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Glad to see people from all walks of life (and a little furry friend) out and about at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park two weekends back. Went #jalanjalan again over the long weekend. Always things to see and do in Singapore! This post is something of a milestone for me – it’s my 2,000th IG post, and coincidentally ties in with my 6th year on IG! It has been quite a journey sharing my thoughts and photos, and reading your comments. Hope to continue this adventure for a long while more! – LHL (Photos by me)
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Wishing all Buddhists a happy and peaceful Vesak Day today! #VesakDay commemorates the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Buddha. It is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. It is a time of peace and reflection – devotees present offerings at the temple and dedicate themselves to prayers and good deeds. I also wish all enjoying the long weekend a happy and peaceful time! – LHL 祝所有佛教徒有个愉快的卫塞节。这节日纪念佛祖的诞生、成道及涅槃。 信众们今天将到庙里上香、献上花以及祈祷行善。 这周末也是长假,祝大家周末愉快!– 李显龙 (Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. / MCI Photo by Clement)
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About 1 in 4 people in Singapore will develop cancer in our lifetimes. It can be an intimidating statistic, especially when you learn that 35 people are diagnosed with cancer every day.⠀ ⠀ Fortunately, more and more are surviving cancer thanks to earlier detection and better treatment. I’m glad organisations like @checked.today are helping to make cancer screenings more accessible in the heartlands! I dropped by Teck Ghee CC this morning to launch their free screening programme, and was encouraged by the large turnout.⠀ ⠀ I encourage everyone to have regular screenings, as cancer can affect anyone at any time. Prevention is better than cure, and early detection is the next best thing. :) – LHL⠀ ⠀ #CHECKED??? ⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)
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National Junior College welcomed its first students in 1969. I joined this pioneer batch in their second year. I had completed my Higher School Certificate (equivalent to A levels) in Chinese, and spent an extra year in @nationaljc before doing my NS, so I count as a 69er too. Meeting so many fellow 69ners last night at the NJC golden jubilee brought back fond memories of our time together! NJC was Singapore’s first JC. 50 years later, the college spirit remains strong. NJC still produces graduates who excel academically and in life. NJCians older and younger have contributed much to the progress and success of Singapore. NJC has maintained its ethos of keeping its doors open to all. Our schools are crucial places where students from different social backgrounds can interact and break down social barriers. Happy 50th Anniversary, NJC! May you continue to blaze new paths and produce new generations who take Singapore forward. – LHL ([1,3,4] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo by me)
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Pleased to host New Zealand PM @jacindaardern on her first official visit to Singapore today. We signed the Joint Declaration to establish the Singapore-New Zealand Enhanced Partnership (EP). This comprehensive and ambitious agreement will benefit our institutions, businesses and people. A key element is an upgrade to our FTA with NZ, the Upgrade of the Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP). Also had a good discussion with PM Ardern on regional issues, of which there are many. We are natural partners – both small countries, sharing similar perspectives, e.g. the importance of the multilateral trade system and a rules-based international order. We do a lot together, including in research, defence and security, and tourism. Am confident that our relations will continue to strengthen for many years to come! – LHL 🇸🇬 🇳🇿 ([1,2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon, [3,4] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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The ‘Aranda Mothers of Singapore’ orchid was unveiled at the @papsingapore Women’s Wing special Bicentennial Tribute to Mothers yesterday. It was specially commissioned for the @sgbicentennial, and dedicated to all mothers in Singapore. This beautiful orchid is a tribute to all the wonderful mothers for their hard work, unceasing patience, and boundless capacity for love. Wishing all mums & mums-to-be a very happy #MothersDay! – LHL (Photos by me)
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Hard-working volunteers of all stripes help out at @ren_ci_hospital, but here’s a special cat-fie with Simba, a magnificent Maine Coon mix. He’s here with Mdm Salama Binte Wanitam, and volunteer Camellia from cat rescue group @luvkuching, and provides animal therapy for the residents every month. Met him when I opened Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio today! It is part of Singapore’s healthcare delivery framework, which is quite unusual. Not just a nursing home, Ren Ci @ AMK also houses integrated care services, including day care and physical rehabilitation. Residents can get the support and care they need, and their loved ones worry less. The care services are more accessible, and help patients to avoid over relying on expensive hospital facilities. Many thanks to the many helping hands involved in caring for our elderly, and who work day and night to make Ren Ci “a home with heart and hope”. Congratulations once again on your official opening and the 25th anniversary of Ren Ci! – LHL ([1,5] Photo by me, [2-4] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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Came across this meaningful initiative to help our loved ones #LiveWellLeaveWell. This video may seem sombre at first, but it reminds us that we can help our loved ones in their journey through life with love and care. Whether or not you’re familiar with hospice care, you can #LendYourInstagram and share their stories. – LHL @singaporehospice
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Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadan dan selamat berpuasa kepada semua umat Islam. Today marks the start of Ramadan and the first day of the fasting month for Muslims. To all Muslim friends, I wish you a blessed and fulfilling Ramadan! To non-Muslim Singaporeans, I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about the meaning and practices of the holy month. Understanding our neighbours and making friends with people from other races will help strengthen our bonds, and make us a stronger society together. – LHL (Sultan Mosque. / Photo by me)
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Enjoyed the fun and games at the grand opening of the Hillview Community Club this morning! This is a place with plenty of history – the CC is located in the old Princess Elizabeth Estate, where the old Princess Elizabeth Estate CC used to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The new Hillview CC features plenty of modern facilities and will host classes, activities and interest groups that cater to the whole family. It is also a staging point for many of its community outreach programmes, e.g. the BLESS Shining Star Reads programme and @eagles_interact. I am heartened to see so many young people involved in these initiatives. These programmes don’t just help the recipients, but also build strong “gotong royong” spirit in the community as well. Carry on the good work! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-4] MCI Photos by Clement Goh)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I stopped to smell the tulips at @gardensbythebay before my trip to China. 🌷🌷🌷 The annual #Tulipmania event never fails to enchant! With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’m sure many will be on the lookout for a special place to take the family to. If you do decide to go, don’t miss the Tulip Singapura - a special cultivar created to celebrate #SGBicentennial. No prizes for guessing what two colours it comes in! – LHL (Photos by me)
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It’s been a while since I didn’t have to labour first thing in the morning on May Day! ☺ I joined unionists and union leaders as attendees at this year’s May Day Rally to hear Brother @ng.chee.meng and Brother Swee Keat pay tribute to the unionists and leaders who came before, and brought us thus far in the Labour Movement’s journey. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Modernisation Seminar. Held in 1969, it was a crucial turning point in NTUC’s history, as it set the labour movement on the path of tripartism and constructive collaboration between unions, employers, and the Government. Several former union leaders, including participants who had attended the seminar 50 years ago, were invited as special guests today, as we mark this milestone in Singapore’s Labour Movement. Today, we must again act boldly to champion transformation efforts that benefit workers through better wages, better work prospects, and better welfare. Our future will continue to revolve around our workers and their families. Wishing a very Happy May Day to all! – LHL #NTUCMayDayRally2019 #EveryWorkerMatters (MCI Photos by Clement)
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Tomorrow we celebrate #MayDay. When I visited the Lifelong Learning Institute in January, I met people who had upgraded themselves through the Adapt and Grow programmes, and so taken up new jobs and responsibilities, some even switching industries. Upgrading and retraining our workers is a major long term task of the labour movement. We have seen the disastrous consequences of marginalised workers in other countries. @ntucsingapore must anticipate challenges caused by new technologies and global uncertainty, and work with employers and workers to tackle them before they overwhelm us. We must continue to strengthen trust among the tripartite partners, so that we can all continue to thrive and prosper together as a nation. You can read my May Day Message on the PMO website (click on the link in my profile). – LHL (Visiting the Lifelong Learning Institute in January 2019./ MCI Photo by LH Goh)
