Cheers for for Mr Lee at N-Day dinner

FORMER prime minister Lee Kuan Yew last night continued his unbroken record of attending every single National Day dinner in his Tanjong Pagar constituency.

On arriving for the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru dinner at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club, Mr Lee, 90, was cheered loudly by some 900 residents, grassroots leaders and clan association representatives. He then rose to sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge with the audience.

In brief remarks, he wished them a happy National Day.

"Every year we are gathered here. In the past 20 years, there has not been one year we have made negative progress and that is something special. It is due to the work of our people. I'm confident we will continue to make progress."

Referring to upgrading projects for Tanjong Pagar, he added: "Without progress, higher GDP every year, we will not be able to do this. It is because we have the (necessary resources) that we can proceed with all these obligations to our people."

The audience then made a toast to Singapore - and to Mr Lee, who turns 91 on Sept 16.

This article was first published on August 14, 2014.
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