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Issue 256, 6 Aug 2019

Dear Members and Friends

This week we celebrate Singapore’s 54th National Day and the country’s Bicentennial. The story from Singapore to Singaporean is an evolving one which each of us writes every day by our actions or lack thereof. We have so much to be grateful for in this most unusual country: peace, racial harmony, religious freedom, including the freedom not to practise a religion, personal safety, cultural diversity and a business-friendly eco-system. None of these assets can or should be taken for granted. National Day is a good time to celebrate them.

We’ve all got plenty of work to do to sustain a harmonious society as we saw last week when an insensitive advert was reacted to by a racist video. We’ve all got plenty of work to do to make our workplaces more inclusive of differently abled people. We still have to discard ageism in the workforce and end the legal discrimination of our LGBTQ fellow men and women. We need to be able to debate issues without denigrating others and be able to agree to disagree. We need a more gracious society online and off line. These should be what our founding foreign minister Mr. S. Rajaratnam called our “democracy of deeds”. So, as we celebrate our achievements this National Day, let’s act on the areas for improvement listed above.

My team and I wish each of you a very happy National Day 2019. Majulah Singapura!

Yours sincerely
Victor Mills

Chief Executive



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