PM Lee urges Singaporeans to strengthen their ‘values’ and ‘spirit’ as citizens
Posted by temasektimes on August 11, 2012
As Singapore celebrates its 47th National Day, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has implored Singaporeans to strengthen their ‘heartware’ – the spirit and values that make citizens proud to be Singaporeans.
Speaking at the annual National Day Dinner for residents in his Ang Mo Kio constituency on Saturday, PM Lee reiterated that “everyone has a part to play in building a better home in Singapore.”
“Strengthening our heartware – traits such as mutual respect, care and compassion, meritocracy and integrity – is most important,” said PM Lee.
PM Lee added that building a better home goes beyond just economic growth and it is equally important to nurture a society that is caring:
“…..they are important for making Singapore better and we have to improve year by year to develop these attributes, not through laws or fines but by nurturing these values in everyone so that they are reflected in our lives, in our actions, in our concerns, in what we expect from one another and become part of what it means when we say ‘I am a Singaporean’.”