Lee Hsien Loong

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As part of the ongoing leadership renewal, Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister with effect from 1 May. He will remain as Minister for Finance and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation. He will act as Prime Minister in my absence. @teocheehean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish their appointments as DPMs, and be appointed instead as Senior Ministers in Cabinet. Chee Hean will continue as Coordinating Minister for National Security. Tharman will be re-designated as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. He will continue to advise the Prime Minister on economic policies. Concurrently, Tharman has been appointed Deputy Chairman of GIC. The next generation leadership is taking shape, and progressively taking over from me and my older colleagues. The team is working closely together, building up public trust and confidence in their leadership. I ask all Singaporeans to support them, and work together to secure a bright future for Singapore. You can read the full Statement on the PMO website here: https://on.pmo.sg/2KSWBUf ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – LHL
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I have been exploring the @nationallibrarysg’s excellent mobile app. It lets you borrow ebooks to read on your phone or tablet, wherever you may be. Best of all no late fees, as the ebook is automatically returned when it is due! ⠀ As today is #WorldBookDay, I thought you might be interested to see the books I have currently borrowed: ⠀ [ 我的终身大事 ] It is less than a fortnight to the centenary of the May 4th Movement, a seminal event in China’s modern history. 我的终身大事 is a brief playlet by 胡适, one of the leading figures in the Movement. It is not a major work, but gives a flavour of the times. ⠀ [ Our Story 平如美棠–我俩的故事 by Rao Pingru 饶平如 ] A moving and beautifully illustrated story of the author and his wife Meitang, from their childhoods until old age. The author wrote the book and drew the illustrations as a tribute to his wife after she died. It evokes China before the Japanese invaded, through war and revolution. ⠀ [ Raffles and Hastings ] This is a collection of letters which Stamford Raffles wrote to Lord Hastings, the Governor General of India, around the time Raffles came to Singapore. They give an insight into Raffles' thinking, how Hastings and others influenced the decision to set up a trading post in Singapore, and how the Dutch government and the British authorities in Penang (then the Prince of Wales Island) opposed this move. Interesting reading in the Bicentennial year. ⠀ [ Singathology ] A collection of writings by Singapore authors for the SG50 year. Many different genres – poetry, prose, plays, and in different languages too. We often pick up books by foreign authors, but we should remember that there is lots of good Singapore writing too! ⠀ [ Black and White Digital Photography ] This will hopefully help me improve my photo taking skills. ⠀ [ The Nature of Space and Time ] I was moved to borrow this ebook by the recent publication of the picture of the supermassive black hole in the M87 galaxy. It is a set of lectures by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, both experts in general relativity and particularly black holes. I don't understand the math in the lectures, but hope to get some flavour of the debate between Hawking and Penrose. ⠀ – LHL
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Water is Singapore’s most precious natural resource. Our water travels a long way and goes through a lot before it pours from our taps, clean and drinkable. Since independence, we’ve invested in new technologies, and diversified our water sources to include NEWater and desalinated water. We can do much more to ensure a sustainable water supply for our children and future generations. Simple steps like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, or turning off the shower when soaping, go a long way. Today is Earth Day, a time to remind ourselves to protect our precious resources and celebrate our beautiful planet. Enjoy this video by @pubsingapore on the many steps of a water droplet’s journey from the skies to our taps, and do be mindful when you turn on the tap. Every small action counts. – LHL #MakeEveryDropCount
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Today is Good Friday. It is a time of fasting, abstinence and prayer as Christians reflect on the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This solemn time of reflection and mourning continues through Saturday until Easter Sunday, the most important and joyous festival on the Christian calendar as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I wish all Christians a blessed Easter weekend, and an enjoyable long weekend to all! – LHL (The Blessed Sacrament Church in Queenstown with its iconic “tent” roof, meant to symbolise the “tent of meeting” in the Old Testament. Some know it better as the “origami” church! / MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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The @singaporeflyer officially opened 11 years ago today, on 15 April 2008. It has since become an instantly recognisable feature of our skyline. – LHL (Photo by me)
