by me; [2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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    Happy Children’s Day to all our kids! I hope you’re enjoying your day with your friends and family.⠀ ⠀ @gov.sg made this video of Zubir Said’s Children’s Day song, ‘Semoga Bahagia’. It takes a fond look back at the joys of childhood and recalls nostalgic memories of Singapore in the 80s. ⠀ ⠀ Beyond education, it is the enduring friendships we make during our schooling days that we carry with us through our lives and, for some of us, pass down to the next generation. I hope that you study and play hard, and build lasting friendships with one another. ⠀ ⠀ Have a good long weekend ahead. :) – LHL
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    Honoured to be part of the “Towards Tuas” PSA Bicentennial Event this morning, to celebrate the groundbreaking for Tuas Port. The port business is changing rapidly, and we have to stay ahead of the curve. That is why PSA is consolidating all its operations in one location. PSA will move to Tuas from Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Brani, and Pasir Panjang, to create the world’s single largest container terminal, almost doubling our current capacity. PSA has made good progress constructing Tuas, with the first two berths set to begin operations from 2021. This move will also free up prime land for redevelopment, including the Great Southern Waterfront. Wishing PSA all the best as they write a new chapter in Singapore’s maritime history! – LHL ([1-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon, [6] Photo by me)
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    Back home again, after a two-week working trip. It was an eventful day at the Session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia, yesterday. We signed three agreements related to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. The EAEU comprises the five countries of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. We completed the FTA negotiations in only 2 years! This reflects the hard work of the negotiators, as well as strong support by all the countries. I am glad the the EAEU members and Singapore are like-minded partners committed to multilateralism and free trade. The FTA will open up new opportunities for us to collaborate. – LHL ([1,2,5,6] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [3,4] ST Photo © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)
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    Highlights from my second full day in Yerevan! Met Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians His Holiness Karekin II at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as Chairman of the National Assembly, Mr Ararat Mirzoyan.⠀ ⠀ Ended the day with a private dinner with some of the other leaders who have gathered here for the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Thank you PM @nikolpashinyan_official for your hospitality! – LHL ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ([1] PMO Video by Alex Qiu; [2-3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [4] Photo by me)
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    Took a short #jalanjalan through the beautiful streets of Yerevan at night. Saw the fountains at Republic Square up close, got a look at a local supermarket and tasted freshly baked traditional Armenian lavash bread. – LHL⠀ ⠀ (Photos by me)
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    Some highlights of my first full day in Yerevan, including meetings with Armenian President @president_armensarkissian and PM @nikolpashinyan_official. Thank you for the very warm welcome to your beautiful country!⠀ ⠀ Armenia and Singapore have a long history together, and several notable Armenians have made their mark in our society – Raffles Hotel and @straits_times were both started by Singaporean Armenians.⠀ ⠀ Now, we are taking our bilateral relationship further, through exchanges and the Eurasian Economic Union-Singapore FTA which was concluded after only 2 years. Singapore and Armenia will also sign our bilateral Services and Investment Agreement – that we concluded after only a breakneck one year! Good work to the respective teams! 🇦🇲🇸🇬– LHL⠀ ⠀ (PMO Video by Alex Qiu)
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    Have arrived in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia – my first visit here. Will be attending the upcoming session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The Council is a meeting of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. – LHL ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ (The Yerevan Cascades at sunrise. / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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    Had a belated Bicentennial National Day Reception for overseas Singaporeans in New York and other US states. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have a large diaspora of Singaporeans in the US who are working or studying here. Wherever you are based and whatever you are doing, I hope you are living life to the fullest! Keep on flying the Singapore flag high in the US! 🇸🇬– LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Terence Tan)
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    The world faces many challenges – climate change, rising isolationism and protectionism. A rules-based multilateral system benefits all countries, and is especially important for the survival of small countries like Singapore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spoke about this in Singapore’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are facing many worrisome global developments, but it is easier to find solutions if we band together. As the @unitednations heads into its 75th anniversary, it is good to remember how countries have benefitted from this organisation in the past, while acknowledging that the world has evolved and needs new solutions. We must work together to find new, multilateral solutions to new problems. – LHL #UNGA #SingaporeandtheUN (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    Shalom aleichem! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rabbi Arthur Schneier invited me to visit his synagogue when we met earlier this week, and I was happy to do so. Charmed by the warm welcome at the Park East Synagogue by Park East Day School students, who sang a beautiful rendition of Majulah Singapura! Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - this weekend, so my best wishes to the Jewish community! