As Singapore forges a new way forward in nation building, the ruling People's Action Party's leadership has to play the important role of managing policy changes, said party chairman Khaw Boon Wan.
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At the event, Mr Khaw also recognised 353 party activists and gave out commendation medals and long service medals to them.
Here is an excerpt from Mr Khaw's speech at the event:
"In the past 12 months since the last Party Awards Presentation Ceremony, our Party has continued to make progress in its mission to provide a better life for all Singaporeans.
"We have strengthened our capacity at Party HQ. We have reviewed and enhanced our internal processes. We have expanded our outreach and support for our Branches. We have intensified branch engagement. We have increased our party membership, especially among the young. We have stepped up training for party activists and up-skilled our branch capabilities.
"All these efforts are necessary to ensure that our Party remain responsive to the needs and aspirations of Singaporeans.
"Our Singapore Conversation has provided a new approach to engage Singaporeans. It has received a very positive response. Many Singaporeans came forward to share their concerns, their dreams and their aspirations. Our party activists played an active role in contributing to the national conversation.
"We are doing all these because the world, and in turn, Singapore, is at a turning point. The world is changing rapidly. So we must reassess our position and refresh our strategies.
"As emphasised by Comrade Lee Hsien Loong at his National Day Rally, we must make a strategic shift in our approach to nation building. We must forge a new way forward together. As we attend to current problems, we must still plan ahead, pre-empt future problems and create new possibilities for our future generations.