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President Tony Tan Promises to Strengthen Social Safety Nets

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam has pledged to strengthen social safety nets, at the re-opening of parliament. It’s one of six goals that Mr Tan said the government is pursuing to build a better future for Singapore and its people.

Mr Tan said the government will aim to:

Continue to make housing affordable and develop new housing options
Ensure affordability and quality of healthcare to Singaporeans
Improve existing CPFsavings and CPF Life annuity schemes
Government spending over the next decade, particularly on social programmes

And the six goals which the government says it will pursue to improve life in Singapore:

Strengthening safety nets
Enhancing retirement adequacy
Supporting families and communities
Creating a better quality life for Singaporeans
Creating opportunities for adults to have a fulfilling career
Enabling young Singaporeans to fulfil their potential.

Mr Tan also urged Singaporeans to treat immigrants and foreigners with “graciousness, kindness and fellowship”.

He said that this spirit will enable us to progress and prosper together.

“As we approach our 50th anniversary of independence, let us pledge ourselves anew to build a better, brighter Singapore,” – Singapore President Tony Tan

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