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Landed home late last night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Had a delightful surprise while I was away in China! Bumped into Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Mia Tee while having breakfast in the hotel. He was holidaying in Beijing with his daughter. It’s always good to run into fellow countrymen, when away from home! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Photo) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #facesofsg
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Had productive meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang today. Also witnessed the signing of five MOUs in areas such as market cooperation and customs. This will enhance the strong ties between Singapore and China. 🇸🇬🇨🇳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heading home now! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo courtesy of @straits_times)
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Took in the sights and sounds of Beijing’s famous Wangfujing Street (王府井大街) during a short #jalanjalan. The weather was chilly, but the locals were warm and friendly. – LHL (Photos by me)
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The opening ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition was a grand spectacle of dances, duets, and musical ensembles. Like the earlier show at the gala dinner, there were performers from various countries as well. A fitting start to the world’s biggest gardening show! – LHL (Photos by me)
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After the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, several of the leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition yesterday. Located at Yanqing District (about two hours drive from Beijing), the exhibition is spread across a huge site and is expected to attract millions of visitors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Toured the Singapore Garden, which was beautifully designed by @nparksbuzz. It reminded me of the Botanic Gardens. Not easy to maintain orchids in Beijing’s climate but they will bring a flavour of our tropical island to all who visit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Will be meeting President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang today. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-3] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [4-6] Photos by me)
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A busy day at the Leaders’ Roundtable of the 2nd #BeltandRoad Forum yesterday. The Belt and Road Initiative has helped China deepen its linkages with other countries. I suggested three ideas to maximise long-term benefits: developing indigenous capabilities of countries; going beyond bilateral cooperation, e.g. by partnering China on projects in third countries; and strengthening the inclusive, transparent and market-driven approach to projects, for accountability and risk management. Will be attending the open ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition today. The Singapore Pavilion, which was designed by @nparksbuzz, has thousands of orchids on display! – LHL ([1] Photo by me, [2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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#总理上线》我与鐘琴和蓝丽婷的采访将会在明晚(4月28日)9点,8频道播出。我们聊到了社交媒体、假新闻所带来的问题、和新??坡迈向智慧国的进度。 节目播出后也会在Toggle上载。明晚无法观看的朋友们可以上Toggle(https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel8)观看重播。– 李显龙 - - - - - - - - - 《 #PMonline》Catch my interview with @kym_ng and Evelyn Lam on Channel 8 tomorrow, 28 April, 9pm. We spoke about social media, the problem of online falsehoods, and our Smart Nation drive. If you miss tomorrow’s broadcast, you can catch a repeat on Toggle (https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel8). – LHL @8worldnews @ch8sg
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Spotted a familiar figure during last night’s show at the gala dinner marking the end of day 1 of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation! Our hosts put on a spectacular show for the guests - involving a multinational cast of singers, dancers and performers. (Photos by me)
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Attended the first day of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation yesterday. We heard from many leaders what the Belt and Road Initiative meant for their respective countries. I talked about the importance of trade and connectivity in strengthening regional and multilateral growth. Today will be another busy day. I will be speaking again at the Leaders’ Roundtable session, and having a few more bilateral meetings with fellow leaders as well. – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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Have arrived in Beijing for the 2nd Belt and Road Forum at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sat down for an interview with @chinaxinhuanews earlier this week ahead of my visit. We spoke about the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Sino-Singapore relations, as well as the rise of protectionism around the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can read the interview (in English and Chinese) on the PMO website here: on.pmo.sg/2ZsTl5p – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] The Temple of Heaven in Beijing / MCI Photo by Kenji Soon; [2] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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The UN General Assembly recently adopted the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, and decided to name it after Singapore! We look forward to hosting the signing ceremony for the “Singapore Convention on Mediation” later this year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a small, open and vulnerable country, we are a strong proponent of the rule of law. We have built upon the English common law system we inherited, and developed an autochthonous (i.e. native, formed or originating in the place where found) legal system and judiciary respected at home and abroad. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Glad to speak to an international gathering of lawyers at the 29th Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference this morning. Such healthy debate will ultimately further the cause of justice in our respective countries. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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最近在Istana和鐘琴,蓝丽婷谈了谈社交媒体、网络、假新闻,和拍wefie!:) 节目将在这个星期天(4月28日)晚上9点,8频道播出。 – 李显龙 - - - - - - - - - Enjoyed having @kym_ng, Evelyn Lam, and the Channel 8 crew over at the Istana recently for a filming session. We spoke about social media and other online-related topics, including my own venture into social media. You can watch the interview《 #总理上线 #PMonline》on Channel 8 this Sunday 28 April, 9pm. – LHL @8worldnews @ch8sg
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Had tea with the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Sultan of Perak Nazrin Shah yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sultan Nazrin is in Singapore for the Universiti Malaya-NUS Games. These inter-varsity games allow students and staff to interact and build ties, another example of the close and unique people-to-people ties with our nearest neighbour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish Sultan Nazrin an enjoyable stay in Singapore! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by LH Goh) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As part of the ongoing leadership renewal, Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister with effect from 1 May. He will remain as Minister for Finance and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation. He will act as Prime Minister in my absence. @teocheehean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish their appointments as DPMs, and be appointed instead as Senior Ministers in Cabinet. Chee Hean will continue as Coordinating Minister for National Security. Tharman will be re-designated as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. He will continue to advise the Prime Minister on economic policies. Concurrently, Tharman has been appointed Deputy Chairman of GIC. The next generation leadership is taking shape, and progressively taking over from me and my older colleagues. The team is working closely together, building up public trust and confidence in their leadership. I ask all Singaporeans to support them, and work together to secure a bright future for Singapore. You can read the full Statement on the PMO website here: https://on.pmo.sg/2KSWBUf ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – LHL
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I have been exploring the @nationallibrarysg’s excellent mobile app. It lets you borrow ebooks to read on your phone or tablet, wherever you may be. Best of all no late fees, as the ebook is automatically returned when it is due! ⠀ As today is #WorldBookDay, I thought you might be interested to see the books I have currently borrowed: ⠀ [ 我的终身大事 ] It is less than a fortnight to the centenary of the May 4th Movement, a seminal event in China’s modern history. 我的终身大事 is a brief playlet by 胡适, one of the leading figures in the Movement. It is not a major work, but gives a flavour of the times. ⠀ [ Our Story 平如美棠–我俩的故事 by Rao Pingru 饶平如 ] A moving and beautifully illustrated story of the author and his wife Meitang, from their childhoods until old age. The author wrote the book and drew the illustrations as a tribute to his wife after she died. It evokes China before the Japanese invaded, through war and revolution. ⠀ [ Raffles and Hastings ] This is a collection of letters which Stamford Raffles wrote to Lord Hastings, the Governor General of India, around the time Raffles came to Singapore. They give an insight into Raffles' thinking, how Hastings and others influenced the decision to set up a trading post in Singapore, and how the Dutch government and the British authorities in Penang (then the Prince of Wales Island) opposed this move. Interesting reading in the Bicentennial year. ⠀ [ Singathology ] A collection of writings by Singapore authors for the SG50 year. Many different genres – poetry, prose, plays, and in different languages too. We often pick up books by foreign authors, but we should remember that there is lots of good Singapore writing too! ⠀ [ Black and White Digital Photography ] This will hopefully help me improve my photo taking skills. 😊 ⠀ [ The Nature of Space and Time ] I was moved to borrow this ebook by the recent publication of the picture of the supermassive black hole in the M87 galaxy. It is a set of lectures by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, both experts in general relativity and particularly black holes. I don't understand the math in the lectures, but hope to get some flavour of the debate between Hawking and Penrose. ⠀ – LHL
