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Lawrence Wong: “I’m determined to help Singaporeans to achieve their dreams”

In his maiden speech after being sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister of Singapore, Lawrence Wong expressed his commitment to helping Singaporeans realize their dreams. He characterized his mission as sustaining the Singapore miracle amidst a rapidly changing global landscape.

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SINGAPORE: Newly sworn-in Prime Minister of Singapore, Lawrence Wong, delivered his maiden speech at Istana on Wednesday (15 May) evening, expressing his unwavering commitment to helping Singaporeans realize their dreams.

PM Wong asserted that he will not only lead but also shoulder the responsibility for the decisions he makes as Prime Minister.

He emphasized the need for Singapore to continually improve and transform, despite its current high economic standing.

He acknowledged the changing circumstances, including technological advancements and an aging population, that demand constant adaptation and progress.

Mr Wong highlighted the “Forward Singapore” initiative, which aimed to distil the aspirations of Singaporeans into a shared vision for the nation’s future.

Acknowledging the sentiments of younger Singaporeans, he noted their determination to pursue their goals diligently without succumbing to the pressures of cutthroat competition.

“I am determined to help singaporeans realize your dreams.”

Mr Wong committed to collaborating with tripartite partners to cultivate a dynamic economy, generate quality employment opportunities, and nurture innovation, all while striving for a fairer and more equitable society.

“We will look after our seniors, the vulnerable amongst us and those with special needs.”

“We will support all Singaporeans regardless of their start points age or ability to uplift themselves and Lead fulfilling lives, ” said PM Wong.

While acknowledging his team’s increased efforts in these areas, PM Wong stressed the importance of Singaporeans’ involvement in supporting their fellow citizens.

“Then we can build a Singapore where everyone succeeds in being the best possible versions of themselves. We can be a people, who are more inclusive, gracious and big-hearted,” he said.

“We can be a society where every Singaporean matters. And a Singapore that matters to every Singaporean.”

Recognizing the absence of ready-made solutions or models for achieving these ambitious objectives, PM Wong said, “We will have to experiment, discover fresh solutions and blaze new paths.”

PM Wong characterised his mission as sustaining the Singapore miracle amidst global change

Mr Wong, aged 51, was sworn into office on the front lawn of the Istana, marking the third transition of leadership in Singapore’s 59-year history.

He succeeded Mr Lee Hsien Loong, who served as the country’s leader for two decades and now assumes the role of Senior Minister in the new Cabinet lineup under his successor’s administration.

In his inaugural address as the nation’s leader, Mr. Wong characterized his mission as sustaining the Singapore miracle amidst a rapidly changing global landscape.

He emphasized the significance of his generation’s narrative, which mirrors the journey of independent Singapore and embodies the enduring values that have shaped the nation: incorruptibility, meritocracy, multiracialism, justice, and equality.

Acknowledging the legacy of the country’s founding fathers and their visionary policies, PM Wong highlighted the transformative impact of their steadfast pursuit over decades.

He underscored the unique leadership approach of his generation, committed to bold and forward-thinking strategies.

“We will lead in our own way. We will continue to think boldly and to think far. We know that there is still much more to do … and the best chapters of our Singapore Story lie ahead.”

PM Wong articulated that his leadership ethos revolves around seeking pragmatic compromises and fostering common ground among communities, underpinned by mutual trust and respect.

“This is how we will continue to evolve and strengthen our Singapore identity,” he said.

“It’s never about subtracting, but always about adding. It’s never about contracting, but always about expanding.”

Reflecting on Singapore’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he deemed the crisis of their generation, PM Wong credited the country’s success to the high level of mutual trust among its citizens and their ability to collaborate effectively.

Despite Singapore’s diverse demographics, Mr Wong highlighted the nation’s unity, achieved through embracing and respecting differences rather than accentuating them.

“Yet we’ve strengthened our bonds as one people. We have achieved this not by denying our differences, but by embracing them.”

“We have ensured that every community, every religion and every linguistic group, big or small, feels included, respected and valued.”

PM Wong extends gratitude to Lee Hsien Loong for leadership

Paying homage to previous generations of leaders, PM Wong remarked, “As we write the next chapters, we are not starting from scratch. We stand on the shoulders of giants.”

He credited Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, and his team for steering the nation through independence and establishing foundational governance principles.

Additionally, he acknowledged the contributions of the second Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, and his team, who cultivated a more compassionate society.

Expressing gratitude to his predecessor, Mr Lee, PM Wong highlighted his unwavering dedication to serving the nation for over half a century.

Under Mr Lee’s leadership, Singapore successfully navigated through both domestic and external challenges, overcoming numerous crises.