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Dropped by the Floral Fantasy as they put on the finishing touches during my #jalanjalan at @gardensbythebay last weekend. The displays are beautiful! 4 different garden landscapes - Dance, Float, Waltz, and Drift - each with its own concept and featuring flora from around the world. Besides flowers, Floral Fantasy includes something not typically seen in a garden – a 4D multimedia ride created in partnership with ST Engineering, which simulates a dragonfly’s flight through Gardens by the Bay. Floral Fantasy opens today so do visit when you get the chance! – LHL (Photos by me)
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Was pleased to meet Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the @icao Council, earlier today. We discussed developments in global aviation, including how Member States and the ICAO need to continue working closely to ensure continued safe and efficient growth of air traffic. The ICAO has made major contributions to the safety, security, and sustainability of aviation around the world since it was established 75 years ago. As a Member State, Singapore is proud to lend our expertise in many areas, including training, airspace management, and security. We will keep working with the ICAO to keep air travel turbulence-free. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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You may have seen or read the news about the first ever captured photo of a black hole. This black hole is not in our own Milky Way galaxy, but in another galaxy (named M87) far, far away – 50 million light years away. It is huge, 6.5 billion times as heavy as the sun. The Milky Way black hole is smaller and closer – “only” 4 million times the sun’s mass, and 26,000 light years away. Astronomers have not succeeded in getting its picture yet. The photo was created using data from a linked network of 8 radio telescopes spread across 4 continents, named the Event Horizon Telescope. This remarkable achievement is a fascinating read: https://eventhorizontelescope.org/ – LHL (@ehtelescope photo) #EHTblackhole #RealBlackHole
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The Gurkhas have a long history with Singapore. You have probably seen them on duty at major events such as the DPRK-US Singapore Summit last June and the annual Shangri-la Dialogue, and at key locations. Gurkhas have a well-deserved reputation for toughness, alertness, mental and physical resilience. They are totally dependable, highly self-disciplined, loyal and fearless in executing their duties. The Gurkha Contingent (GC) in the @singaporepoliceforce was formed in 1949. It has been deployed many times during racial conflict and civil unrest. They were there in the Maria Hertogh riots in 1950, the Hock Lee Bus riots in 1955, and the communal clashes between Malays and Chinese in 1964. At these tense moments when communal feelings ran high, the GC’s impartiality was crucial to restoring order and confidence. Today, the GC are an important force augmenting the Police response to new security and terrorism threats. Glad to visit the GC today to mark their 70th anniversary, to thank the officers and their families for their loyal and unwavering service, safeguarding Singapore and contributing to our peace and security. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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Am back home! A fruitful Leaders’ Retreat with Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) today. We discussed many issues concerning both countries, and agreed to strive for a cooperative and forward-looking relationship. As close neighbours bound by history and kinship, we must expect issues to crop up from time to time. When this happens, we need to keep channels of communication open, build trust, and tackle the issues pragmatically and with an eye to both sides’ concerns. Then we can move beyond solving problems to cooperating for mutual benefit. Click on the link in my profile to watch my joint press conference with PM Mahathir. – LHL (MCI Photos by LH Goh)
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Am in Putrajaya at the invitation of PM Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) for the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat. We have much to discuss. Look forward to a fruitful meeting with PM Mahathir tomorrow. 🇸🇾 – LHL (The Seri Wawasan Bridge, which connects the core island of Putrajaya where the government buildings are located to the surrounding areas. / MCI Photo by LH Goh)
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Spent a relaxed evening at the Botanic Gardens yesterday for the @singaporechineseorchestra’s Spring at the Gardens concert. We’ve had some wet weather lately, but fortunately conditions were perfect for yesterday’s performance! The orchestra performed spring and nature-themed pieces to celebrate the Gardens’ 160th anniversary. Also took the opportunity for a #jalanjalan, and snapped some photos of Singapore’s own ‘Sakura season’. How did you spend your weekend? – LHL (Photos by me)
