A pioneering spirit that endures, a home that endears
President Tony Tan Keng Yam last night opened the second session of the 12th Parliament after its mid-term break. This is the text of his address.
Published on May 17, 2014 11:29 PM
THIS session of Parliament opens at an important moment in our history. Next year, we celebrate our Golden Jubilee. For 50 years since Independence, we have built our homes together, raised families, and helped one another as friends, neighbours and compatriots. Despite long odds, we have not only survived, but prospered. Every Singaporean can take pride in this as we celebrate as one people.
At 50, we are still a young nation, with great promise ahead.
Just as our pioneers overcame formidable obstacles with grit and determination to build today's Singapore, we too must create our Singapore of tomorrow. Our work continues - to build a fair and just society, regardless of race, language or religion; to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation. These are the founding ideals in our Pledge, which we must always uphold.
In the second half of this 12th Parliament, my Government pledges to work with all Singaporeans to address the concerns and aspirations of our people and build a better future:
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