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Water is Singapore’s most precious natural resource. Our water travels a long way and goes through a lot before it pours from our taps, clean and drinkable. Since independence, we’ve invested in new technologies, and diversified our water sources to include NEWater and desalinated water. We can do much more to ensure a sustainable water supply for our children and future generations. Simple steps like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, or turning off the shower when soaping, go a long way. Today is Earth Day, a time to remind ourselves to protect our precious resources and celebrate our beautiful planet. Enjoy this video by @pubsingapore on the many steps of a water droplet’s journey from the skies to our taps, and do be mindful when you turn on the tap. Every small action counts. – LHL #MakeEveryDropCount 💧
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Today is Good Friday. It is a time of fasting, abstinence and prayer as Christians reflect on the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This solemn time of reflection and mourning continues through Saturday until Easter Sunday, the most important and joyous festival on the Christian calendar as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I wish all Christians a blessed Easter weekend, and an enjoyable long weekend to all! – LHL (The Blessed Sacrament Church in Queenstown with its iconic “tent” roof, meant to symbolise the “tent of meeting” in the Old Testament. Some know it better as the “origami” church! / MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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The @singaporeflyer officially opened 11 years ago today, on 15 April 2008. It has since become an instantly recognisable feature of our skyline. – LHL (Photo by me)
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Dropped by the Floral Fantasy as they put on the finishing touches during my #jalanjalan at @gardensbythebay last weekend. The displays are beautiful! 4 different garden landscapes - Dance, Float, Waltz, and Drift - each with its own concept and featuring flora from around the world. Besides flowers, Floral Fantasy includes something not typically seen in a garden – a 4D multimedia ride created in partnership with ST Engineering, which simulates a dragonfly’s flight through Gardens by the Bay. Floral Fantasy opens today so do visit when you get the chance! – LHL (Photos by me)
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Was pleased to meet Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the @icao Council, earlier today. We discussed developments in global aviation, including how Member States and the ICAO need to continue working closely to ensure continued safe and efficient growth of air traffic. The ICAO has made major contributions to the safety, security, and sustainability of aviation around the world since it was established 75 years ago. As a Member State, Singapore is proud to lend our expertise in many areas, including training, airspace management, and security. We will keep working with the ICAO to keep air travel turbulence-free. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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You may have seen or read the news about the first ever captured photo of a black hole. This black hole is not in our own Milky Way galaxy, but in another galaxy (named M87) far, far away – 50 million light years away. It is huge, 6.5 billion times as heavy as the sun. The Milky Way black hole is smaller and closer – “only” 4 million times the sun’s mass, and 26,000 light years away. Astronomers have not succeeded in getting its picture yet. The photo was created using data from a linked network of 8 radio telescopes spread across 4 continents, named the Event Horizon Telescope. This remarkable achievement is a fascinating read: https://eventhorizontelescope.org/ – LHL (@ehtelescope photo) #EHTblackhole #RealBlackHole
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The Gurkhas have a long history with Singapore. You have probably seen them on duty at major events such as the DPRK-US Singapore Summit last June and the annual Shangri-la Dialogue, and at key locations. Gurkhas have a well-deserved reputation for toughness, alertness, mental and physical resilience. They are totally dependable, highly self-disciplined, loyal and fearless in executing their duties. The Gurkha Contingent (GC) in the @singaporepoliceforce was formed in 1949. It has been deployed many times during racial conflict and civil unrest. They were there in the Maria Hertogh riots in 1950, the Hock Lee Bus riots in 1955, and the communal clashes between Malays and Chinese in 1964. At these tense moments when communal feelings ran high, the GC’s impartiality was crucial to restoring order and confidence. Today, the GC are an important force augmenting the Police response to new security and terrorism threats. Glad to visit the GC today to mark their 70th anniversary, to thank the officers and their families for their loyal and unwavering service, safeguarding Singapore and contributing to our peace and security. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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Am back home! A fruitful Leaders’ Retreat with Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) today. We discussed many issues concerning both countries, and agreed to strive for a cooperative and forward-looking relationship. As close neighbours bound by history and kinship, we must expect issues to crop up from time to time. When this happens, we need to keep channels of communication open, build trust, and tackle the issues pragmatically and with an eye to both sides’ concerns. Then we can move beyond solving problems to cooperating for mutual benefit. Click on the link in my profile to watch my joint press conference with PM Mahathir. – LHL (MCI Photos by LH Goh)
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Am in Putrajaya at the invitation of PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) for the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat. We have much to discuss. Look forward to a fruitful meeting with PM Mahathir tomorrow. 🇸🇬🇲🇾 – LHL (The Seri Wawasan Bridge, which connects the core island of Putrajaya where the government buildings are located to the surrounding areas. / MCI Photo by LH Goh)
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Spent a relaxed evening at the Botanic Gardens yesterday for the @singaporechineseorchestra’s Spring at the Gardens concert. We’ve had some wet weather lately, but fortunately conditions were perfect for yesterday’s performance! The orchestra performed spring and nature-themed pieces to celebrate the Gardens’ 160th anniversary. Also took the opportunity for a #jalanjalan, and snapped some photos of Singapore’s own ‘Sakura season’. How did you spend your weekend? – LHL (Photos by me)
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Watch PUB Chief Engineer Woo Lai Lynn introducing TBM Bahar – the first tunnel boring machine that will be used in the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. This is probably the only time you’ll get to see it! Once deployed, it will be deep underground, drilling the 3.5m wide tunnels that will make up the vast network of tunnels and link sewers that will convey used water to our water treatment plants. DTSS Phase 2 will cover the western part of the island, and involve 19 TBMs, more than twice as many as Phase 1. This major infrastructure project by @pubsingapore will take us another step forward in ensuring water security and sustainability. Well done to the PUB team and their partners for reaching this milestone! – LHL (@pubsingapore video)
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Went to the @pafrenz (PA) headquarters yesterday for the annual board meeting. Afterwards, I met grassroots leaders, volunteers, activists, community partners, and PA staff at a tea reception. The PA is a broad network that brings together people from all walks of life to do good for the community. If you have ideas to contribute and the passion to do something for others, do consider volunteering at your neighbourhood CC or in any of the grassroots organisations associated with the PA. You’d be surprised by the variety of programmes and interest groups! To all the PA volunteers and activists – keep up the good work! Singapore is a better home because of your hard work and commitment. – LHL (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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“There is no finish line to this Mission.” This was what I said to an international group of religious scholars on the topic of religious harmony. They are here as part of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) 5th Anniversary Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Distinguished Lecture and Inter-religious Symposium. We spoke candidly about the challenges of exclusivism and segregation, and their impact on our open and multi-religious society. I also shared with them how we help children learn about other cultures and races through events like Racial Harmony Day. Maintaining religious harmony demands a continuous effort by the government and religious leaders. I am glad RSIS is equipping students with the knowledge and skills to foster inter-religious relations, and engaging community and religious leaders of all faiths. Promoting inclusivity and dialogue is crucial to building understanding and tolerance between different faiths. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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For nearly a decade, the Integrated Resorts (IRs) – @marinabaysands and @rwsentosa – have been a centrepiece of Singapore's tourism industry. Rather than resting on their laurels, the two IRs will be investing $9 billion to build new attractions and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) facilities. The expansion will create more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans, and keep Singapore an exciting place for both locals and tourists to enjoy. – LHL (Photo by me)
