National Day Rally 2013: As it happened
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered his National Day Rally 2013 speech today (Aug 18) at ITE Headquarters and College Central, outlining key policy changes.
From 6.45pm to 7.30pm, Mr Lee delivered the Malay and Mandarin portions of his speech. Following an intermission, he delivered his English speech from 8pm to 10pm.
6.47pm: “At the An Nur Mosque during Ramadan, I saw the “gotong royong” spirit. I would like to see this grow over time.” Full story at: http://tdy.sg/19r3TlE
6.49pm: Mr Lee said in the Malay portion of the National Day Rally: “In next few years, 3 new mosques will be built in Woodlands, Jurong West and Punggol. By 2013, 18,000 more prayer spaces will be added. This is good news for Muslims.”
6.50pm: “All should have opportunities to do well. You should not worry about healthcare, old age and housing. The state has to strengthen our social safety nets, foster fairer opportunities and rewards for all Singaporeans.”
6.52pm: On helping low income households, Mr Lee said: “Every child should have a good start in life, regardless of background. We will extend Edusave accounts, contributions to all students, whether in madrasahs, abroad or homeschooled.”
7.07pm: In the Mandarin portion of his National Day Rally, Mr Lee said: “For this generation’s children, education levels, economic well-being, life expectancy have all gone up.
7.08pm: “I believe European economies will recover, and prospects for China are good.”
7.09pm: “Singapore has a stable economy, high employment. But there will be downsides as we transform our economy. We need to control foreign worker numbers, or it will lead to serious consequences.”
7.10pm: On the foreign worker issue, Mr Lee said: “The Government understands difficulties that businesses have, and we will try our best to help.”