In a televised propaganda speech by Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the PAP minister made numerous promises to Singaporeans claiming that the government will do more to address inequality and unemployment.
Minister Tharman made all the promises but he was unable to give any detail.
The millionaire minister first promised to “redouble” efforts for equality:
“The government will redouble efforts to strengthen the country’s social compact. We will do more to ensure that everyone has opportunities to do well for themselves, through education, skills and good jobs. We will also boost support for those who start life at a disadvantage, to keep social mobility alive and lessen inequalities over time.”
Repeating the same scripts made in the past elections, Minister Tharman promised “no Singaporean is left behind”.
The former Finance Minister then promised more jobs and “new work” in the recession, without giving any detail:
“The Government’s first priority is to save jobs, and to help Singaporeans who have lost their jobs to find new work.”
In his televised speech, the minister then went on about telling Singaporeans to support the government and help the poor:
“We also need, more than we did in the earlier years, a strong spirit of selflessness and solidarity, looking out for the vulnerable, and supporting each other. Not because we are obliged to do so, but because it makes us a better society together.”
This is the 4th propaganda speech after Lee Hsien Loong, Chan Chun Sing and Teo Chee Hean. No new policy has been announced in any of their political speeches.