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'A busy and fulfilling first year': President takes stock

Dr Tony Tan says key concern now is on how to build a caring, compassionate society

Published on Sep 2, 2012 1:00 PM
 
President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Saturday used his one-year anniversary in office to take stock of the past year and set out his priorities for the future. -- ST PHOTO: YAP NING

President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Saturday used his one-year anniversary in office to take stock of the past year and set out his priorities for the future.

He described his first year as "very busy, but fulfilling and meaningful", while adding that his main concern now was on how to help build a caring and compassionate society.

It was a concern that was also reflected in his decision to mark the milestone by launching the President's Challenge Volunteer Drive and visiting the Lions Befrienders' seniors activity centre in Bendemeer Road.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the visit, he noted that Singaporeans live in "very uncertain economic times now", with major structural problems happening in the economies of Europe and other parts of the world.

 
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Meeting people

"I've been able to meet a very wide range of Singaporeans from all walks of life and learn more about their concerns, aspirations, worries and what they would like Singapore to be."

PRESIDENT TONY TAN