SINGAPORE - Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew continued his unbroken record of attending every single national day dinner in his Tanjong Pagar constituency on Wednesday night.
Mr Lee, 90, was warmly greeted with a long round of loud applause and cheers from the roughly 900 residents, grassroots leaders and clan associations representatives who were present.
Shortly after arriving, Mr Lee rose to sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge with the audience.
The annual Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru dinner was held at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club.
Other grassroots advisers who attended the dinner included Tanjong Pagar GRC MPs Chan Chun Sing, Indranee Rajah, Lily Neo and Chia Shi-Lu, as well as Radin Mas MP Sam Tan and former MP Koo Tsai Kee.
Earlier, Mr Chan, speaking in Malay, Mandarin and English, reiterated the Government's commitment to care for seniors, including those who are weak and vulnerable.
He said that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will spell out plans to take care of vulnerable and other seniors in the coming years at Sunday's National Day Rally.
Singaporeans will also get help to ensure that they have adequate savings for retirement and to prepare for life's uncertainties, including by having a strong family and social support network, said Mr Chan, who is Minister for Social and Family Development.
For middle-aged and middle-income Singaporeans, there will be opportunities, including for continued education, and the government will strive to continue to create an environment in which they can succeed, Mr Chan added.