“Mr Lee spoke often of the need to keep Singapore exceptional. He was exceptional himself in his devotion, his selflessness, and his dedication to serve. We owe him a great debt of gratitude,” he said of his predecessor.

PM Wong on navigating a complex global situation

PM Wong also emphasized Singapore’s current strong position but acknowledged the global flux, marked by geopolitical tensions and rising nationalism.

“For 30 years since the Cold War ended, we enjoyed unprecedented peace and stability in the Asia Pacific.”

“Unfortunately, that era is over. It will not return. Now we face a world of conflict and rivalry.”

Highlighting the prolonged competition among major powers for global dominance, PM Wong projected its continuation for years, if not decades.

He emphasized Singapore’s vulnerability as a small nation amidst these dynamics, stressing the necessity to adapt to a “messier, riskier and more violent world.”

While underscoring the importance of ASEAN’s role in regional cooperation, PM Wong pledged to maintain engagement with both the United States and China, advocating for stable relations between them.

PM Wong addressed the sceptics who doubt Singapore’s capacity to progress further, asserting that such scepticism is not unfamiliar, and Singapore will once again defy expectations.

“When the going gets tough, we do not crumble. We press on, with faith in our fellow citizens and in Singapore’s future,” he said.

PM Wong pledged to infuse his new role with the same determination and work ethic.

“This is my promise to all Singaporeans: I will serve you with all my heart. I will never settle for the status quo. I will always seek better ways to make tomorrow better than today.”

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LW better redo …EVERYTHING lah….especially the judiciary system. His pervious boss indeed set a sad legacy behind, as the pervious boss of LW, took his father template and not only did he not right the wrongs, his papa did, instead pile on more wrongs to make himself like a God. Now the system is full of cronies and even within the same PAP camp, there is already a sign of a breaking away faction! The scene would be very interesting, once this LAST PUPPET MASTER Loong pass away. I cannot say what will happen. It might turn out to be… Read more »

Then dun say you are One Singapore. And which is the wrong colour again. Disgraceful like got a lot of sectarian forces playing tug of wars. The. Each just anyhow spin stories as and when fit ur empires ambition.

“We will support all Singaporeans regardless of their start points age or ability to uplift themselves and Lead fulfilling lives, ”

But if you vote for the wrong colour, we will support you last. Even behind other “local residents”, just like before my time. I cannot spoil market right?

Got to be like that what. You don’t vote for me means you don’t want my support right?

No lah, I just kidding one. My style is different. I told you oredi in my maiden speech. You must believe me okay?

More power to u sir,

HDB lease running low……can he solve? tsk tsk tsk

Import so many foreigners and tell us be inclusive, tell us not be to xenophobic? tsk tsk tsk

Sgs no time to dream anymo…busy working hard to pay bills and put food on table!

Mr Lawrence Wong. You have the power. If you want to demonstrate that you can different. Here are some things you can do in the next parliamentary session. 1) Get rid of the s”elected” Presidency through a constitutional amendment. That will save taxpayers $1 million a year on a pointless position. What happens to Tharman? Well, he can be the last “President.” 2) Repeal all laws that restrict freedom of speech. Yes, that includes “POFMA.” Amend the constitution to remove all clauses that restrict freedom of speech, freedom of assembly…etc. 3) Privatise or abolish MediSave (Mediscam) and all other Medi-nonsense.… Read more »

So he is hinting that his kayu predecessor did NOT help Singaporeans to achieve their dreams? Not very smart, hor?

prefers he play guitar. tsk tsk tsk

same white wine from the same bottle will taste the same. tsk tsk tsk

Our dream is to have our jobs back and affordable homes and an honest government. But I guess that’s too much to ask.
You just keep that seat warm Lawless Wrong.

Once in a while giving out subsidies and monetary handouts is not a way to help sgs ‘achieve their dreams..
We’re not beggars.. we are a poud hardworking population that’s been betrayed by this greedy sgov …and robbed of our jobs & dignity by importing 1000s of cheap economic migrants then telling the whole world you still need more to come in..since sgs are not keen to take up those jobs….pay us a fair wage for these jobs in regards to sg’s cost of living and see if our sgs are still not keen.

Woww,!! another motherhood statement made none other than by another Pappy’s mounded ” leader”. Remember “no one will be left behind” and” always with you for you” statement made in the past.The lives of SG voters were transformed into “you die your business”. Today look around in hawker centres and coffee shops one never fail to see elderly seniors who once help build our once Sunny Singapore labouring as cleaners for hours at below living wages.Singaporean PMTs when replaced by foreign “talents” flowing into Singapore through the CECA flood gate have no choice but to live through their remaining active… Read more »

Nothing will change. For example:

1) CPF won’t be return to the ppl But overlord by them

2) Be a slave then they talk Abt ur dream

3) Cloning in progress to continually run parallel

4) Lies, mislead and False promises plus their sorry not sorry philosophy especially if u are a small fry.

