Monday, 8 June 2015

[Today] SEA Games ceremony a welcome treat for SG50

Watching the “live” telecast of the SEA Games opening ceremony reminded me of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s foresight in promoting unity among the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).
It was also heart-warming to watch. Singaporeans, foreigners, visitors, dignitaries and athletes from ASEAN were hosted at a colourful, spectacular event, which has also energised us for the Golden Jubilee celebrations this year, with a holiday stretching from August 7 to August 10.
This year is a chance for the Singapore spirit to be further strengthened. Let us inspire the younger generation to greater success and motivate them to accept social responsibility, such as in caring for the aged. In 15 years, some 900,000 pioneers would require love, assistance and home care.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong and the organising committee of the SEA Games must be commended for their outstanding contributions to the nation.
The multiculturalism we witnessed is one of Singapore’s core values, and with it we can ensure that vibrant, cosmopolitan Singapore will prevail in the years to come.