The People's Action Party (PAP) has walked with Singaporeans since before independence and it is proud of its track record and past, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.
"In this election, there are many political parties, but the PAP is the only party that can be your partner for life," he told the crowd at a PAP rally in Choa Chu Kang last night.
Some opposition parties have been saying that the PAP only speaks of its past, but Mr Wong said to cheers: "We are proud of our past.
"We are proud that we are the party of our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. We are proud of our track record."
This past, added the minister, would guide the party as it charts the path ahead.
Mr Wong, a candidate in the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, promised Yew Tee residents that he and his team would work to improve connectivity in the area.
When the Downtown Line is ready, he said, a shuttle bus service will take residents to the Bukit Panjang station on the new line.
In the longer term, his team will appeal to the Land Transport Authority to consider extending the Downtown Line so that Yew Tee residents can have a station nearby.
He was on stage with teammate Alex Yam, who has been MP for Yew Tee, to support the PAP team in Chua Chu Kang GRC.
Yew Tee ward, which used to be in Chua Chu Kang GRC, is now part of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.
"The boundaries may change, the candidates may change. But the PAP remains the same," said Mr Wong.
Acknowledging that not everything is perfect, Mr Wong said Singapore is a place where every child has an equal shot at success in life and there are opportunities for people of all races and religions.
"We are a society where everyone and anyone can make it.
"You can make good if you persevere and you can achieve your potential," he said.
To keep this alive, the PAP has strengthened social safety nets and there are more opportunities in school and in the workplace.
"We in the PAP offer you our track record for scrutiny. We offer you our plans for the future. And we offer to you our service," Mr Wong said.
This article was first published on September 6, 2015.
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