t Double Yellow's Musings: PM’s National Day Rally Speech – Impressive
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Monday, August 22, 2005

PM’s National Day Rally Speech – Impressive

Unlike the speech given by the PM on the eve of National Day, the National Day Rally speech yesterday had a lot more substance. While there were no out-of-the-blue goodies like 5-day working week, his address covered a whole host of issues.

The focus on R&D to drive the economy is a good step forward and instead of saying that the gahmen knows best, he admitted that the venture into R&D was a risk; but that it was worth-taking. Healthcare again came into the limelight and there was also help for the lower income families to buy flats. While these may be election goodies, I think the emphasis placed on education is remarkable. The push for everyone to get post-secondary education is notable. The gahmen is also advancing the employability of older workers in a big way and I hope the public education drive will bear fruit. And a big thank you to the gahmen for bringing up the issue of service culture. Given the sad state of service here, I think it is an opportune moment to raise service standards as a national initiative. Although I hope there is more than just a another campaign.

Another notable point in his speech was the acknowledgement of the issue of drugs as well as the rate of divorces in the Malay community. While I am not sure if the best way to manage this problem is along racial lines, the disclosure of this issue is a necessary first step in tackling it. For the Chinese community, the PM called them more self-confident – a point that may be true. No special mention about the Indian community but I think they can take back quite a bit from the speech in general.

The speech of course, did not cover every section of society and one can probably sieve out who are going to be part of the so-called “inclusive” society and who are not.

But overall, an impressive speech delivered in the usual eloquent manner.

10 Comments:

Blogger AG said...

i wonder how long his minions took to prepare the script and how long he takes to memorize it. XD

8:11 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

heheh....at least a month for the prep and a coupla weeks for rehersal - I think i am being conservative :) but the PMs delivery is vely good. No "uuhhhs" between pauses :)

3:21 PM  
Blogger AG said...

er. hmm. LOL. maybe he said the "uuhhh"-s in his mind. the PM Lee 2nd got so many many things to do, so many many places to go, still can squeeze in time to memorize all that shit!

i wonder if he has a (sex) life? XP

11:44 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

haha AG, we need to wait until some maverick reporter asks him that question on 'live' TV :) but until then think i'll give him the benefit of doubt :)

8:41 AM  
Blogger AG said...

i think the gahmen will STILL somehow get it censored one way or another. :X

11:23 AM  
Blogger MHS said...

It has all the hallmarks off a very good speech writer under their employ. But I do detect a hint of Daddy in that speech.. Nevertheless I was going wtf at the part when he was reminiscing and trying to cry just like daddy. Sheesh. Sorry to be cynical but thats my two cents worth. Oh and yes I kinda enjoyed reading your blog so I have linked your site on mine. Cheers.

12:25 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

AG, cynical aren't you? :)

hey MHS, chip of the old block mah. And thanx 4 the link :) went to ur site - nice phuket photos!

6:49 PM  
Blogger AG said...

well, i'm *supposed* to be right in the middle of my teenage angst right now thank you very much.
cynicism is reserved till when i'm 25 :P

5:41 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

I applaud his strong stand on improving the standard of services. Hopefully it won't be another half-baked campaign like the "Speak Chinese" one. :)

6:41 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

heheh beng, agree wif u. Here acknowledging the problem is a big first step coz chances are the gahmen will tackle it in their usual efficient manner. But of course, none of us want another half-baked campaign like you said :)

8:59 AM  

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