5) continual GST and inflation to cover their economic debts

6) can’t create job, can enslave and overlord others. Thus refusal to show job reports. No?!?

This is our future!

Somehow and somewhat, my sixth sense tells me nothing much will change under ah wong, still wet from his ears after last night’s wayang.

Same old shit remains

The last time lee hsien loong lied in his promise about helping the people, he increased the gst from 3% to now 9% and higher. Now lawrence wrong wants to help Singaporeans by further increasing the gst from 9% to at least 15%. Happy now? Thanks but no thanks for helping. Vote down and vote out pap. Then we will have stability.

The ex pm and his weak team had already sold out our country to the highest bidders..
SG doesn’t have the same “flavour” anymore for most ordinary folks..
So the only dream you are talking about is how you and your khakis are going to make more tons of money.
That’s the reality of SG now..
Brutal but truth…

Talk is cheap. See your performance first then we talk on polling day.
I always tell people politicians are salesmen. They sweet talk you people to vote them into office to control back the people in return…lol.
To vote someone, whether from ruling or opposition party, I always see his past 4 to 5 years performance. If his performance can benefit more than 70% of the citizens, then he will have my support. I always stay neutral and not a hardcore supporter to any political party.

Lawless Wong already said he will help fulfil your dreams to dream. He could help you by giving jobs to foreigners so that Singaporeans could continue dreaming that Pappy Gov will help you. He mentioned about meritocracy but he appoint his screwed up predecessor as a SM (so called advisor) or should it be Senior PM. He failed to show us he means business. He mentioned about corruption but failed to show or speak out or vote against when he could. His personal interests rise above this corruption. Look at KOM and Ridout. As MAS regulator, he should knows very… Read more »

Get BACK to BASICS.

No need Dreams. Get the F off POFMA. Get the F off HDB flat Store of effkg Value.
DON’T BULL SHIT.

F off Your No Culture.

RETURN ALL JOBS to SG, increase PRODUCTIVITY.

GET ALL Fake Degrees Trash INTO JAIL for cheating criminal offences.

Revived NPB, SISIR, ISO 2000 all.

Get the RIDOUT Bungalows, Keppel Corp CRIMINALS to LEARN from Teh Cheang Wan.

LASTLY READ the Riot Act. Publish the Riot ACT DAILY in Citizens Newspapers for 3 months till your PM PROBATION ends.

The REALITY WAS Sheeps do NOT DREAM. They worked hard all bcz of Goh Keng Swee, Hon Sui Sen, Lim Kim San, Old Lee, Rajaratnam NEVE NEVER ASK Sheeps to SLEEP and DREAM or even DAY DREAM. Reality is work hard and built, families, increase productivity and procreate. ALL THESE were more or less ACHIEVABLE in REALITY and PURE ACTIONS NOTHING to do with DREAMS or WISHY WASHY – No FOREIGNERS to DISTURB PEACE, NO Foreign TRASH to ROB RICE BOWLS, to STEAL. Jobs, WORST WITH FAKE DRGREES this bunch of PAP BASTARDS welcome. Welcome the WHOLE. VILLAGE. So Lawless… Read more »

New citizens dreamt of not having to serve NS. Done. There LW/PAP already can boast their claim to help “Singaporeans” achieve their dreams. LOL.

the old and retired like me are dreaming. lol

suggest he take the MRT train on Saturdays and Sundays and see how packed is the train with foreigners?

This is GOOD FOR YOU (pineapple lovers):
1) Increase GST
2) Increase PUB utilities
3) Increase COE, ERP
4) Increase Food Prices
5) Increase Housing prices
6) Increase Cost of Living
7) Increase Transport fares
8) Increase Hospital and Medical costs
9) Increase Foreigners intake, increase job losses
10) Increase Prices on Chicken, Eat Fish
11) Increase in Ageing population, collect carton boxes, a good form of
exercise. 
12) Failed 2 Child Policy
13) $1000 salary can afford HDB
We need solutions not price increase!!!! What do you think?

Please help us. !!! we do not want be terrorize by high prices increase every time. hoo hoo hoo

Please check!

2023 jobs goes to foreigners or Singaporeans?

HDB lease running to zero. How?

hoo hoo hoo

Congrats Syun Tzai.

