14 Aug '11, 9pm

Let political system be a connecting tool: They are important as nation-making is not just

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech will likely serve as the curtain raiser to the opening of Singapore's 12th Parliament on Oct 10. The myriad of issues raised will be the focus of discussion, debate and reflection in the weeks ahead. In his speech, Mr Lee outlined the direction and tenor of his Government's strategic policy directions. Notwithstanding his giving attention to the economy first, this year's speech is characterised by a focus on "post-material" issues. These are non-economic issues such as the social safety nets and the character of Singapore society. They are important as nation-making is not just about building economic muscle, but also about ensuring that Singaporeans have a stake in and a deep sense of belonging to the country. Immigration formed the salient subtext of his speech. In the three key areas - housing, education and jo...

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