PM: Help others to progress together

PM: Help others to progress together

Work hard and you have "every chance to succeed", but help those who are not as fortunate.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  said this yesterday at an Edusave award ceremony in his Teck Ghee ward in Ang Mo Kio GRC, where more than 1,000 students received awards, reported The Straits Times Online.

Mr Lee said that family background, income level or which school they attend does not matter.

"In Singapore, it doesn't matter what your starting point in life is. If you work hard, if you have the ability, you can rise," he said.

While the awards are a reflection of the Government's commitment to education as well his own "personal emphasis that we must pay attention to the education of every child in Singapore", Mr Lee also urged the students to work hard not just for grades and awards.

He expressed his hope that they would grow up to be "good people, responsible citizens and caring Singaporeans".

And students who have worked hard to be successful also have a responsibility to help and care for others, Channel NewsAsia reported him as saying.

"We're not just doing well for ourselves, we also have to help others, and in particular, to help those who are not as fortunate as ourselves," he said.

"We cannot be living in a society where the winner takes all."

Added Mr Lee: "And when you succeed, you know that you worked hard, but friends helped you, parents helped you, teachers helped you, your colleagues helped you. Your classmates gave you friendly competition, shared homework with you.

"And so, you owe a responsibility to them to help them too, to care for them and to work together to give back to society, so that we can all progress together."

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