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Visited the Vessel at Hudson Yards in Manhattan yesterday. This spectacular structure opened earlier this year, and was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the same designer who worked on the Learning Hub at @ntu_sg. ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting ready to deliver Singapore’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly. Looking forward to that, and to meeting Singaporeans at a belated National Day reception this evening! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #SingaporeandtheUN #UNGA ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-2] Photos by me; [3-4] MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    Small states are naturally vulnerable, with little ability to set the agenda on the international stage. This is why small states like Singapore must work together to advance our common interests. With that in mind, Singapore helped establish the Forum of Small States (FOSS) almost 30 years ago. FOSS members today comprise well over half the total membership of the UN, ensuring a significant combined contribution to the UN. It is in our interest to have a strong UN, as well as a sound and stable multilateral system. Singapore hosted a reception for FOSS member states at our Permanent Mission to the UN in New York yesterday. Look forward to working with them, so we can speak with a louder voice, and make a difference to the lives of our own people, and the international community. #UNGA #SingaporeandtheUN (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    Another day of meetings with leaders on the sidelines of the #UNGA. Honoured to be invited by PM @narendramodi to speak at an event to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event – “Leadership Matters: Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World” – paid tribute to Gandhi’s ideals and legacy. His philosophy of non-violence, and his belief in the intrinsic equality of every person, resonate strongly in Singapore. After Gandhi died, Singapore received part of his ashes, which were immersed at sea in accordance with Hindu custom. In this increasingly partisan world, Gandhi’s values remain highly relevant. May his spirit continue to inspire us all. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN ([1-7,9] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [8] Photo by DMV; [10] Photo by me)
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    A long but fruitful day in New York. Spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit, signed an agreement with President @realdonaldtrump to renew the 1990 MOU on the US’ use of air and naval facilities in Singapore for another 15 years, and accepted the World Statesman Award from the Appeal Of Conscience Foundation. – LHL⠀ ⠀ #UNGA#SingaporeattheUN??? ⠀ ([1,4,5] PMO Photos; [2,3] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [6,7] Photos by me)
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    Signed the Protocol of Amendment to the 1990 MOU Regarding US Use of Facilities in Singapore with US President @realdonaldtrump today. The MOU facilitates access to Singapore’s air and naval bases for US forces, and this amendment renews the MOU for another 15 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The US’ military presence has underpinned the peace, stability and prosperity of the region since WW2, and this is something that Singapore has consistently supported. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also had a good meeting with President Trump and his team. Singapore and the US have mutually beneficial trade and investment ties, and I’m looking forward to strengthening cooperation between the US and Singapore. – LHL 🇸🇬🇺🇸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Video by Alex Qiu and Arina Ong) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Good meetings with Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Dr Henry Kissinger. Also did a short #jalanjalan to Brooklyn, to see the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (a pedestrian walkway also called the Esplanade :) ) and ‘Dumbo’. New Yorkers like acronyms too: Dumbo stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass! Interesting to observe how other cities plan and revitalise their urban spaces. The Climate Action Summit starts tomorrow at #UNGA. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN ([1-2] MCI Photos by Betty Chua; [3-5] Photos by me)
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    A good first day in New York. Attended the Palau Reception at the invitation of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr, to commemorate the 25th Independence Day of Palau, which is on 1 October. Happy Birthday in advance to Palau! Met other Pacific Island leaders at the reception who are also here for UNGA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The weather was pleasant so took a short jalan jalan through Central Park on the way to lunch. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Photos by me)
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    Arrived in New York! Will be meeting President @realdonaldtrump as well as attending the @unitednations General Assembly. I will be delivering Singapore’s national statement at the General Debate. Also speaking at the Climate Action Summit on how Singapore plans to hit our Paris Agreement goals. A busy week of meetings and more. – LHL #SingaporeandtheUN (The Singapore flag flies proudly in front of the UN Secretariat Building in New York. 🇸🇬 / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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    Hosted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dinner at the Istana. Glad he accepted SM Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s invitation to speak at the Singapore Summit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in East Africa. We signed a FinTech Cooperation Agreement with them this year to support digital infrastructure development in Kenya. We also signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty and an Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation last year. Look forward to doing more together to promote greater trade and investment flows between our countries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Will be travelling to the US for a week-long working visit. A long trip ahead. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] PMO Photo; [2] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    The babies and little ones took over Teck Ghee CC this morning! The CC was transformed into a giant play area for the Embracing PArenthood celebrations where 114 babies and their families got to take part in all sorts of fun activities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Embracing PArenthood movement celebrates the birth of new babies in the community. It is just one of many initiatives which support parents. A number of measures have been announced recently, including lowering pre-school fees, and removing the age limit for ART treatments. We hope these will help parents and encourage them to have more kids. Hope to see the results at next year’s edition! 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A big thank you to the volunteers and sponsors for making this event an enjoyable one for all! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)
