DPM Teo to Singapore youth: You have to work hard to make Singapore ‘better’
Posted by temasektimes on May 30, 2012
Fresh from his blistering exchange with WP Chief Low Thia Kiang in the aftermath of the Hougang by-election, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean now finds time to give a lecture to Singapore youth during this year’s pre-university seminar.
During his lecture, DPM Teo reminded students the need for a well-founded ‘optimism’ in Singapore’s future.
A poll conducted in the session revealed that about 80 per cent of participants also indicated they were optimistic or very optimistic about their future in general, a result which DPM Teo was happy about:
“The message I was trying to have the students discover for themselves is that life is not an escalator, you actually have to work to make your country better, you have to work hard to make your life better. And when I say work it also means making a contribution to your community, to society, not just yourself.”
DPM Teo also expressed optimism that Singaporeans can overcome the challenges faced by the nation together:
“I’m quite cheered by that because it means that the students don’t have a blind optimism. They understand that there are challenges, but those challenges can be overcome and if we do put in that effort together, we can do that.”
The five-day seminar is being attended by students from polytechnics, junior colleges, centralised institutes and integrated programme schools which allows an opportunity for the youth to engage with political, community and industry leaders and discuss issues of importance to Singapore.