Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day 2017 message focused on three things – preschool, the war on diabetes, and a Smart Nation.
Speaking at National Day, Lee Hsien Loong said, “This year, I would like to share with you three things that will benefit us in the long term: preschool, the war on diabetes, and a Smart Nation. These will enable us to start right, stay healthy, and work smart.”
Talking on Smart Nation, Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong said, “We want to make full use of IT to create opportunities and jobs for ourselves, and make Singapore an outstanding place to live, work and play. This is why we aim to be a Smart Nation. We have a natural advantage: we are a highly-connected and digitally literate society; we even have more smartphones than people. But we need to do much better.”
“Other countries are using electronic payments to go cashless, building sensor networks to enhance public security, and analysing big data to improve public services. We must learn from them, catch up, and get ahead. By using IT for practical applications, big and small, we can improve our lives, and make this a fun and happening place,” added Loong.
Lee Hsien Loong said, “Always looking ahead, planning ahead, and staying ahead, so that when the future arrives, we are prepared for it, to ride it and to grow with it. That is how we got here. That is what we must keep on doing together, to open up fresh opportunities for ourselves and our children.”