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Post-Rally forum focuses on values of the young

Participants also worry about declining use of Mandarin among younger Singaporeans

Published on Sep 23, 2012 6:00 AM
The Mandarin dialogue at the Singapore Press Holdings auditorium, chaired by ministers Gan Kim Yong and Chan Chun Sing, was attended by 200 people. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Concerns about civic and moral values and fluency in the Chinese language dominated a Mandarin dialogue on the National Day Rally on Saturday.

But the two ministers chairing the session gently reminded the audience that the Government cannot tackle such issues alone.

In his Rally speech last month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hoped that Singapore could have a "bigger heart". In his Mandarin speech, he also emphasised the need to preserve traditions, including Chinese culture.

These themes resurfaced during yesterday's 90-minute dialogue, organised by government feedback unit Reach and Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao. The 200 participants included Lianhe Zaobao readers and Reach contributors.

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