Making Singapore a cherished home requires renewed focus on improving S’porean lives: Pritam Singh
Making Singapore a home to be cherished by all, requires a revitalised focus on improving the lives and livelihoods of Singaporeans, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh on Tuesday.
In the Workers’ Party’s National Day message, the party’s secretary-general compared how the popular 1998 National Day song “Home” was remade in 2023, with how national policies need to be kept up to date.
“Just like how the remake of ‘Home’ comes at a time when Singapore and the world at large are at a different juncture from a quarter-century ago, our national policies also need to be re-examined to make them relevant to today’s Singapore,” said Mr Singh, who is an MP for Aljunied GRC.
He added: “‘Home’ resonates deeply with our yearning to be connected to our homeland, embrace precious memories from our past and ignite our dreams for our future.”
Mr Singh noted that Singapore is experiencing a phase of deep introspection, driven partly by recent controversies.
“The lyrics of “Home” provide some comfort that, in times of trouble, our country will find a way to start anew and overcome these challenges,” he said.
Members from both sides of the House have been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks, with Transport Minister S. Iswaran being investigated for corruption, while former Speaker of the House Tan Chuan-Jin and People’s Action Party MP for Tampines GRC Cheng Li Hui resigned from PAP over an extramarital affair.
Former WP MP Leon Perera (Aljunied GRC) and senior party member Nicole Seah also resigned from WP, following their own extramarital affair.
In his message titled “Making Singapore the Home we all cherish”, Mr Singh said this effort requires a revitalised focus on improving the lives and livelihoods of Singaporeans.
He added that WP will continue to contribute as a rational, responsible and respectable party representing Singaporeans in Parliament, and listed the proposals which have made some headway in Parliamentary discussions and government policies.
This includes increasing the allowances for full-time national servicemen, requiring independent consultants to conduct educational credential assessments for foreign professionals, providing wider public housing options for singles, and anti-discrimination legislation at the workplace.
Mr Singh also noted that WP had spoken about the less tangible issues which are central to Singaporeans, such as sports; and proposed, amongst other things, lifelong and robust medical care for all Singaporean athletes, able-bodied or disabled.
He wished Singaporeans at home and abroad a Happy 58th National Day and said: “The Workers’ Party will continue to raise sensible proposals in Parliament that are in the best interest of Singapore, our Home, and continue to work with Singaporeans to build our dreams together.
“Outside of Parliament, we will continue to advocate for a fairer, more just, and kinder society, one that makes us proud to be Singaporeans, regardless of race, language or religion.”