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The sole purpose of FICA is, will always be, the prevention of foreign powers from interfering with our domestic matters

Parliament passed the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (FICA) on Oct. 4, 2021 — three years after it was first raised. Amidst the many questions raised and the robust debate from both sides of the aisle, we must not lose sight of the reasons for this important Act. FICA is, and will always be, a tool The sole purpose of FICA is, will always be, the prevention of foreign powers from interfering with our domestic matters

Economic Openness and Cultural Diversity are key to Singapore’s success

As a globally connected city-state, Singapore is heavily dependent on foreign investments and talent to grow our economy and improve lives of Singaporeans. As a multicultural and multiethnic society, Singapore’s social stability depends on the close ties and relations that have been formed across different social and ethnic groups. These two factors – economic openness Economic Openness and Cultural Diversity are key to Singapore’s success

The politics of hope and future vs the politics of the Extreme Right: Parliamentary debate on CECA

A lengthy and intense Parliamentary debate on Singaporeans’ jobs and livelihoods, which lasted more than 10 hours, took place on Sep. 14, 2021. What does it mean for Singapore politics? The debate was about two motions, one tabled by Mr Leong Mun Wai of the PSP and the other by Minister Lawrence Wong from the The politics of hope and future vs the politics of the Extreme Right: Parliamentary debate on CECA

In Session: Teo Chee Hean’s ‘A Low-Carbon and Climate Resilient Singapore’ speech at Committee of Supply 2020

Mr Chairman, Sir. Across the globe, the effects of climate change are clear and present. Weather patterns have become more extreme; ice sheets and glaciers are melting. Singapore too has experienced more episodes of unusually heavy rainfall accompanied by some flooding. Prolonged dry weather exacerbates the smoke haze that affects our region. As a low-lying In Session: Teo Chee Hean’s ‘A Low-Carbon and Climate Resilient Singapore’ speech at Committee of Supply 2020

We are here to discuss how we can build our future together: Heng Swee Keat

At the Building Our Future Singapore Together dialogue on June 15, 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat spoke about his vision for Singapore: that government and the people can build a shared future, one where everyone will have a part to play. Here’s his speech in full. We are here to discuss how we We are here to discuss how we can build our future together: Heng Swee Keat

The real Singapore story is society-wide upliftment: Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered a speech at the Economic Society of Singapore SG50 Distinguished Lecture, explaining how we achieved broad-based social upliftment with a vibrant economy. Here’s his speech in full. The story of Singapore’s first 50 years that is best known internationally is of economic progress leading to a remarkable rise in GDP The real Singapore story is society-wide upliftment: Tharman Shanmugaratnam

A clean and incorruptible system is part of the Singapore psyche

It took strong political leadership from the founding members of the PAP to build Singapore’s brand of incorruptibility, which is etched in the Singapore psyche and is well known throughout the world. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau ‘s (CPIB) 60th anniversary on Sep. 18, 2012 and reiterated his A clean and incorruptible system is part of the Singapore psyche

PM Lee’s ‘Inclusive Society Forged by Common Purpose’ speech at his Swearing in Ceremony in 2004

Friends and Fellow Singaporeans When Mr Goh Chok Tong persuaded me to enter politics in 1984, it was a big change from the army. I had gone to university on government scholarships, and benefited from the Singapore system. As a boy, I had watched Singapore become independent. Then, as a young man I saw it PM Lee’s ‘Inclusive Society Forged by Common Purpose’ speech at his Swearing in Ceremony in 2004

Of big shoes, team spirit and a fresh mandate: ESM Goh’s first National Day Rally speech

Friends and fellow citizens, this is a big occasion for me. It is also a difficult occasion. I said that I was not going to wear Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s shoes, but I found myself stepping into his shoes tonight. I am not going to follow his act. I am going to walk my own Of big shoes, team spirit and a fresh mandate: ESM Goh’s first National Day Rally speech

Societies which do not educate and realise potential of women are worse off: Lee Kuan Yew in 1975

In his speech at the NTUC International Women’s year on Sep. 1, 1975, founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew spoke about how Singapore must educate and use the abilities and energies of our women, putting in motion childcare services near workplaces to help women stay in the workforce. Today, the Party’s commitment to supporting women Societies which do not educate and realise potential of women are worse off: Lee Kuan Yew in 1975

Speeches that shaped Singapore: Goh Keng Swee’s speech on the National Service Bill

Despite not having a blueprint to refer as the Minister of Interior and Defence, Dr Goh Keng Swee’s vision of a Singapore defended by Singaporeans laid the foundations of the Singapore Armed Forces we have today. On Mar. 13, 1967, Dr Goh spoke in parliament about the National Service Bill and laid bare the options Speeches that shaped Singapore: Goh Keng Swee’s speech on the National Service Bill

Speeches that shaped Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘independence was thrust upon us’ speech

Friends and fellow citizens May I briefly sum up the points which I made (in Malay).  First, the conditions obtained two and a half years ago, in June 1963, when I came here, and the conditions today are entirely different. The world has changed — and changed very much for us. Now, to begin with, Speeches that shaped Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘independence was thrust upon us’ speech

Speeches that shaped Singapore: S. Rajaratnam’s UN speech in 1965

On the occasion of Singapore’s admission to the United Nations on Sep. 21, 1965, Former Deputy Prime Minister S Rajaratnam addressed the United Nations General Assembly in his capacity as Foreign Minister, calling for peace and stability in the region and maintained that resources would only be spent on fighting the wars against poverty and Speeches that shaped Singapore: S. Rajaratnam’s UN speech in 1965

Speeches that shaped Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘Never Fear’ speech

At a scholarship presentation at Sree Narayana Mission, Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew laid out his vision of a just and multicultural Singapore, bringing calm to Singaporeans who just a month earlier, witnessed a painful separation from Malaysia. He predicted that Singapore will become a metropolis; he was right. We reproduce his full speech Speeches that shaped Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘Never Fear’ speech