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Joined my fellow grassroots advisers for our annual Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Endearing Committee Dialogue today. We had a candid exchange on topics that the grassroots committees were interested in, from constituency matters to regional and global issues. We also discussed ongoing efforts to make our neighbourhoods more accessible and barrier free, population matters (go forth and multiply 🙂!), and how we can equip our youth with the skills needed to take on global competition. I am confident that we have the means for our children to grow up in a better Singapore, and chart their own brighter courses ahead. Thank you to everyone who took part in the dialogue this morning! – LHL
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20 years ago, the Asian Financial Crisis catalysed the creation of @ChannelNewsAsia, to present news with Asian perspectives and viewpoints relevant to viewers in Asia. 20 years later CNA has become the go-to channel for key news events in Asia, reaching more than 80 million households in 29 territories. It has transformed from just TV news to a multi-platform news provider that is a reputable and valuable brand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Congratulations CNA. I wish you many more successful years ahead! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Clement) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Took a #jalanjalan on the wild side over the last two Sundays at the Singapore Zoo in Mandai and the Jurong Bird Park. With over 700 species and nearly 6,000 creatures, these two sites give visitors a fascinating look into the local fauna, as well as creatures from around the world. For many of us, the bird park and zoo are familiar favourite locations – we visit them first as children, then as parents, and again as grandparents! Both the zoo and bird park continue to contribute to global conservation efforts. I am glad to see how they have developed over the years to what they are now. When we complete the new Mandai areas, I am confident that visitors to these world-class wildlife sanctuaries will have an even more memorable experience. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at @wrs.ig for your hard work in keeping all your creatures safe and well cared for! – LHL (Photos by me) #wildlife #conservation
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You may have come across locally-grown strawberries and kale at our supermarkets. While normally impossible in our tropical climate, local company @susteniragriculture achieved this with R&D in smart indoor farming. This success story is a step towards our vision of “30 by 30” – for our agri-food industry to locally produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs by 2030. This will help to ensure our food security in the face of climate change, rising sea levels and temperatures. Glad that our investments in science and technology, and R&D are bearing fruit. I had a good meeting with the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC) today. Apart from food security, we will be investing more in our digital capabilities, and to develop cell therapy manufacturing capabilities. Research, innovation, and enterprise are critical to Singapore’s development. We must and will continue to invest in these areas to keep Singapore competitive and globally relevant. (With Benjamin Swan, Co-founder and CEO of Sustenir Agriculture at Yio Chu Kang Community Day 2018. / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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Delighted to host a dinner to celebrate Mr Ong Pang Boon’s 90th birthday last night in Parliament House. This is also an anniversary year – the 65th of the PAP’s founding, the 60th of the first PAP Government in 1959, and the Singapore Bicentennial. It was a special occasion to celebrate those who have sacrificed and contributed to making Singapore what it is today. I have been privileged to have known Mr Ong since I was a little boy. He was then the PAP’s Organising Secretary. Mr Ong was only 30 when he first became a minister. He held key portfolios – Home Affairs (1959-63), then Education (1963-1970), Labour (1970-1980) and Environment (1980-1984). In 1965, Mr Ong was one of the 10 Singapore signatories who signed the Separation Agreement. As Minister of Education, Mr Ong introduced flag raising ceremonies in schools, and the daily recitation of what later became the National Pledge. You probably know that Mr Rajaratnam drafted the English pledge, but you may not know it was Mr Ong who had come up with the idea of a loyalty pledge to be taken by students, to inculcate national consciousness and patriotism. He wrote to Raja to explain this, and sent some initial drafts of the pledge by MOE staff to seek Raja’s comments and amendments. Raja then worked on it, and proposed a version which Mr Lee Kuan Yew subsequently amended to become the English pledge we have today. After the English text was settled, Mr Ong then personally amended the Chinese translation to produce the final Chinese version of the pledge. And so on 24 August 1966, schoolchildren all over Singapore, including myself, recited the Pledge for the first time before the national flag. Since then, generations of young Singaporeans have learnt the pledge by heart, and internalised what it means to be Singaporean. What started as a loyalty pledge for schoolchildren has now become the National Pledge for all Singaporeans. On behalf of all of us, Mr Ong, thank you for your years of dedicated service to the PAP, and for your many contributions to Singapore. Happy Birthday Mr Ong! Here's wishing you many more healthy and fruitful years ahead. - LHL
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Residents in northeast Singapore can now access quality healthcare closer to home. Delighted to officially open Sengkang Hospital Campus this morning! This integrated campus comprises @sengkang_general_hospital and Sengkang Community Hospital. It also includes satellite clinics of NCC, NDC, NHC, SNEC, NNI, and KKH. Together, they will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, from initial diagnosis and treatment, to recuperation and rehabilitation. For patients, this means they can focus on getting well and not spend time travelling to see specialists in different hospitals. Glad to see that both hospitals have made much progress since my last visit in December. Singaporeans are living longer, but we are getting more chronic diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Our population is aging, and smaller families means fewer family members to look after each senior. So we need to rely on hospitals, general practitioners, polyclinics and community partners to look after us. But we can start by practising healthy living, and my hosts certainly got us exercising this morning. – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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The pouring rain did not dampen spirits at Hwa Chong Institution’s centenary celebrations, which were held at its Bukit Timah campus last night! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The school has come a long way since it started out as The Chinese High School 100 years ago in a small building at Niven Road. It has witnessed many pivotal moments in Singapore’s history: WWII, the struggle for independence, and separation from Malaysia. In 2005, The Chinese High School merged with Hwa Chong JC to form the integrated Hwa Chong Institution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As HCI celebrates @hci100 this year, it can look back on its illustrious history and achievements with pride. I look forward to seeing Hwa Chong continue to uphold high academic standards, promote Chinese cultural values, and prepare students for our multi-racial, multi-religious society. May HCI thrive as an educational institution for many more years to come! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,3-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo by me ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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14-year-old Jacob Wong had to miss his Special Olympics debut in the 200m race because of an injury during a training session. He was naturally disappointed but took it in his stride, recovered, and later clinched a gold in his 100m race! Jacob was a @specialolympicssg athlete competing at the @worldgamesad this past week. This year’s tagline ‘Meet the Determined’ could not be more apt to describe our athletes, who brought home 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze medals at the close of the games today. All of them showed passion for sporting excellence, plus determination in overcoming personal challenges. We should celebrate such inspiring stories by our athletes who embody the never-give-up attitude, even when things do not go their way. Not forgetting the coaches, support staff, and families, who have cheered the athletes on at every stage of this journey. We mark a decade of participation at these games this year. As a society, we have made much progress empowering people with disabilities. Let us continue to support and encourage them, and build a kinder and more inclusive society together! – LHL #SpecialOlympics #MeetTheDetermined #OneTeamSG
