National Day Rally to address elected presidency, economy and Singapore's future: PM Lee

PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang National Day Dinner on Aug 7, 2016.
PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang National Day Dinner on Aug 7, 2016.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The National Day Rally (NDR) will touch on the economy, Singapore's next 50 years and the elected presidency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said in a preview video for the annual address.

"In this year's National Day Rally, I will be talking about how we prepare ourselves for the future. How can our economy prosper? How can all Singaporeans progress together?" he said in the clip posted on his Facebook page on Friday (Aug 19) evening.

"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 will deliver his speech in Malay, Mandarin and English at the Institute of Technical Education on Sunday.

The annual speech is a roadmap for Singapore, and major policy changes are often announced.


A special report suggesting changes to Singapore's elected presidency was submitted to the Prime Minister on Thursday, but the Government has yet to respond to its recommendations.

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

"So 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, and will also be streamed live on the Prime Minister's Office's YouTube channel, Mr Lee's Facebook page and government feedback unit Reach's website.