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Singapore should celebrate achievers, not envy them: PM Lee

Social climate must encourage excellence and success, he says

Published on Aug 21, 2013 6:53 AM

Singapore should continue to celebrate those who have done well and given back to society, not envy them, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night.

"We must maintain a social climate which encourages excellence and success, instead of envying them and wanting to pull them down," he said as he presented awards from Malay daily newspaper Berita Harian to celebrate the achievements of two individuals in the community.

One was cardiologist Abdul Razakjr Omar, 43, who became the first Malay heart specialist in Singapore at 35. He received the annual Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award.

The other was undergraduate Adil Hakeem Mohamad Rafee, 20, who made history last year as the first Malay in 44 years to be awarded the President's Scholarship. He was given the inaugural Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever Award for young Malays aged 30 and below.

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