Singapore— At ruling People’s Action Party PAP65 Awards and Convention at the Singapore Expo on Sunday night, November 10, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called the next General Election “a tough fight” and told the over 2,500 party activists in attendance that they must be prepared for it.
“This election is not just about the PAP doing a little bit better or a little bit worse. This election will decide if Singapore can sustain a good and stable government, to be different from other countries for a long time to come.”
The event was held in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the party which laid its foundation on November 21, 1954. PM Lee said, “The PAP turns 65 this year. It will always remain a party of the people. Every party member must identify with the people, and serve the people.”
“The People’s Action Party (PAP) turns 65. This year’s Awards and Convention is significant – it may be the last time our Party activists meet before the General Election (GE).
The next GE is crucial. It is about the future of Singapore. We must convince Singaporeans to give the PAP a strong mandate, in order to secure Singapore for the long term.
To keep the people’s confidence and support, I told our activists that the PAP must do three things: first, devote ourselves to serving Singaporeans and so maintain their trust; second, give our people hope for the future, and third, keep our society united and cohesive.
We will work with Singaporeans and for Singaporeans, to advance Singapore for a brighter tomorrow!,” the Prime Minister is quoted as saying on the PAP’s Facebook page.
PM Lee told the audience about a conversation his late father, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, had with the PAP branch secretary of Tanjong Pagar,
“He once told me that in the most difficult days of Singapore’s independence struggle, people used to say, ‘if you follow LKY, you will be alright’.
They saw what Mr Lee and his generation of leaders stood for, how they fought for their convictions and what they did for the people,” said a report in TODAY.
The Prime Minister also urged the PAP activists to throw their support behind the party’s fourth generation (4G) leaders, whom he says, are fully aware of the big task ahead of them. He added that this coming GE will decide the “future of Singapore,” and that the country could face major setbacks if the political situation grows dysfunctional and lacks stability.
“They deserve our full support. Back them, they are our team, they are Singapore’s team.”
He added, ”Soon, it will be time for battle again.
We must convince Singaporeans that the PAP continues to be their champion, and that the PAP will work with them and for them and advance Singapore towards a brighter tomorrow.” -/TISG