betty August 15, 2022

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver his National Day Rally speech on Sunday evening (Aug 21) at the Institute of Technical Education headquarters in Ang Mo Kio.

He will speak in Malay from 6.45pm, Mandarin from 7pm, and in English from 8pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Monday.

The rally is seen as the most important political speech of the year. It traditionally involves policy changes and a charting of Singapore’s future direction.

In his National Day message on Aug 8, PM Lee highlighted the geopolitical environment – such as United States-China relations and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – which could have implications for Singapore.

He also gave an indication of two other topics he will address in his rally speech – economic challenges and long-term planning for economic progress and social resilience.

On the economic environment, he said although Singapore’s economy has emerged strongly from the Covid-19 pandemic, the outlook has clouded considerably, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine aggravating supply chain disruptions and inflation.

He noted that, in response, the Government had announced multiple support packages, tightened the exchange rate policy and strengthened the Singapore dollar.

On long-term planning, PM Lee said it is also about investing in people to reach their full potential, taking care of the elderly and vulnerable, fostering a common identity and building a brighter future for future generations.

He added that Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and the fourth-generation – or 4G – team have launched the Forward Singapore exercise, to involve citizens in refreshing the social compact.