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    Glad to see people from all walks of life (and a little furry friend) out and about at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park two weekends back. Went #jalanjalan again over the long weekend. Always things to see and do in Singapore! This post is something of a milestone for me – it’s my 2,000th IG post, and coincidentally ties in with my 6th year on IG! It has been quite a journey sharing my thoughts and photos, and reading your comments. Hope to continue this adventure for a long while more! – LHL (Photos by me)
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    Wishing all Buddhists a happy and peaceful Vesak Day today! #VesakDay commemorates the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Buddha. It is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. It is a time of peace and reflection – devotees present offerings at the temple and dedicate themselves to prayers and good deeds. I also wish all enjoying the long weekend a happy and peaceful time! – LHL 祝所有佛教徒有个愉快的卫塞节。这节日纪念佛祖的诞生、成道及涅槃。 信众们今天将到庙里上香、献上花以及祈祷行善。 这周末也是长假,祝大家周末愉快!– 李显龙 (Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. / MCI Photo by Clement)
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    About 1 in 4 people in Singapore will develop cancer in our lifetimes. It can be an intimidating statistic, especially when you learn that 35 people are diagnosed with cancer every day.⠀ ⠀ Fortunately, more and more are surviving cancer thanks to earlier detection and better treatment. I’m glad organisations like @checked.today are helping to make cancer screenings more accessible in the heartlands! I dropped by Teck Ghee CC this morning to launch their free screening programme, and was encouraged by the large turnout.⠀ ⠀ I encourage everyone to have regular screenings, as cancer can affect anyone at any time. Prevention is better than cure, and early detection is the next best thing. :) – LHL⠀ ⠀ #CHECKED??? ⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)
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    National Junior College welcomed its first students in 1969. I joined this pioneer batch in their second year. I had completed my Higher School Certificate (equivalent to A levels) in Chinese, and spent an extra year in @nationaljc before doing my NS, so I count as a 69er too. Meeting so many fellow 69ners last night at the NJC golden jubilee brought back fond memories of our time together! NJC was Singapore’s first JC. 50 years later, the college spirit remains strong. NJC still produces graduates who excel academically and in life. NJCians older and younger have contributed much to the progress and success of Singapore. NJC has maintained its ethos of keeping its doors open to all. Our schools are crucial places where students from different social backgrounds can interact and break down social barriers. Happy 50th Anniversary, NJC! May you continue to blaze new paths and produce new generations who take Singapore forward. – LHL ([1,3,4] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo by me)
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    Pleased to host New Zealand PM @jacindaardern on her first official visit to Singapore today. We signed the Joint Declaration to establish the Singapore-New Zealand Enhanced Partnership (EP). This comprehensive and ambitious agreement will benefit our institutions, businesses and people. A key element is an upgrade to our FTA with NZ, the Upgrade of the Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP). Also had a good discussion with PM Ardern on regional issues, of which there are many. We are natural partners – both small countries, sharing similar perspectives, e.g. the importance of the multilateral trade system and a rules-based international order. We do a lot together, including in research, defence and security, and tourism. Am confident that our relations will continue to strengthen for many years to come! – LHL 🇸🇬 🇳🇿 ([1,2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon, [3,4] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    The ‘Aranda Mothers of Singapore’ orchid was unveiled at the @papsingapore Women’s Wing special Bicentennial Tribute to Mothers yesterday. It was specially commissioned for the @sgbicentennial, and dedicated to all mothers in Singapore. This beautiful orchid is a tribute to all the wonderful mothers for their hard work, unceasing patience, and boundless capacity for love. Wishing all mums & mums-to-be a very happy #MothersDay! – LHL (Photos by me)
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    Hard-working volunteers of all stripes help out at @ren_ci_hospital, but here’s a special cat-fie with Simba, a magnificent Maine Coon mix. He’s here with Mdm Salama Binte Wanitam, and volunteer Camellia from cat rescue group @luvkuching, and provides animal therapy for the residents every month. Met him when I opened Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio today! It is part of Singapore’s healthcare delivery framework, which is quite unusual. Not just a nursing home, Ren Ci @ AMK also houses integrated care services, including day care and physical rehabilitation. Residents can get the support and care they need, and their loved ones worry less. The care services are more accessible, and help patients to avoid over relying on expensive hospital facilities. Many thanks to the many helping hands involved in caring for our elderly, and who work day and night to make Ren Ci “a home with heart and hope”. Congratulations once again on your official opening and the 25th anniversary of Ren Ci! – LHL ([1,5] Photo by me, [2-4] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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    Came across this meaningful initiative to help our loved ones #LiveWellLeaveWell. This video may seem sombre at first, but it reminds us that we can help our loved ones in their journey through life with love and care. Whether or not you’re familiar with hospice care, you can #LendYourInstagram and share their stories. – LHL @singaporehospice
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    Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadan dan selamat berpuasa kepada semua umat Islam. Today marks the start of Ramadan and the first day of the fasting month for Muslims. To all Muslim friends, I wish you a blessed and fulfilling Ramadan! To non-Muslim Singaporeans, I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about the meaning and practices of the holy month. Understanding our neighbours and making friends with people from other races will help strengthen our bonds, and make us a stronger society together. – LHL (Sultan Mosque. / Photo by me)
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    Enjoyed the fun and games at the grand opening of the Hillview Community Club this morning! This is a place with plenty of history – the CC is located in the old Princess Elizabeth Estate, where the old Princess Elizabeth Estate CC used to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The new Hillview CC features plenty of modern facilities and will host classes, activities and interest groups that cater to the whole family. It is also a staging point for many of its community outreach programmes, e.g. the BLESS Shining Star Reads programme and @eagles_interact. I am heartened to see so many young people involved in these initiatives. These programmes don’t just help the recipients, but also build strong “gotong royong” spirit in the community as well. Carry on the good work! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] Photo by me; [2-4] MCI Photos by Clement Goh)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    I stopped to smell the tulips at @gardensbythebay before my trip to China. 🌷🌷🌷 The annual #Tulipmania event never fails to enchant! With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’m sure many will be on the lookout for a special place to take the family to. If you do decide to go, don’t miss the Tulip Singapura - a special cultivar created to celebrate #SGBicentennial. No prizes for guessing what two colours it comes in! – LHL (Photos by me)
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    It’s been a while since I didn’t have to labour first thing in the morning on May Day! ☺ I joined unionists and union leaders as attendees at this year’s May Day Rally to hear Brother @ng.chee.meng and Brother Swee Keat pay tribute to the unionists and leaders who came before, and brought us thus far in the Labour Movement’s journey. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Modernisation Seminar. Held in 1969, it was a crucial turning point in NTUC’s history, as it set the labour movement on the path of tripartism and constructive collaboration between unions, employers, and the Government. Several former union leaders, including participants who had attended the seminar 50 years ago, were invited as special guests today, as we mark this milestone in Singapore’s Labour Movement. Today, we must again act boldly to champion transformation efforts that benefit workers through better wages, better work prospects, and better welfare. Our future will continue to revolve around our workers and their families. Wishing a very Happy May Day to all! – LHL #NTUCMayDayRally2019 #EveryWorkerMatters (MCI Photos by Clement)
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    Tomorrow we celebrate #MayDay. When I visited the Lifelong Learning Institute in January, I met people who had upgraded themselves through the Adapt and Grow programmes, and so taken up new jobs and responsibilities, some even switching industries. Upgrading and retraining our workers is a major long term task of the labour movement. We have seen the disastrous consequences of marginalised workers in other countries. @ntucsingapore must anticipate challenges caused by new technologies and global uncertainty, and work with employers and workers to tackle them before they overwhelm us. We must continue to strengthen trust among the tripartite partners, so that we can all continue to thrive and prosper together as a nation. You can read my May Day Message on the PMO website (click on the link in my profile). – LHL (Visiting the Lifelong Learning Institute in January 2019./ MCI Photo by LH Goh)
