PM Lee to talk about economy, future, elected presidency at Rally

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’ waves to the audience after delivering his National Day Rally speech at ITE Central in Ang Mo Kio on August 17, 2014.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’ waves to the audience after delivering his National Day Rally speech at ITE Central in Ang Mo Kio on August 17, 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will speak about the economy, Singapore's next 50 years and the elected presidency in his National Day Rally tomorrow evening.

In a preview video for the annual address, Mr Lee said: "I will be talking about how we prepare ourselves for the future. How can our economy prosper? How can all Singaporeans progress together?"

"How can we strengthen our racial harmony by improving the elected president scheme? In short, how can we stay united in an uncertain and fast-changing world?" Mr Lee added in the video which was posted on his Facebook page yesterday evening.

Mr Lee will deliver his speech in Malay, Mandarin and English at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central.

The annual speech has traditionally been a road map for Singapore, when major policy directions and changes are often announced.

A special report by a Constitutional Commission on changes to the elected presidency was submitted to PM Lee on Thursday. The Government will study the report, publish it and respond in due course, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

Mr Lee asked Singaporeans to tune in to his speech, which will be broadcast on multiple channels.

"This Sunday, take a break from hunting Pokemon and join me as we explore our plans for the next 50 years," he quipped.

The rally will be broadcast on television and radio. It will also be streamed live on the PMO's YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/pmosingapore), Mr Lee's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/leehsienloong) and the website of government feedback unit Reach (http://www.reach.gov.sg/nationaldayrally2016).

Follow our coverage of the rally on www.straitstimes.com:

• Live streaming of speech

• Live blog

• Interactive infographics at http://str.sg/ndr16-past

• Web special http://str.sg/4qLP

Chew Hui Min

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'PM Lee to talk about economy, future, elected presidency at Rally'. Print Edition | Subscribe