Cabinet Ministers thank grassroots leaders for contributions at annual CNY Garden Party

President Tony Tan Keng Yam talking to Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say (third from right) and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (right) at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam talking to Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say (third from right) and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (right) at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (right) greeting grassroots leaders at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (right) greeting grassroots leaders at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife arriving at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. On the left is People's Association chief executive Ang Hak Seng. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife arriving at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. On the left is People's Association chief executive Ang Hak Seng. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong greeting grassroots leaders at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong greeting grassroots leaders at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
(From left to right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and People's Association chief executive Ang Hak Seng at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party at the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. The party was attended by some 4,200 grassro
(From left to right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and People's Association chief executive Ang Hak Seng at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party at the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. The party was attended by some 4,200 grassroots leaders, including 500 from the pioneer generation. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
(From left to right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
(From left to right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party held on the Istana Lawn on March 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Some 4,200 grassroots leaders, including 500 from the pioneer generation, attended the Chinese New Year Garden Party at the Istana Lawn on Sunday afternoon.

The Istana party is an annual tradition to thank grassroots leaders for their community service. This year's event, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and other Cabinet Ministers, also marks Singapore's 50th anniversary.

Quotes penned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and cabinet ministers were projected onto screens at the party.

Mr Lee wrote: "Thank you for serving our community, and building a stronger and happier nation for us all!"

DPM Teo, who is also Minister for Home Affairs, said: "Many thanks for your hard work to build a stronger community and make Singapore a better home for all of us. To 50 more good years - and beyond!"

Meanwhile, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also Finance Minister, wrote: "As we celebrate Singapore's 50th year, let's value the contributions of every Singaporean, strengthen our multiracial society and make this country of ours even better. Warmest wishes for the Lunar New Year!"

At the party, guests were treated to music performances and a calligraphy demonstration, among other activities.

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