PM Lee, who is the Secretary-General of PAP, pledged the party’s commitment to serving Singaporeans. “Today is the time to re-dedicate ourselves to the party and to Singapore. In the next 60 years, the path ahead will be different,” said Mr Lee in a statement.
“One thing has not and will not change, that is the need for good leadership. The PAP commits to provide the leadership and serve Singaporeans better…The PAP will always be on Singapore and Singaporeans’ side,” he added.
“The PAP will always do its best for Singapore and Singaporeans.”
He made the statement at Victoria Concert Hall yesterday evening (7 Nov) in celebration of PAP’s 60th anniversary. It is not known if PAP, a political party, paid the National Arts Council (NAC), a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, for the use of the concert hall as it is owned by NAC.
Victoria Concert Hall was chosen as the venue for PAP’s celebrations because this was where the PAP launched way back in 21 November 1954, with its inaugural political meeting held there.
More than 700 guests, which included party activists, former MPs and pioneers were present to hear Mr Lee speak.
As part of its celebrations, Mr Lee launched a book titled “PAP60, Forward Together”. The book chronicles 60 defining moments in PAP’s history. The book, published by PAP, comes with recollections and tales from its activists. The book also describes how PAP defeated the now-defunct party, Barisan Sosialis.
In addition, Mr Lee unveiled a marker at Victoria Concert Hall, together with former Secretary-Generals Goh Chok Tong and Lee Kuan Yew, to commemorate the inaugural meeting of PAP.
Later this month, an anniversary dinner and awards ceremony will be held, while a mass rally and party conference will take place on 7 December 2014.
While Mr Lee said yesterday that the PAP will always be on Singapore and Singaporeans’ side, he told the media in May that Singapore belongs to everyone, including foreigners.
Even foreign news agencies like India’s ZeeNews were more than happy to report what Mr Lee had said [Link]:
“Singaporeans, new arrivals, people who are on permanent residence here, people who are on employment pass here, all participating in one big Singapore family… So that we feel that this is a place which is special, which belongs to all of us and where we all celebrate one another’s festivals and happy events together.” – PM Lee.
During the Punggol East by-election last year, while campaigning for PAP candidate Koh Poh Koon, Mr Lee said that PAP had always been on the people’s side and it was the very reason for its existence [Link]. He spoke at the PAP’s final rally before the by-election.
As it turned out, the people rejected what he said and voted for WP candidate Lee Li Lian instead.