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Watch PUB Chief Engineer Woo Lai Lynn introducing TBM Bahar – the first tunnel boring machine that will be used in the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. This is probably the only time you’ll get to see it! Once deployed, it will be deep underground, drilling the 3.5m wide tunnels that will make up the vast network of tunnels and link sewers that will convey used water to our water treatment plants. DTSS Phase 2 will cover the western part of the island, and involve 19 TBMs, more than twice as many as Phase 1. This major infrastructure project by @pubsingapore will take us another step forward in ensuring water security and sustainability. Well done to the PUB team and their partners for reaching this milestone! – LHL (@pubsingapore video)
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Went to the @pafrenz (PA) headquarters yesterday for the annual board meeting. Afterwards, I met grassroots leaders, volunteers, activists, community partners, and PA staff at a tea reception. The PA is a broad network that brings together people from all walks of life to do good for the community. If you have ideas to contribute and the passion to do something for others, do consider volunteering at your neighbourhood CC or in any of the grassroots organisations associated with the PA. You’d be surprised by the variety of programmes and interest groups! To all the PA volunteers and activists – keep up the good work! Singapore is a better home because of your hard work and commitment. – LHL (MCI Photos by Betty Chua)
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“There is no finish line to this Mission.” This was what I said to an international group of religious scholars on the topic of religious harmony. They are here as part of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) 5th Anniversary Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Distinguished Lecture and Inter-religious Symposium. We spoke candidly about the challenges of exclusivism and segregation, and their impact on our open and multi-religious society. I also shared with them how we help children learn about other cultures and races through events like Racial Harmony Day. Maintaining religious harmony demands a continuous effort by the government and religious leaders. I am glad RSIS is equipping students with the knowledge and skills to foster inter-religious relations, and engaging community and religious leaders of all faiths. Promoting inclusivity and dialogue is crucial to building understanding and tolerance between different faiths. – LHL (MCI Photo by Fyrol)
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For nearly a decade, the Integrated Resorts (IRs) – @marinabaysands and @rwsentosa – have been a centrepiece of Singapore's tourism industry. Rather than resting on their laurels, the two IRs will be investing $9 billion to build new attractions and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) facilities. The expansion will create more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans, and keep Singapore an exciting place for both locals and tourists to enjoy. – LHL (Photo by me)
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Joined my fellow grassroots advisers for our annual Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Endearing Committee Dialogue today. We had a candid exchange on topics that the grassroots committees were interested in, from constituency matters to regional and global issues. We also discussed ongoing efforts to make our neighbourhoods more accessible and barrier free, population matters (go forth and multiply !), and how we can equip our youth with the skills needed to take on global competition. I am confident that we have the means for our children to grow up in a better Singapore, and chart their own brighter courses ahead. Thank you to everyone who took part in the dialogue this morning! – LHL
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20 years ago, the Asian Financial Crisis catalysed the creation of @ChannelNewsAsia, to present news with Asian perspectives and viewpoints relevant to viewers in Asia. 20 years later CNA has become the go-to channel for key news events in Asia, reaching more than 80 million households in 29 territories. It has transformed from just TV news to a multi-platform news provider that is a reputable and valuable brand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Congratulations CNA. I wish you many more successful years ahead! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photo by Clement) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Took a #jalanjalan on the wild side over the last two Sundays at the Singapore Zoo in Mandai and the Jurong Bird Park. With over 700 species and nearly 6,000 creatures, these two sites give visitors a fascinating look into the local fauna, as well as creatures from around the world. For many of us, the bird park and zoo are familiar favourite locations – we visit them first as children, then as parents, and again as grandparents! Both the zoo and bird park continue to contribute to global conservation efforts. I am glad to see how they have developed over the years to what they are now. When we complete the new Mandai areas, I am confident that visitors to these world-class wildlife sanctuaries will have an even more memorable experience. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at @wrs.ig for your hard work in keeping all your creatures safe and well cared for! – LHL (Photos by me) #wildlife #conservation
