The Young Sikh Association (Singapore) and the Sikh Centre organised a plaque presentation ceremony on Sept 21 to recognise the academic achievements of young Sikh graduates, including those who pursue postgraduate studies.
The guest of honour at the event was Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli (above centre, with the graduates), who assured the gathering that the Government understands the concerns of all Singaporeans and will do what it can to continue to support its citizens, including young graduates entering the workforce.
He said: "There are naturally concerns at the back of your mind, including finding a rewarding job and, subsequently, developing a fulfilling career.
Others may also be looking to start a family and juggle with managing the cost of living, housing and healthcare issues, both for themselves and their families. The Government understands this and wants to help all Singaporeans achieve these goals."
He added that the Government also understands the challenges that sometimes come with attaining such aspirations and has introduced new measures to support a young generation coming into the workforce.
Making reference to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech, Mr Masagos touched on the Government's efforts in providing affordable housing and extensive medical coverage for Singaporeans, its focus on holistic education and ensuring employment for all.
Mr Masagos called on the graduates to contribute in their own ways to their community and the larger society.
He said: "We ask for you to work towards being proactive within your neighbourhood, your community and the larger society as a whole and look for opportunities to share what you know and give back where you can. It is only in all of us doing our bit and our part that we can rise to achieve greater things for us and the next generation to come."