Uncle hopes you mean what you’ve said and deliver what you’ve promised us. Unlike your incompetent predecessors woody and looony.

In the background I hear grinding machines sharpening knives,the question is when,how & where will the “ah Heng”story leepeat

“We can be a people, who are more inclusive, gracious and big-hearted”

But….. We ministers deserve the highest salaries in the world as public servants. Pay us first, and then we’ll see what we can do.

Does Mr New PM even know what SGs dreams are..?
Our dreams are not the same as you mil$ PAPgov ppl.
You oredy Failed.
With oldcoot still hovering in the background how can you be” your own man” ../independent.
You shdnt have asked him to join your gov as sm…
So its hard to believe your words.
We’ll give you some time to prove yourself ..
The propaganda machine was really working extra hard these few days on tv and ST etc ..

No different to Tharman’s speech, … proliferated with the usual declarations of determination, from their pap dedicated hearts and upholding SillyPore’s blah, blah, bloody blah blah !!!

The only change, from the deluded idiots, imbeciles and ignoramuses whom had believed there’d be, … will be, this time, … they’d be shafted and sold down the SillyPore river, by a new President and new PM !!!

Happy days ahead indeed !!!

Help themselves and own kakis first lah. Be more straightforward.
Help Singaporeans is for shows and for votes only.

Thereafter take back whole chicken after giving us 2 chicken wings. Gullible Singaporeans will be happy due to short term memories of pain after taking away whole chicken

Is it the BIGGEST LIE SOMEWHAT from PAP FRAUDS.

SG dreamt of For Trash come her by the plane loads?

SG dreamt of Million Dollars Flats AS COMMODITIES or a Store of Value?

SG dreamt of FOR TRASH ENJOYING FREE university scholarships AT their EXPENSE (with placement jobs guaranteed TO SERVE their bonds) and SG NEED to BORROW and these Chaps HAD IT FOC?

Who are the BIGGEST BASTARD LIARS?

My dream is very simple – take care of the B40 and the vulnerable seniors. And implement the living wage for everybody to live in dignity. I know of somebody who depends on his monthly CPF payout plus a monthly assistance from the Lee Foundation to live on. Being single and alone, he has to watch his monthly expenses. He is unable to work due to his medical condition. He dares not treat himself for a more “atas” meal and sticks to hawker fare only. He lives in a rental flat together with another male adult. He is lucky that… Read more »

He is sprouting the same rubbish as LHL. Endearing values? Incorruptibility, meritocracy, justice and equality? Maybe he his thinking he is in Switzerland. He forgot about the 6 Kom executives that have yet to be charged. How about Ridout and Iswaran? The AGC is still remaining and will now become the previous personal lawyer of the Senior Minister. How about LHY and family? Treated with justice and equality? GCT was a compassionate leader? All GCT did was to legislate $3m salaries for himself and the cabinet. All the PAP members in the cabinet became instant millionaires and today are worth… Read more »

Return our CPF … Fulfill the ppl dreams … Can’t even do the simplest!

Return our CPF loh … Ful fill our dreams … Kena sai lor. Tsui Kong lan pa song.

Remember the Kelong Queen immediately after taking post also said she is determined to be a “unifying president” for all Singaporeans.

Aiyoh, LawlanWong failed leadership already. First thing a leader should know is what is the dreams of the ppl. The trend in the past 4 elections under the Kayu Son conclusively showed that the dreams of Singaporeans is to rid our system of greedy and arrogant PAP. So he says he is determined to torpedo his own party for the sake of Singaporeans? Maybe he thinks he is like Mikhail Gorbachev, bring down the USSR from within, hor?

Or likely, he is just talking for the sake of talking cock? Can already see he is another kelong King.

Let’s mark his words. If he and his team fails, then we truly can go down, borrowing the style of Sir Winston Churchill as – “Never in the history of nations was so much paid to so many in running a city-state nation bet yet falls short of uplifting its people”

We will lead in our own (pap) way.

In other words, there’s no other way lah 😌

Am I wrong or isn’t this nincompoop the same person who said “no apologies for pursing objective of economic growth at all costs”. And barely 6 months later, its about helping Singaporeans to achieve their dreams? 😂

Even the dreams of Singaporeans like Pritam? Like Kenneth Jeyerathnam? 🙂

Is SG our Home anymore?
Everywhere we go its so

If I were paid the world’s most highest salary like his I would say much the same, in fact more than him, I would promise the sky and moon.

The swearing in ceremony was soooo boring ..till the end.
Must have cost us taxpayers a few mil$…plus the dinner after..
What no music and dancing?🤣😅

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