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You may have come across locally-grown strawberries and kale at our supermarkets. While normally impossible in our tropical climate, local company @susteniragriculture achieved this with R&D in smart indoor farming. This success story is a step towards our vision of “30 by 30” – for our agri-food industry to locally produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs by 2030. This will help to ensure our food security in the face of climate change, rising sea levels and temperatures. Glad that our investments in science and technology, and R&D are bearing fruit. I had a good meeting with the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC) today. Apart from food security, we will be investing more in our digital capabilities, and to develop cell therapy manufacturing capabilities. Research, innovation, and enterprise are critical to Singapore’s development. We must and will continue to invest in these areas to keep Singapore competitive and globally relevant. (With Benjamin Swan, Co-founder and CEO of Sustenir Agriculture at Yio Chu Kang Community Day 2018. / MCI Photo by Betty Chua)
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Delighted to host a dinner to celebrate Mr Ong Pang Boon’s 90th birthday last night in Parliament House. This is also an anniversary year – the 65th of the PAP’s founding, the 60th of the first PAP Government in 1959, and the Singapore Bicentennial. It was a special occasion to celebrate those who have sacrificed and contributed to making Singapore what it is today. I have been privileged to have known Mr Ong since I was a little boy. He was then the PAP’s Organising Secretary. Mr Ong was only 30 when he first became a minister. He held key portfolios – Home Affairs (1959-63), then Education (1963-1970), Labour (1970-1980) and Environment (1980-1984). In 1965, Mr Ong was one of the 10 Singapore signatories who signed the Separation Agreement. As Minister of Education, Mr Ong introduced flag raising ceremonies in schools, and the daily recitation of what later became the National Pledge. You probably know that Mr Rajaratnam drafted the English pledge, but you may not know it was Mr Ong who had come up with the idea of a loyalty pledge to be taken by students, to inculcate national consciousness and patriotism. He wrote to Raja to explain this, and sent some initial drafts of the pledge by MOE staff to seek Raja’s comments and amendments. Raja then worked on it, and proposed a version which Mr Lee Kuan Yew subsequently amended to become the English pledge we have today. After the English text was settled, Mr Ong then personally amended the Chinese translation to produce the final Chinese version of the pledge. And so on 24 August 1966, schoolchildren all over Singapore, including myself, recited the Pledge for the first time before the national flag. Since then, generations of young Singaporeans have learnt the pledge by heart, and internalised what it means to be Singaporean. What started as a loyalty pledge for schoolchildren has now become the National Pledge for all Singaporeans. On behalf of all of us, Mr Ong, thank you for your years of dedicated service to the PAP, and for your many contributions to Singapore. Happy Birthday Mr Ong! Here's wishing you many more healthy and fruitful years ahead. - LHL
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Residents in northeast Singapore can now access quality healthcare closer to home. Delighted to officially open Sengkang Hospital Campus this morning! This integrated campus comprises @sengkang_general_hospital and Sengkang Community Hospital. It also includes satellite clinics of NCC, NDC, NHC, SNEC, NNI, and KKH. Together, they will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, from initial diagnosis and treatment, to recuperation and rehabilitation. For patients, this means they can focus on getting well and not spend time travelling to see specialists in different hospitals. Glad to see that both hospitals have made much progress since my last visit in December. Singaporeans are living longer, but we are getting more chronic diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Our population is aging, and smaller families means fewer family members to look after each senior. So we need to rely on hospitals, general practitioners, polyclinics and community partners to look after us. But we can start by practising healthy living, and my hosts certainly got us exercising this morning. – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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The pouring rain did not dampen spirits at Hwa Chong Institution’s centenary celebrations, which were held at its Bukit Timah campus last night! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The school has come a long way since it started out as The Chinese High School 100 years ago in a small building at Niven Road. It has witnessed many pivotal moments in Singapore’s history: WWII, the struggle for independence, and separation from Malaysia. In 2005, The Chinese High School merged with Hwa Chong JC to form the integrated Hwa Chong Institution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As HCI celebrates @hci100 this year, it can look back on its illustrious history and achievements with pride. I look forward to seeing Hwa Chong continue to uphold high academic standards, promote Chinese cultural values, and prepare students for our multi-racial, multi-religious society. May HCI thrive as an educational institution for many more years to come! