PM Lee to deliver National Day Rally on Sunday, Aug 23

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’ speaking at the National Day Rally 2014 held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central on Aug 17, 2014.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’ speaking at the National Day Rally 2014 held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central on Aug 17, 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver the National Day Rally speech this Sunday.

He will first speak in Malay and Mandarin from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, then in English from 8pm to 10pm, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement on Monday.

For the third year in a row, the rally - the PM's annual address on the state of the nation - will take place at the ITE Headquarters and College Central.

It can be viewed on several platforms, including Mr Lee's social media accounts, local television and radio stations and The Straits Times' digital platforms.

In its statement on Monday, the PMO advised citizens looking for more information on Government policies over the last year to watch videos on healthcare, housing, education, transport, the quality of life and cost of living at

They can also use the hashtag, #ndrsg, in their online posts and tweets about the Rally, it said.

Also on Monday, Government feedback unit Reach said that Singaporeans can share their views on the Rally while it is happening "live," on its website. It said that it will be organising several sessions to gather feedback after the Rally, including a public forum, a Facebook question-and-answer session and radio talk shows.

The police said Ang Mo Kio Drive, between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and the ITE's main gate, would be closed to traffic from 6.30am on Sunday to 12am on Monday.

Access will be granted only to authorised vehicles displaying approved labels and police and emergency vehicles, and police officers will be at the affected road junctions to direct motorists.  The police also said in a statement that parking restrictions along peripheral roads will be strictly enforced, and that  vehicles found parking and causing obstruction will be towed.

  • Where you can watch the rally

  • The Straits Times' digital platforms, with "live" video stream and instant analysis on ST Now. Straits Times' Twitter (@stcom) and Facebook accounts

  • Reach website

  • Other sites and media outlets

    PM Lee's Facebook and Twitter accounts

    Local television and radio stations

Political watchers expect a General Election to be called within weeks of Sunday's National Day Rally speech; the ruling People's Action Party has already begun introducing its new candidates and opposition parties have stepped up their walkabouts.

The last time a Rally came in the midst of an election season was in 1991. Then, newly-minted Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong announced new programmes like the $5 billion Medifund, and said he would call an election soon.

Political analysts expect Mr Lee's rally speech on Sunday to be one that sets the stage for the country's 50 years, given that it just celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

Singapore Management University law don Eugene Tan suggested that there could be a bonus for all Singaporeans to cap off the SG50 celebrations.

He added: "Given that we are in 'election season', we can expect the Rally speech to have the subtle sub-text of electioneering."

National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser said that he expects announcements to include enhancements in certain policies, such as public transport, over which surveys continue to show negative sentiment.

The National Day Rally on The Straits Times' digital platforms

Catch real-time coverage of the rally on with a live video stream of the speech and instant analysis on ST Now, our live blog.

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