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    Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by Chinese all over the world, but only in Singapore will you find this lantern display with a distinctly local twist – children of different races carrying lanterns around a well-loved icon, with HDB flats in the distance!⠀ ⠀ Besides mooncakes, moongazing, and gathering with the family, what makes this festival so unique are the colourful lanterns🏮 that light up the night. Chinatown, @gardensbythebay, Jurong Lake Gardens (where this photo was taken) and shopping centres have put up beautiful displays. CCs have organised lantern walks and other activities this weekend.⠀ ⠀ Hoping for clear weather and clear skies so that everyone can enjoy the luminous moon! Wishing everyone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival! – LHL⠀ (MCI Photo by Clement) ⠀ 中秋节除了与家人团聚、赏月、品茶吃月饼以外,更少不了充满特色的灯笼🏮。希望在欣赏这些各式各样的灯笼时,大家都能够感受到中秋节的气氛。⠀ ⠀ 祝大家度过一个愉快的中秋夜晚。– 李显龙
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    During the 5GO Appreciation Reception two weeks ago, I told the attendees that SGO is working with government agencies to build an app for the Merdeka Generation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @GovTechSG is a key agency implementing this project. I visited GovTech this morning, where they briefed me how they are taking a citizen-centric approach to designing service journeys and apps. I shared with them my experience and suggestions, as a user of the “Moments of Life” app belonging to the Merdeka Generation. Hope they found my feedback useful! 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kudos to the GovTech team for their hard work in helping citizens connect with the government! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Joined happy and enthusiastic @singaporetech students and alumni – or SITizens, as they proudly call themselves – at the groundbreaking for SIT’s new campus in Punggol North, which will welcome more SITizens from 2023.⠀ ⠀ Heard about the exciting plans that SIT will roll out when they join the Punggol Digital District as a university in the heartlands, with residents and industry partners as neighbours.⠀ ⠀ For one, Punggol residents will be able to drop by and tinker in SIT’s makerspaces. SIT has already partnered @pafrenz in a community makerspace in the Punggol 21 CC called SkillsCraft. This reflects SIT’s dedication to an inclusive and open campus, and their whole-hearted support for learning-by-doing.⠀ ⠀ SIT will also collaborate with SP Group on a multi-energy micro-grid, to power the entire campus with clean energy. Such industry collaborations and partnerships are a hallmark of the SIT curriculum, and will surely benefit from SIT’s co-location with JTC’s business parks.⠀ ⠀ I am confident that SIT will continue growing from strength to strength. Look forward to the exciting journey ahead! – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by Fyrol)
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    Some highlights from my visit to the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John's Island National Marine Laboratory on St John's Island, as well as the turtle hatchery on Little Sisters' Island. Thanks to everyone for the informative and fun visit. Keep up the great work! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Video by Chiez How)
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    Enjoyed a refreshing and thoroughly enriching morning at the Southern Islands yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visited @nparksbuzz’s turtle hatchery on Little Sisters’ Island, where we were extremely lucky to see turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest! Then headed over to Lazarus and St John’s Island just 1 km away. There we visited the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre, St John's Island National Marine Laboratory, and SFA’s Marine Aquaculture Centre. Also met many Singaporeans there with family and friends to picnic, fish, #jalanjalan, and even free-dive! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is Singapore’s first marine park. It covers the area around Sisters' Islands and the reefs of St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. NParks partnered JTC to create large artificial reef structures around Sisters’ Island to promote coral growth and marine biodiversity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Besides research, education and outreach, NParks has also involved passionate community volunteers. Groups like International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and Our Singapore Reefs regularly lead clean-ups of marine trash on our beaches, mangroves, and coral reefs (apparently, cigarette butts are the biggest component of marine waste). We can all do our part protecting our environment by keeping Singapore litter-free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s the September school holidays this week, so why not take the time to explore our parks and nature reserves? You’ll be surprised at what you will discover! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,3,6-7] Photos by me; [2,4-5,8-10] MCI Photos by Fyrol)
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    Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park was alight last night, as Teck Ghee celebrated an early Mid-Autumn Festival with a lantern night!⠀ ⠀ It was only a half moon, but the conditions were otherwise perfect! The park was bustling with residents young and old, of all races and communities, having fun and celebrating together as one big Singapore family. I hope you are enjoying your Mid-Autumn Festival, but do eat the mooncakes in moderation! – LHL⠀ ⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-4] MCI Photos by Clement)
