S'pore must stay strong and special to maintain place in the sun: PM Lee
Singapore must remain a "shining red dot" - small, but a capable and serious country - to maintain its place in the sun, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday.
Because the country is strong and special, it is successful and respected in the world, able to stand tall and hold its own besides much bigger nations, he added at a Chinese New Year dinner in his Teck Ghee ward.
"If we are small and unsuccessful, small and weak, I think people may be polite with you, people may say the right thing to you. But you can be sure people will also be able to take advantage (of) you," he added.
"But if you are small but a shining red dot, that's different. Then they will know this is a serious country, may be small but it's capable, may not be huge but it knows what it is doing. "It can succeed, it can look after itself, it can contribute and cooperate with the others," he said.