Pasir Ris-Punggol Citizenship Ceremony at Meridian Junior College - Speech by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC

Published: 04 April 2015

Good Morning

Parliamentary Colleagues,

Grassroots Leaders,

Fellow Singaporeans,

Ladies and gentlemen

         Today, we welcome new citizens living in Pasir Ris-Punggol to our Singapore family, as you receive your formal recognition as a Singapore citizen.  This year is significant in our history, as we mark the 50th anniversary of our independence.Sadly, we also lost our founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew two weeks ago, on 23 March 2015.

2.     As Singaporeans came together to mourn the passing of Mr Lee, it was also a time for all of us to appreciate his life's work, and the foundations upon which he built the Singapore that he has left for us.Mr Lee and his multi-racial Cabinet team built Singapore on the foundation of multi-racialism, and worked hard to promote inter-communal harmony. He believed strongly in meritocracy, so anyone who was prepared to work hard could do well in life, regardless of race, family background, or connections. He emphasised the principle of self-reliance, but he cared deeply about people and would pay special attention to help the vulnerable and those in need.He wanted every Singaporean to have a stake in this nation, through home ownership and National Service. He always saw Singapore as a society open to the world, drawing in foreign investments to create good jobs, new ideas to spur innovation, and people who share our values.

3.     These are some of the qualities that have underpinned Singapore's success.They are also the very qualities that have drawn you to Singapore, and why you have decided to make Singapore the place where you sink roots and call home.

4.     Many of you have already spent several years in Singapore, with family members or working here. By choosing to take up Singapore citizenship, you have demonstrated your commitment to Singapore.  All of us now share a common future. We welcome you and look forward to your contributions to our community and our country.Help us to build a cohesive and harmonious society, where all Singaporeans can share in the fruits of our growth. Let us work together to carry on Mr Lee's legacy, and build a better home and a bright future in Singapore for ourselves and our children.  Thank you.