Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong glossed over several key issues regarding Singaporeans, and living in Singapore on chat show ASK PM. Throughout the hour-long discussion, Lee put up his defence for the Singapore government’s stance on education, housing, and cost of living, amongst other issues. To top it off, he gave audience’s a glimpse of his personal vision for the future. Here are excerpts straight from the Prime Minister’s mouth.
Rising cost of living and the Singaporean Dream:
“People’s expectations have changed and people put more pressure on themselves.”
“Petrol prices, go up, electricity prices go up, housing prices go up. Consumer prices have gone up 31%. Incomes have gone up faster than prices. Nowadays everybody has air-con.”
“We are one of the best places to grow up and grow old in.”
“Whether you’re a graduate or not doesn’t matter. It depends on whether you’re performing.
“Study had and do well in school. After you have graduated, don’t think that’s the end of your learning.”
“We have never arrived. We can improve, and there’s always tomorrow.”
On non-University Graduate MPS:
“We didn’t choose them because they were poly graduates. We just chose them and they happened to be.”
On Raising the Retirement Age:
“My Radiographer is 78 years old and he’s still growing strong.”
On the Need for PSLE:
“In Singapore, the PSLE is important because it shows how well you’ve done in school ,ad nwhich secondary school you go to.”
“We have a PSLE, we have one good exam, and that decides where you go in secondary school. Thereafter you can move on in life. That’s not the last time you have to move on in life.”
On the NLB Incident:
“We are never going to be a single-valued Singapore.”
“We have the diversity and that should not pull us apart.”
On Appointing New Leaders:
“We’ll need leaders who are dedicated, who are totally committed to Singapore, and their responsibilities.
“You need to be a bit of a showman.”
On Appointing a Female Prime Minister:
“Of course. Absolutely.“
On Singapore’s Future:
“We used to say we are a sampan. Now we are a motor-boat. The seas are unpredictable. The storms may come.”
“We have to move on together. If we don’t move on together, we will be in serious trouble.”
“We are a small country. We have the responsibility to help our children enjoy a better life than we do.”
“I worry whether we’ll be strong enough to hold over next 50 years. ”
Prime Minister Lee Hopes to Work Till 70:
“I hope I’ll still be the PM when I’m 70 years old.”
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