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    Happy Teacher’s Day to all of our teachers and educators! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our children’s first few meaningful interactions outside of home often happen in school, with schoolmates and teachers. They look to teachers for help in maneuvering a new environment, especially in their preschool years. As little ones grow up and become not so little anymore, teachers not only instil in them basic knowledge of subjects like languages and maths, but also guide and stimulate their young minds. They encourage children’s natural curiosity, lead them to discover their strengths, and nurture a lifelong love for learning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to all of our dedicated teachers for your hard work and love for your profession! I hope that you will enjoy your special day today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today also marks the start of the September holidays. Wishing all students (and teachers) a good and productive break! :) – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Chwee)
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    Our newest autonomous university, @suss.sg, has a unique role catering to working adults. The mix of students from across many ages and life stages helps them appreciate the different perspectives of Singaporeans both young and old. Immediate priorities – such as the economy, education, and retirement – concern them as much as longer term ones, like climate change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This diversity of interests was evident from the questions posed at the inaugural SUSS Ministerial Forum last night. An encouraging sign of an audience committed to improving themselves, and pursuing the goals of lifelong learning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hope to see SUSS students continue to reach greater heights, make full use of our education system, and help make Singapore a better place to live, work and learn in. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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    If you are reading this right now, you have Sir Tim Berners-Lee to thank. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Had a very engaging chat with Sir Tim, often called the father of the World Wide Web, at the Istana today. He is in Singapore for the @techlawfest conference, delivering the keynote address tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Wide Web is 30 years old this year. It has morphed greatly and become embedded in our lives. Ironically, while we have become more connected than ever, the world has become more polarised. The WWW has been a tremendous boon to mankind, but it has also given rise to cyberbullying, fake news, online scams and malicious behaviour. We must do our part to be responsible web users, and to keep the web open to all. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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    Caught the final show of the @sglyricopera's performance of Bizet's Carmen last night at the Esplanade. It was a very good show – beautiful sets, excellent singing and orchestra, and of course a popular opera with catchy and familiar tunes. Many of the lead singers were Singaporean, including several graduates of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS. On a related note, I was delighted to read about the @singaporechineseorchestra’s successful opening night in their ongoing four-city European tour. The SCO is bringing their unique Chinese and Nanyang interpretations to a receptive Western audience, and flying the Singapore flag high. As a small and young immigrant nation, we lack the deep cultural and historical roots of far older civilisations. But our arts and culture scene is vibrant and thriving, and I hope that our appreciation for the arts will deepen and grow with time. – LHL (Photo by me)
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    We celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Silver Generation Office (hence the name of the event - 5GO) with an appreciation lunch for our SG ambassadors yesterday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SGO started out as the Pioneer Generation Office, to tell our Pioneers about the PG Package. Today their mission has evolved to also reach out to the Merdeka Generation, to inform them of government policies that will benefit them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The ambassadors’ efforts are high touch and highly personalised. They go door-to-door to meet seniors and get to know them. Their hard work and dedication have made this a more caring and cohesive society. Theirs is a worthwhile cause. I hope more Singaporeans join their ranks, and help seniors who have given the best years of their lives to Singapore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep up the good work and once again, thank you for making a positive difference to our seniors! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,2] Photos by me; [3-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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    Launched the 18th edition of the spectacular Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Light-up yesterday evening! The streets were transformed into a magical sight, with beautiful lanterns and exciting acrobatic and dance performances! Do head over to soak in the festive atmosphere, and try some mooncakes and pomelos — in moderation, of course! :) – LHL⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-9] Photos by me; [10] MCI Photo by Chwee)
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    Today, we welcomed 150 new Singaporean citizens. Many of them were already Singaporeans at heart – they have grown up here, studied here, worked here, and started families here. Today, it became official, and we are happy to welcome them into the family. I encouraged them to do their part to give back to the community. Many of them already do, and are active grassroots members, helping to make their community a better one. After the citizenship ceremony, I stopped by the #MerdekaGeneration roadshow in Ang Mo Kio. Was happy to see such a good turnout today (especially from the Merdeka Generation!) to learn more about the MG package, and how it will help. It is our way of saying thank you for walking together with Singapore all these years, and shaping the nation. This is the way Singapore has progressed, and will continue to progress – by sharing our varied cultures and experiences, evolving together, and enriching our society. Just as the Merdeka Generation did, and just as our forefathers did 200 years ago. Together, we can build an endearing home for generations to come. – LHL (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    At the National Day Rally two weeks ago, I cited @dbsbank as an example of an organisation that has worked hard to innovate and modernise. ⠀ ⠀ DBS saw room for improvement. They developed new products such as the Paylah! mobile app for cashless payments, and Smart Buddy for primary school children, the world’s first in-school wearable savings and payment programme. Embracing technology is a major reason why DBS was named Best Bank by three major industry publications! ⠀ ⠀ When I visited DBS yesterday, I saw how local companies are using technology to upgrade themselves and improve services for their clients. Hope that they will continue to be innovative and open to new technologies. This will help them to thrive in the new economy, and stay ahead of others. – LHL⠀ ⠀ (MCI Photos by LH Goh)
