Speaking at a book launch yesterday, PM Lee said that he was worried about the future of Singapore because the young people he meets these days tell him they are “anxious about their future”.

He said this is despite Singaporeans being better off, more educated and enjoying more opportunities to achieve something special for themselves and their country.

“Young people I meet today sometimes tell me they are anxious about their future. I find this worrying,” he said.

Quoting what Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew once said, Lee repeated: “The sky has turned brighter. There is a glorious rainbow that beckons those with the spirit of adventure. And there are rich findings at the end of that rainbow.

“To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, find that rainbow, go ride it.”

The book, Chasing Rainbows, tells the story of four generations of retired television producer Choo Lian Liang’s family, from the late 1890s in China to Singapore today. PM Lee said the story in the book “shows how earlier generations chased that rainbow, and found a pot of gold. Not without hard work, but they lived their lives well, and left something lasting and valuable for their children, for their country, for their future.”

He added: “I hope that young people who are worried about their future, who are sometimes beset by angst, who are anxious that life has become harder, kick hard, chase that rainbow, be inspired by this book, do well, and do us all proud”.

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