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1,3-5] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; [2] Photo by me ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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14-year-old Jacob Wong had to miss his Special Olympics debut in the 200m race because of an injury during a training session. He was naturally disappointed but took it in his stride, recovered, and later clinched a gold in his 100m race! Jacob was a @specialolympicssg athlete competing at the @worldgamesad this past week. This year’s tagline ‘Meet the Determined’ could not be more apt to describe our athletes, who brought home 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze medals at the close of the games today. All of them showed passion for sporting excellence, plus determination in overcoming personal challenges. We should celebrate such inspiring stories by our athletes who embody the never-give-up attitude, even when things do not go their way. Not forgetting the coaches, support staff, and families, who have cheered the athletes on at every stage of this journey. We mark a decade of participation at these games this year. As a society, we have made much progress empowering people with disabilities. Let us continue to support and encourage them, and build a kinder and more inclusive society together! – LHL #SpecialOlympics #MeetTheDetermined #OneTeamSG
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Marina Bay is one of our most scenic spots, but it’s even better experienced onboard a sailboat! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was all smooth sailing on Saturday as our able skippers, Singapore Sailing Federation CEO Lim Han Ee, SSF member Rupert Ong, and 2015 SEA Games Gold Medalist Daniella Ng Hui Min steered our SM40 sailboat around the Bay. Ho Ching and I took turns to do two races with sailors from @nus_singapore, @ntu_sg, @sgsmu and @singaporepoly. The young ones are definitely more adept sailors than we are! :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was great to take in the familiar sights of the Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, and the Esplanade from the water! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My outing was courtesy of the DBS Sailing at the Bay programme. DBS started this to give the public the opportunity to explore Marina Bay and try out sailing for free. Do give it try! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My thanks to DBS and SSF for hosting us! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ([1] Photo courtesy of howiephoto.com; [2,3] MCI Photos by Kenji Soon) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The March school holidays are here again! I am sure you are looking forward to the short break, and deservedly so. Our Scouts will be spending their March holidays a little differently! @singaporescout has just kicked off their annual Scout Job Week. From now until 30 Mar, scouts across Singapore will be going to homes and offices to offer their help with small jobs and chores in return for donations. However you choose to spend your time, I hope you’ll make the most of it. :) Have a fulfilling break! – LHL (With a scout group I met in Marsiling last week. Have a good Job Week! / MCI Photo by Kenji Soon)
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Met Saxony Minister-President @michaelkretschmer yesterday. Relations between Saxony, Germany, and Singapore have grown steadily since my visit to Dresden in 2015, and it was good to take stock of what we have achieved. Education is an area where we can do more. Mr Kretschmer explained that many German tertiary institutions teach in English too, not only in German. He welcomed our students to consider pursuing their studies in Germany, or to spend a semester or two on exchange there, just as quite a few German students spend time in Singapore. Singapore has notable investments in Saxony, in aircraft engineering and solar energy. The SAF trains in the Oberlausitz Military Training Area in Saxony. We also have cultural exchanges: the Dresden Semperoper Ballet @semperoperballett is performing at the @Esplanadesingapore this weekend. Mr Kretschmer invited Ho Ching and me to last night’s performance. My congratulations to the company for their energetic and impeccable performance! You can still catch them tonight. There is much potential to deepen ties, and learn from each other in many fields. Happy to see our relationship continue to grow! – LHL (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon)