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    Landed home late last night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Had a delightful surprise while I was away in China! Bumped into Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Mia Tee while having breakfast in the hotel. He was holidaying in Beijing with his daughter. It’s always good to run into fellow countrymen, when away from home! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PMO Photo) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #facesofsg
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    Had productive meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang today. Also witnessed the signing of five MOUs in areas such as market cooperation and customs. This will enhance the strong ties between Singapore and China. 🇸🇬🇨🇳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heading home now! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo courtesy of @straits_times)
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    Took in the sights and sounds of Beijing’s famous Wangfujing Street (王府井大街) during a short #jalanjalan. The weather was chilly, but the locals were warm and friendly. – LHL (Photos by me)
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    The opening ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition was a grand spectacle of dances, duets, and musical ensembles. Like the earlier show at the gala dinner, there were performers from various countries as well. A fitting start to the world’s biggest gardening show! – LHL (Photos by me)
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    After the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, several of the leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition yesterday. Located at Yanqing District (about two hours drive from Beijing), the exhibition is spread across a huge site and is expected to attract millions of visitors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Toured the Singapore Garden, which was beautifully designed by @nparksbuzz. It reminded me of the Botanic Gardens. Not easy to maintain orchids in Beijing’s climate but they will bring a flavour of our tropical island to all who visit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Will be meeting President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang today. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1-3] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [4-6] Photos by me)
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    A busy day at the Leaders’ Roundtable of the 2nd #BeltandRoad Forum yesterday. The Belt and Road Initiative has helped China deepen its linkages with other countries. I suggested three ideas to maximise long-term benefits: developing indigenous capabilities of countries; going beyond bilateral cooperation, e.g. by partnering China on projects in third countries; and strengthening the inclusive, transparent and market-driven approach to projects, for accountability and risk management. Will be attending the open ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition today. The Singapore Pavilion, which was designed by @nparksbuzz, has thousands of orchids on display! – LHL ([1] Photo by me, [2] MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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    #总理上线》我与鐘琴和蓝丽婷的采访将会在明晚(4月28日)9点,8频道播出。我们聊到了社交媒体、假新闻所带来的问题、和新??坡迈向智慧国的进度。 节目播出后也会在Toggle上载。明晚无法观看的朋友们可以上Toggle(https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel8)观看重播。– 李显龙 - - - - - - - - - 《 #PMonline》Catch my interview with @kym_ng and Evelyn Lam on Channel 8 tomorrow, 28 April, 9pm. We spoke about social media, the problem of online falsehoods, and our Smart Nation drive. If you miss tomorrow’s broadcast, you can catch a repeat on Toggle (https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel8). – LHL @8worldnews @ch8sg
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    Spotted a familiar figure during last night’s show at the gala dinner marking the end of day 1 of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation! Our hosts put on a spectacular show for the guests - involving a multinational cast of singers, dancers and performers. (Photos by me)
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    Attended the first day of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation yesterday. We heard from many leaders what the Belt and Road Initiative meant for their respective countries. I talked about the importance of trade and connectivity in strengthening regional and multilateral growth. Today will be another busy day. I will be speaking again at the Leaders’ Roundtable session, and having a few more bilateral meetings with fellow leaders as well. – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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    Have arrived in Beijing for the 2nd Belt and Road Forum at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sat down for an interview with @chinaxinhuanews earlier this week ahead of my visit. We spoke about the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Sino-Singapore relations, as well as the rise of protectionism around the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can read the interview (in English and Chinese) on the PMO website here: on.pmo.sg/2ZsTl5p – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] The Temple of Heaven in Beijing / MCI Photo by Kenji Soon; [2] MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    The UN General Assembly recently adopted the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, and decided to name it after Singapore! We look forward to hosting the signing ceremony for the “Singapore Convention on Mediation” later this year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a small, open and vulnerable country, we are a strong proponent of the rule of law. We have built upon the English common law system we inherited, and developed an autochthonous (i.e. native, formed or originating in the place where found) legal system and judiciary respected at home and abroad. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Glad to speak to an international gathering of lawyers at the 29th Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference this morning. Such healthy debate will ultimately further the cause of justice in our respective countries. – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    最近在Istana和鐘琴,蓝丽婷谈了谈社交媒体、网络、假新闻,和拍wefie!:) 节目将在这个星期天(4月28日)晚上9点,8频道播出。 – 李显龙 - - - - - - - - - Enjoyed having @kym_ng, Evelyn Lam, and the Channel 8 crew over at the Istana recently for a filming session. We spoke about social media and other online-related topics, including my own venture into social media. You can watch the interview《 #总理上线 #PMonline》on Channel 8 this Sunday 28 April, 9pm. – LHL @8worldnews @ch8sg
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    Had tea with the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Sultan of Perak Nazrin Shah yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sultan Nazrin is in Singapore for the Universiti Malaya-NUS Games. These inter-varsity games allow students and staff to interact and build ties, another example of the close and unique people-to-people ties with our nearest neighbour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish Sultan Nazrin an enjoyable stay in Singapore! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by LH Goh) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    As part of the ongoing leadership renewal, Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister with effect from 1 May. He will remain as Minister for Finance and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation. He will act as Prime Minister in my absence. @teocheehean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish their appointments as DPMs, and be appointed instead as Senior Ministers in Cabinet. Chee Hean will continue as Coordinating Minister for National Security. Tharman will be re-designated as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. He will continue to advise the Prime Minister on economic policies. Concurrently, Tharman has been appointed Deputy Chairman of GIC. The next generation leadership is taking shape, and progressively taking over from me and my older colleagues. The team is working closely together, building up public trust and confidence in their leadership. I ask all Singaporeans to support them, and work together to secure a bright future for Singapore. You can read the full Statement on the PMO website here: https://on.pmo.sg/2KSWBUf ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – LHL
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    I have been exploring the @nationallibrarysg’s excellent mobile app. It lets you borrow ebooks to read on your phone or tablet, wherever you may be. Best of all no late fees, as the ebook is automatically returned when it is due! ⠀ As today is #WorldBookDay, I thought you might be interested to see the books I have currently borrowed: ⠀ [ 我的终身大事 ] It is less than a fortnight to the centenary of the May 4th Movement, a seminal event in China’s modern history. 我的终身大事 is a brief playlet by 胡适, one of the leading figures in the Movement. It is not a major work, but gives a flavour of the times. ⠀ [ Our Story 平如美棠–我俩的故事 by Rao Pingru 饶平如 ] A moving and beautifully illustrated story of the author and his wife Meitang, from their childhoods until old age. The author wrote the book and drew the illustrations as a tribute to his wife after she died. It evokes China before the Japanese invaded, through war and revolution. ⠀ [ Raffles and Hastings ] This is a collection of letters which Stamford Raffles wrote to Lord Hastings, the Governor General of India, around the time Raffles came to Singapore. They give an insight into Raffles' thinking, how Hastings and others influenced the decision to set up a trading post in Singapore, and how the Dutch government and the British authorities in Penang (then the Prince of Wales Island) opposed this move. Interesting reading in the Bicentennial year. ⠀ [ Singathology ] A collection of writings by Singapore authors for the SG50 year. Many different genres – poetry, prose, plays, and in different languages too. We often pick up books by foreign authors, but we should remember that there is lots of good Singapore writing too! ⠀ [ Black and White Digital Photography ] This will hopefully help me improve my photo taking skills. 😊 ⠀ [ The Nature of Space and Time ] I was moved to borrow this ebook by the recent publication of the picture of the supermassive black hole in the M87 galaxy. It is a set of lectures by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, both experts in general relativity and particularly black holes. I don't understand the math in the lectures, but hope to get some flavour of the debate between Hawking and Penrose. ⠀ – LHL
