Singapore— Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is scheduled to deliver his National Day Rally speech this coming Sunday, August 18. The venue for this year’s delivery is the Institute of Technical Education at PM Lee’s own GRC, at 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720.
From 6:45 pm until 7:30 pm the Prime Minister will make the speech in Mandarin and Malay, followed by the speech in English from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm.
The schedule and venue for PM Lee’s National Day Rally speech was first announced earlier this year, in March, and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a press release on Monday, August 12, again announcing the schedule of the speech as well as informing the public as to how they could view or listen to the speech.
The Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech may be listened to on local radio and watched on TV stations, as well as via live streaming through PMO YouTube (www.youtube.com/pmosingapore) or the Facebook page of the Prime Minister (www.facebook.com/leehsienloong).
Netizens can also catch the broadcast via the Facebook page of government feedback unit REACHSingapore, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI)www.facebook.com/REACHSingapore, or through Toggle.sg and channelnewsasia.com.
And anyone who wishes to join the conversation is encouraged to use the #ndrsg hashtag in their posts and tweets.
The PMO’s press release also noted the following:
“The National Day Rally will be broadcasted in English on Channel 5, Okto and 938NOW from 6.45 pm and 8.15 pm. The Mandarin broadcast will be on Channel 8, Channel U and Capital 95.8FM from 6.45 pm and 8.15 pm. The Malay broadcast will be on Suria and Warna 94.2FM from 6.45 pm and 8.15 pm. The Tamil broadcast will be on Vasantham and Oli 96.8FM from 6.45 pm and 8.15 pm. CNA will broadcast the National Day Rally’s Malay and Chinese speeches with summary captions in English from 6.45 pm, and the English speech with summary captions from 8.15 pm.”
This is PM Lee’s 16th National Day Rally speech and the seventh time that the Institute of Technical Education will be the venue for it.
The speech is considered by many as the most significant one the Prime Minister will make all year since important policy thrusts and changes are often introduced through the National Day Rally speech.
Last week, just before National Day celebrations, what the Prime Minister said may have been a foretaste of the topics he will touch on this coming Sunday, such as basic education becoming more affordable to families from lower or middle-income groups, and the raising of retirement and re-employment ages. He may also talk about the Merdeka Generation Package, aimed to assist qualified Singaporeans with their medical expenses.
In 2018, three main topics that PM Lee talked about as having a long-term impact on the future of the country were preschool education, the fight against diabetes, and making Singapore a Smart Nation./ TISG