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Sat down yesterday for an interesting dialogue with the Owners Forum, an international group of family business owners. The members own large, multigenerational and global family enterprises. One participant asked: In ten years’ time, how would I measure Singapore’s success, socially and economically? I said I hoped that 10 years from now, we will still have the same spirit of wanting to go forth and do something, the same sense that we have to be better than others in order to be equal to others, the same instinct to help one other to move forward together. One warning indicator to watch out for: whether we have lowered our guard, and forgotten that as a small country living in a dangerous world, we will always be vulnerable, and must rely on our wits to make our living. We have lived in peace and prospered for half a century since independence. We must not let this seduce us into thinking that now we can relax, and take liberties. My thanks to the Owners Forum for inviting me to speak to them. – LHL (With Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, who moderated the dialogue. / MCI Photo by Clement)
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Visited Marsiling division yesterday at the invitation of @zaqym. Many residents were spending Sunday out and about at Marsiling Lane Market & Cooked Food Centre, Marsiling Park, and Fuchun Community Club. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also had a dialogue session with grassroots leaders and students, where we spoke about various issues ranging from education, special needs, cost of living, and SkillsFuture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to Lawrence Wong, Zaqy Mohamad, Alex Yam and Ong Teng Koon for their hard work in taking care of Marsiling residents. For Zaqy, it is double duty as he is also looking after residents in Keat Hong. Hope that residents will continue to support Zaqy and his team as they continue to do good, do well, and do together to make Marsiling a better home! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Kenji Soon; except for [4] Photos by me) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Mdm Tong Yek Xuan (唐玉璇), also known by her stage name Yu Xuan. I had just met her and her group 闲杂人等 - The ETC, on Friday, when they performed at a dinner I attended. She was a talented singer and accomplished songwriter. When not at her day job as a vocal coach, her passion for music would see her with her group busking in the heartlands, often at Hougang Mall. Due to her medical condition, she could not stand for long periods, and sang sitting on a chair or wheelchair. Singapore has lost a musical talent. My condolences to Yek Xuan’s family. – LHL (Photo by Alex Yam)
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Today is #InternationalWomensDay. We all play a part in building Singapore, but women have a vital role: they are often the primary caregivers, prioritising their families over their careers or personal aspirations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The #SGBicentennial CPF top-up that was announced during the Budget debate will help many homemakers who could not build up their retirement funds. This top-up of up to $1,000 will benefit 300,000 Singaporeans aged 50 to 64 (60% of whom are women!), who have less than $60,000 of retirement savings in their CPF accounts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ MOM also recently announced measures to support women in the workplace. For example, we increased the budget for the Work Life grant from $30 million to $100 million, to support companies offering flexible working arrangements for their employees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The adage is true: Behind every successful nation, is its women. :) Once again, a happy International Women’s Day to everyone! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Photo by me) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The @nationallibrarysg did a mini-exhibition in Parliament House of rare historical materials about early Singapore from its collection. Several of the items piqued my interest because they were uniquely Singaporean – a football guide written in Jawi (a modified Arabic script used for Malay), and a Hokkien-Malay dictionary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This page explaining a 2-3-5 formation caught my eye. The various player positions such as “right back” and “left back” were annotated in English and Jawi. The Jawi was not just a translation into Malay of the meaning of the English terms, but a transliteration of the English sounds, i.e. the original English words, but spelt out using the Jawi alphabet, followed by the translations "belakang kanan" and "belakang kiri"! (Even the modern Malay terms, “bek kanan” and “bek kiri”, use a transliteration of the word “back”.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Parallel to the football guide in Jawi was this glossary of Malay words for Hokkien speakers. Malay words were transliterated into Chinese characters (as pronounced in Hokkien). For example, 回家 (reading from right to left) had Chinese characters below it that approximated the sounds of the Malay equivalent (balik rumah). Can you figure out the other translations? :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The exhibition will be open to the public this weekend at the National Library Building. Glad that NLB is making Singapore’s rich history more accessible with these glimpses from our past. A great way to mark #SGBicentennial! – LHL ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (MCI Photos by Clement)