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    Water is Singapore’s most precious natural resource. Our water travels a long way and goes through a lot before it pours from our taps, clean and drinkable. Since independence, we’ve invested in new technologies, and diversified our water sources to include NEWater and desalinated water. We can do much more to ensure a sustainable water supply for our children and future generations. Simple steps like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, or turning off the shower when soaping, go a long way. Today is Earth Day, a time to remind ourselves to protect our precious resources and celebrate our beautiful planet. Enjoy this video by @pubsingapore on the many steps of a water droplet’s journey from the skies to our taps, and do be mindful when you turn on the tap. Every small action counts. – LHL #MakeEveryDropCount 💧
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    Today is Good Friday. It is a time of fasting, abstinence and prayer as Christians reflect on the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This solemn time of reflection and mourning continues through Saturday until Easter Sunday, the most important and joyous festival on the Christian calendar as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I wish all Christians a blessed Easter weekend, and an enjoyable long weekend to all! – LHL (The Blessed Sacrament Church in Queenstown with its iconic “tent” roof, meant to symbolise the “tent of meeting” in the Old Testament. Some know it better as the “origami” church! / MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    The @singaporeflyer officially opened 11 years ago today, on 15 April 2008. It has since become an instantly recognisable feature of our skyline. – LHL (Photo by me)
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    Dropped by the Floral Fantasy as they put on the finishing touches during my #jalanjalan at @gardensbythebay last weekend. The displays are beautiful! 4 different garden landscapes - Dance, Float, Waltz, and Drift - each with its own concept and featuring flora from around the world. Besides flowers, Floral Fantasy includes something not typically seen in a garden – a 4D multimedia ride created in partnership with ST Engineering, which simulates a dragonfly’s flight through Gardens by the Bay. Floral Fantasy opens today so do visit when you get the chance! – LHL (Photos by me)
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    Was pleased to meet Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the @icao Council, earlier today. We discussed developments in global aviation, including how Member States and the ICAO need to continue working closely to ensure continued safe and efficient growth of air traffic. The ICAO has made major contributions to the safety, security, and sustainability of aviation around the world since it was established 75 years ago. As a Member State, Singapore is proud to lend our expertise in many areas, including training, airspace management, and security. We will keep working with the ICAO to keep air travel turbulence-free. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    You may have seen or read the news about the first ever captured photo of a black hole. This black hole is not in our own Milky Way galaxy, but in another galaxy (named M87) far, far away – 50 million light years away. It is huge, 6.5 billion times as heavy as the sun. The Milky Way black hole is smaller and closer – “only” 4 million times the sun’s mass, and 26,000 light years away. Astronomers have not succeeded in getting its picture yet. The photo was created using data from a linked network of 8 radio telescopes spread across 4 continents, named the Event Horizon Telescope. This remarkable achievement is a fascinating read: https://eventhorizontelescope.org/ – LHL (@ehtelescope photo) #EHTblackhole #RealBlackHole
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    The Gurkhas have a long history with Singapore. You have probably seen them on duty at major events such as the DPRK-US Singapore Summit last June and the annual Shangri-la Dialogue, and at key locations. Gurkhas have a well-deserved reputation for toughness, alertness, mental and physical resilience. They are totally dependable, highly self-disciplined, loyal and fearless in executing their duties. The Gurkha Contingent (GC) in the @singaporepoliceforce was formed in 1949. It has been deployed many times during racial conflict and civil unrest. They were there in the Maria Hertogh riots in 1950, the Hock Lee Bus riots in 1955, and the communal clashes between Malays and Chinese in 1964. At these tense moments when communal feelings ran high, the GC’s impartiality was crucial to restoring order and confidence. Today, the GC are an important force augmenting the Police response to new security and terrorism threats. Glad to visit the GC today to mark their 70th anniversary, to thank the officers and their families for their loyal and unwavering service, safeguarding Singapore and contributing to our peace and security. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    Am back home! A fruitful Leaders’ Retreat with Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) today. We discussed many issues concerning both countries, and agreed to strive for a cooperative and forward-looking relationship. As close neighbours bound by history and kinship, we must expect issues to crop up from time to time. When this happens, we need to keep channels of communication open, build trust, and tackle the issues pragmatically and with an eye to both sides’ concerns. Then we can move beyond solving problems to cooperating for mutual benefit. Click on the link in my profile to watch my joint press conference with PM Mahathir. – LHL (MCI Photos by LH Goh)
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    Am in Putrajaya at the invitation of PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) for the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat. We have much to discuss. Look forward to a fruitful meeting with PM Mahathir tomorrow. 🇸🇬🇲🇾 – LHL (The Seri Wawasan Bridge, which connects the core island of Putrajaya where the government buildings are located to the surrounding areas. / MCI Photo by LH Goh)
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    Spent a relaxed evening at the Botanic Gardens yesterday for the @singaporechineseorchestra’s Spring at the Gardens concert. We’ve had some wet weather lately, but fortunately conditions were perfect for yesterday’s performance! The orchestra performed spring and nature-themed pieces to celebrate the Gardens’ 160th anniversary. Also took the opportunity for a #jalanjalan, and snapped some photos of Singapore’s own ‘Sakura season’. How did you spend your weekend? – LHL (Photos by me)
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    Watch PUB Chief Engineer Woo Lai Lynn introducing TBM Bahar – the first tunnel boring machine that will be used in the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. This is probably the only time you’ll get to see it! Once deployed, it will be deep underground, drilling the 3.5m wide tunnels that will make up the vast network of tunnels and link sewers that will convey used water to our water treatment plants. DTSS Phase 2 will cover the western part of the island, and involve 19 TBMs, more than twice as many as Phase 1. This major infrastructure project by @pubsingapore will take us another step forward in ensuring water security and sustainability. Well done to the PUB team and their partners for reaching this milestone! – LHL (@pubsingapore video)
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    Went to the @pafrenz (PA) headquarters yesterday for the annual board meeting. Afterwards, I met grassroots leaders, volunteers, activists, community partners, and PA staff at a tea reception. The PA is a broad network that brings together people from all walks of life to do good for the community. If you have ideas to contribute and the passion to do something for others, do consider volunteering at your neighbourhood CC or in any of the grassroots organisations associated with the PA. You’d be surprised by the variety of programmes and interest groups! To all the PA volunteers and activists – keep up the good work! Singapore is a better home because of your hard work and commitment. – LHL (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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    “There is no finish line to this Mission.” This was what I said to an international group of religious scholars on the topic of religious harmony. They are here as part of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) 5th Anniversary Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Distinguished Lecture and Inter-religious Symposium. We spoke candidly about the challenges of exclusivism and segregation, and their impact on our open and multi-religious society. I also shared with them how we help children learn about other cultures and races through events like Racial Harmony Day. Maintaining religious harmony demands a continuous effort by the government and religious leaders. I am glad RSIS is equipping students with the knowledge and skills to foster inter-religious relations, and engaging community and religious leaders of all faiths. Promoting inclusivity and dialogue is crucial to building understanding and tolerance between different faiths. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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    For nearly a decade, the Integrated Resorts (IRs) – @marinabaysands and @rwsentosa – have been a centrepiece of Singapore's tourism industry. Rather than resting on their laurels, the two IRs will be investing $9 billion to build new attractions and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) facilities. The expansion will create more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans, and keep Singapore an exciting place for both locals and tourists to enjoy. – LHL (Photo by me)
