The world is changing fast, but what will not change is Singapore's need for good leaders, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
He called on the People's Action Party (PAP) not to shirk the responsibility to provide this, adding that if the ruling party fails to do so, Singapore will be in "deep trouble".
Speaking at a celebration of the PAP's 60th anniversary, Mr Lee reaffirmed his party's commitment to serving Singaporeans and leading the nation forward.
"No matter what the odds are and what circumstances we find ourselves in, the PAP will always be on Singapore's and Singaporeans' side and it will always do its best for Singapore and Singaporeans," he said to the 700 PAP members gathered at the Victoria Concert Hall, where the party was launched in 1954.
Among those present were former prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong (above, with Mr Lee) as well as the party's pioneer generation of MPs, party branch leaders, cadre members and members of the Cabinet.
Mr Lee, the secretary-general of the party, urged PAP members to hold fast to the ideal of building a just and equal society, which has been at the core of the party since its establishment.
He also said the ruling party would have to win the trust and support of the people and serve with humility, always conscious of their duty towards Singaporeans.
In a reflective speech recounting key moments in the history of Singapore and the PAP, he showed how the party had never given up on the country.
He paid special tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who turned the party into a national movement and was the architect of modern Singapore. He also thanked the party's activists for serving the ground, taking care of residents, mobilising support and keeping the party close to the people.
Ending his speech with the party pledge, Mr Lee urged all members to dedicate themselves anew so that all Singaporeans, regardless of race, language or religion, can enjoy a full and happy life.
This article was first published on Nov 08, 2014.
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