“These bursaries will give the families and students peace of mind while the students can concentrate, focus and study to complete their schooling… The Government works hard but we don’t do this alone. We need parents, we need the community to come together to support the students as well.” – Lee Hsien Loong, Today Online, 6 January 2018.
“Our economy grew by 3.5 percent [in 2017], more than double our initial forecast…We have benefited from the global economic upswing. But more fundamentally, our productivity has grown.” – Lee Hsien Loong, The Daily Star, 1 January 2018.
“Singaporeans are upgrading and learning new skills, while businesses are innovating and adopting new technology. That is how we will stay competitive and ready for the future. Singapore is finishing the year stronger than it started, and “we are ushering in 2018 with confidence and strength.” – Lee Hsien Loong, Straits Times, 31 December 2017.
“This will bear the imprint of the fourth-generation leadership, who are taking on greater responsibilities, and putting forth their ideas for Singapore.” – Lee Hsien Loong, Straits Times, 31 December 2017.
“We hope to keep relations with our immediate neighbors steady as they gear up for elections – Malaysia this year, and Indonesia the next.” – Lee Hsien Loong, Bloomberg, 31 December 2017.
“And in Indonesia, although our relations are good, politicians have been talking about taking back their airspace from Singapore. Actually this is not about Indonesia’s airspace, but the Flight Information Region (FIR), which is for managing air traffic. Singapore manages an FIR around Changi Airport and it includes some areas in the Indonesian airspace, and Indonesia wants to take back that FIR. But who controls the FIR is a technical matter of making the best arrangements for air safety. But unfortunately, it has been politicised and made into an issue of sovereignty and national pride. And when sovereignty and national pride are engaged, that unfortunately makes the problem much harder to solve.” – Lee Hsien Loong, Today Online, 19 November 2017.