PM’s National Day Rally Speech – Impressive
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.