Leading S'pore into the future

Leading S'pore into the future

His body language was telling. Those who saw Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong giving his speech at the 2013 People's Action Party (PAP) Convention on Sunday noticed a difference in his delivery.

He used forceful hand gestures to emphasise the importance of his message: Singapore and the PAP are at a critical crossroads.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli told The New Paper later: "I'm not a body language expert but you can feel the energy in his speech... After the last GE (general election), the party is beginning to gain traction to address the concerns and bigger issues facing Singaporeans."

The new challenges facing the country today have arisen from its diverse society, mature economy and contested political landscape.

The way forward was outlined in the party's Resolution 2013, which was shared among 1,000 party members at the Kallang Theatre on Sunday.

The resolution, with the theme "Our New Way Forward, A Call to Action", articulated the need for the PAP to strengthen the Singapore identity, build a just society, create opportunities for Singaporeans and uphold an "open and compassionate meritocracy", among other ideals.

The resolution was the result of numerous engagement sessions that took into account PAP members' views on issues close to their hearts.

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Some of the issues raised were the ageing population, upward social mobility and ethnic community needs.

Referring to social mobility, Mr Lee said: "People are more uncertain and anxious about the future because they see changes in the world. They see the winds blowing and they ask, 'Will the typhoon come to Singapore?' And if so, do I have a shelter?"

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