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    Picked up this interesting item during a #jalanjalan at the Southern Ridges. It looks a bit like Darth Vader minus his helmet! Can you #guesswhat it is? :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - - - - - - - - - - - - Many of you recognised it! It is the shell of a rubber tree seed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rubber trees are not uncommon in Singapore. They are the remnants of the old rubber plantations planted by the early settlers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first rubber tree was successfully transplanted in the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1877, from 22 seedlings transferred from Kew Gardens in the UK, which had in turn been brought from Brazil. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first Director of the Botanic Gardens, Henry Nicholas Ridley (one of the pioneers featured on the SG Bicentennial commemorative $20 note), was instrumental in promoting the cultivation of rubber trees. He invented the “herring-bone” method of rubber tapping, which allowed large quantities of latex to be extracted in a series of shallow cuts without killing the tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Botanic Garden’s role in rubber cultivation and research was a major factor that earned it the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rubber, along with tapioca, nutmeg, pepper and gambier, was an important cash crop in early Singapore. By 1911, Singapore had become the hub for the world rubber industry and trade. At one time, 40% of our land area was covered with rubber plantations! Businessmen like Tan Kah Kee, Lee Kong Chian, and Lim Nee Soon made their fortunes from rubber. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The rubber plantations are long gone, but rubber was part of the journey that brought us here today. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Photo by me) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Happy to host Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow on his State Visit to Singapore. We witnessed the signing of several agreements and MOUs covering the abolition of visas, avoidance of double taxation, and legal cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Turkmenistan and Singapore have similar sized populations, though their land area is 700 times larger. We support each other’s candidatures for international organisations, and initiatives at the UN. Look forward to building closer ties with our friends in Central Asia. – LHL 🇸🇬🇹🇲⠀ ⠀ ([1 & 2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon, [3] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    Congratulations to Team 🇸🇬 at the @worldskillskazan2019! ⠀ ⠀ The WSC is the world championship for vocational and technical skills. This was our largest contingent – 32 youths. Team SG won 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, and 17 Medallions for Excellence. We placed 9th out of 63 countries – our best-ever performance! ⠀ ⠀ The team comprised students from our polytechnics, @itesingapore and @ntu_sg. They competed in 29 skill areas, including 6 new categories like Water Technology and Cyber Security, in both of which we won the bronze medal. These reflect the rapidly-evolving needs of the world, and I’m glad that Singapore’s youth are poised to meet future challenges. – LHL⠀ ⠀ #worldskillskazan2019??? ⠀ (Photos by SkillsFuture Singapore & ITE)
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    Celebrated the Inter-Religious Organisation’s 70th anniversary last night with the many who care for and support Singapore’s multi-religious harmony. Established before Singapore became independent, the IRO has since grown with our nation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The IRO’s efforts affirm our shared aspiration to make Singapore a warm and inclusive home, where we are united across race, language, and religion. Above all, they affirm our common humanity in our diversity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish the IRO all the very best in promoting inter-religious peace and understanding. We must unceasingly build trust among communities. We all have a shared responsibility for Singapore’s precious social harmony. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wethepeoplesg ???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Chwee)
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    A selfie with Lisa, who was our emcee at The Purple Symphony’s “Dreams of our Little Red Dot” concert yesterday. An alumna of Pathlight School, she now studies at Tanjong Katong Girls School. We must help young people like Lisa achieve their dreams. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Purple Symphony celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. A 100-strong ensemble of musicians with and without special needs, the orchestra shows how diverse people can create harmony together. It’s like the Singapore Story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I attended their “Dreams of our Little Red Dot” concert yesterday, a musical narrative of our past, present and future. People with many different backgrounds and skills built this country, and all of us need to work together to overcome future challenges. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My thanks to @denisephua, @centralsgcdc, conductor Quek Ling Kiong, the artistic teams, performers, volunteers, and parents, for a magical evening of music. When everyone works in concert, we can all make beautiful music together. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-3] MCI Photo by LH Goh) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #SupportInclusion #CelebrateAbilities
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