PM Lee launches platforms to discuss nation's future

PM Lee Hsien Loong trying out a swing yesterday at one of the stations after launching the Future Of Us exhibition, which caps the year-long SG50 Golden Jubilee celebrations.
PM Lee Hsien Loong trying out a swing yesterday at one of the stations after launching the Future Of Us exhibition, which caps the year-long SG50 Golden Jubilee celebrations.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Future of Us exhibition, SGfuture dialogues to get S'poreans thinking about next chapter

By helping one another and working as a team, Singaporeans can shape the nation's identity and build a country that is inclusive and united in diversity, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

As he launched the Future Of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay, he said: "It is up to each one of us to voice our hopes and future dreams, to make the choices to realise these dreams."

Mr Lee also announced the launch of the SGfuture series of dialogues, which he said will kick off the journey into the next 50 years.

The new dialogues will be led by Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing, and aim to build on the ideas of the nationwide Our Singapore Conversation that ended in 2013.

 

The first session started yesterday, with young Singaporeans discussing issues such as security, the environment, and how to build an empathetic society.

In his speech, Mr Lee noted that the Singapore of today is the "work of more than one generation, each standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before".

He credited the pioneer generation for their determination to see the country prevail, even when the future was bleak and racial tensions were high in the early years.

Through the effort of generations of Singaporeans, the country was transformed, and people's lives improved, he said.

Likewise, the country's future will depend on "what we make of it together", he added.

He made the remarks before a tour of the exhibition, which will open to the public tomorrow. The capstone event of the year-long SG50 Golden Jubilee celebrations aims to get Singaporeans thinking about the nation's next chapter.

The exhibition depicts scenarios of how daily living will be like in the year 2030. In a segment where visitors can pen their dreams for the future, Mr Lee wrote: "May we abound with greenery and fresh air!"

Earlier yesterday, he launched the 8km Jubilee Walk commemorative trail, a permanent trail that passes by key historic and iconic sites marking Singapore's development, including the Padang.

He also visited the SG Heart Map Festival, which celebrates the favourite places of Singaporeans, at the Marina Bay floating platform.

Mr Lee said with the SG50 celebrations, it has been "an extra special year for all of us and I am sure each of us has his or her own special memories".

With the Jubilee year coming to an end, said Mr Lee yesterday, it was fitting to launch an exhibition about Singapore's future.

He called on Singaporeans to come together "as one people, one nation, one Singapore", and to rededicate themselves to building a better Singapore.

Mr Lee said he hopes that 50 years from now, today's young generation of Singaporeans will tell their grandchildren or even great-grandchildren: "It was here they caught a glimpse of what they could create for the future, were moved to turn these dreams into reality and to write the next chapter of the Singapore story.

"And that is why after SG50, Singapore continued to be an endearing and shining little red dot for many many years to come."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2015, with the headline 'PM launches platforms to discuss nation's future'. Print Edition | Subscribe