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    Joined my fellow grassroots advisers for our annual Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Endearing Committee Dialogue today. We had a candid exchange on topics that the grassroots committees were interested in, from constituency matters to regional and global issues. We also discussed ongoing efforts to make our neighbourhoods more accessible and barrier free, population matters (go forth and multiply 🙂!), and how we can equip our youth with the skills needed to take on global competition. I am confident that we have the means for our children to grow up in a better Singapore, and chart their own brighter courses ahead. Thank you to everyone who took part in the dialogue this morning! – LHL
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    20 years ago, the Asian Financial Crisis catalysed the creation of @ChannelNewsAsia, to present news with Asian perspectives and viewpoints relevant to viewers in Asia. 20 years later CNA has become the go-to channel for key news events in Asia, reaching more than 80 million households in 29 territories. It has transformed from just TV news to a multi-platform news provider that is a reputable and valuable brand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Congratulations CNA. I wish you many more successful years ahead! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Clement) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Took a #jalanjalan on the wild side over the last two Sundays at the Singapore Zoo in Mandai and the Jurong Bird Park. With over 700 species and nearly 6,000 creatures, these two sites give visitors a fascinating look into the local fauna, as well as creatures from around the world. For many of us, the bird park and zoo are familiar favourite locations – we visit them first as children, then as parents, and again as grandparents! Both the zoo and bird park continue to contribute to global conservation efforts. I am glad to see how they have developed over the years to what they are now. When we complete the new Mandai areas, I am confident that visitors to these world-class wildlife sanctuaries will have an even more memorable experience. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at @wrs.ig for your hard work in keeping all your creatures safe and well cared for! – LHL (Photos by me) #wildlife #conservation
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    You may have come across locally-grown strawberries and kale at our supermarkets. While normally impossible in our tropical climate, local company @susteniragriculture achieved this with R&D in smart indoor farming. This success story is a step towards our vision of “30 by 30” – for our agri-food industry to locally produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs by 2030. This will help to ensure our food security in the face of climate change, rising sea levels and temperatures. Glad that our investments in science and technology, and R&D are bearing fruit. I had a good meeting with the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC) today. Apart from food security, we will be investing more in our digital capabilities, and to develop cell therapy manufacturing capabilities. Research, innovation, and enterprise are critical to Singapore’s development. We must and will continue to invest in these areas to keep Singapore competitive and globally relevant. (With Benjamin Swan, Co-founder and CEO of Sustenir Agriculture at Yio Chu Kang Community Day 2018. / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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    Delighted to host a dinner to celebrate Mr Ong Pang Boon’s 90th birthday last night in Parliament House. This is also an anniversary year – the 65th of the PAP’s founding, the 60th of the first PAP Government in 1959, and the Singapore Bicentennial. It was a special occasion to celebrate those who have sacrificed and contributed to making Singapore what it is today. I have been privileged to have known Mr Ong since I was a little boy. He was then the PAP’s Organising Secretary. Mr Ong was only 30 when he first became a minister. He held key portfolios – Home Affairs (1959-63), then Education (1963-1970), Labour (1970-1980) and Environment (1980-1984). In 1965, Mr Ong was one of the 10 Singapore signatories who signed the Separation Agreement. As Minister of Education, Mr Ong introduced flag raising ceremonies in schools, and the daily recitation of what later became the National Pledge. You probably know that Mr Rajaratnam drafted the English pledge, but you may not know it was Mr Ong who had come up with the idea of a loyalty pledge to be taken by students, to inculcate national consciousness and patriotism. He wrote to Raja to explain this, and sent some initial drafts of the pledge by MOE staff to seek Raja’s comments and amendments. Raja then worked on it, and proposed a version which Mr Lee Kuan Yew subsequently amended to become the English pledge we have today. After the English text was settled, Mr Ong then personally amended the Chinese translation to produce the final Chinese version of the pledge. And so on 24 August 1966, schoolchildren all over Singapore, including myself, recited the Pledge for the first time before the national flag. Since then, generations of young Singaporeans have learnt the pledge by heart, and internalised what it means to be Singaporean. What started as a loyalty pledge for schoolchildren has now become the National Pledge for all Singaporeans. On behalf of all of us, Mr Ong, thank you for your years of dedicated service to the PAP, and for your many contributions to Singapore. Happy Birthday Mr Ong! Here's wishing you many more healthy and fruitful years ahead. - LHL
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    Residents in northeast Singapore can now access quality healthcare closer to home. Delighted to officially open Sengkang Hospital Campus this morning! This integrated campus comprises @sengkang_general_hospital and Sengkang Community Hospital. It also includes satellite clinics of NCC, NDC, NHC, SNEC, NNI, and KKH. Together, they will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, from initial diagnosis and treatment, to recuperation and rehabilitation. For patients, this means they can focus on getting well and not spend time travelling to see specialists in different hospitals. Glad to see that both hospitals have made much progress since my last visit in December. Singaporeans are living longer, but we are getting more chronic diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Our population is aging, and smaller families means fewer family members to look after each senior. So we need to rely on hospitals, general practitioners, polyclinics and community partners to look after us. But we can start by practising healthy living, and my hosts certainly got us exercising this morning. – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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    The pouring rain did not dampen spirits at Hwa Chong Institution’s centenary celebrations, which were held at its Bukit Timah campus last night! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The school has come a long way since it started out as The Chinese High School 100 years ago in a small building at Niven Road. It has witnessed many pivotal moments in Singapore’s history: WWII, the struggle for independence, and separation from Malaysia. In 2005, The Chinese High School merged with Hwa Chong JC to form the integrated Hwa Chong Institution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As HCI celebrates @hci100 this year, it can look back on its illustrious history and achievements with pride. I look forward to seeing Hwa Chong continue to uphold high academic standards, promote Chinese cultural values, and prepare students for our multi-racial, multi-religious society. May HCI thrive as an educational institution for many more years to come! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,3-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo by me ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    14-year-old Jacob Wong had to miss his Special Olympics debut in the 200m race because of an injury during a training session. He was naturally disappointed but took it in his stride, recovered, and later clinched a gold in his 100m race! Jacob was a @specialolympicssg athlete competing at the @worldgamesad this past week. This year’s tagline ‘Meet the Determined’ could not be more apt to describe our athletes, who brought home 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze medals at the close of the games today. All of them showed passion for sporting excellence, plus determination in overcoming personal challenges. We should celebrate such inspiring stories by our athletes who embody the never-give-up attitude, even when things do not go their way. Not forgetting the coaches, support staff, and families, who have cheered the athletes on at every stage of this journey. We mark a decade of participation at these games this year. As a society, we have made much progress empowering people with disabilities. Let us continue to support and encourage them, and build a kinder and more inclusive society together! – LHL #SpecialOlympics #MeetTheDetermined #OneTeamSG
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