SINGAPORE: The people of Singapore should stick to what they have in common, rather than their differences, and strengthen their sense of solidarity in meeting any challenges, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said on Saturday (Aug. 6).
Mr. Wong took part in an ask-me-everything segment via video call and answered questions from overseas Singaporeans in Singapore @ Home, an event hosted by Singapore Global Network, part of the Economic Development Board.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Singaporeans have seen their “shared humanity as a people” bind them together, he said.
“We have experienced that during the pandemic, especially when we have been through periods of isolation and need to be separated from each other for time,” added Mr Wong, who is also the finance minister.
“We are a diverse community in Singapore and of Singaporeans around the world. But regardless of our differences, I think we should stick to the things that bind us together and (what we) have in common,” he said.
“And there’s a lot more we have in common than the differences that set us apart. So we need to hold on to that commonality and strengthen that sense of solidarity in dealing with all the challenges we face as Singaporean people.”
The global community lives in a world that is “increasingly insecure, fractured and turbulent,” Mr Wong said.
“But it’s so much more important that we try to find common ground that we share to address some of the world’s pressing challenges.”
In response to a question about how Singapore has grown as a nation after the pandemic, Mr Wong noted that going through a crisis would motivate everyone to develop, mature and become stronger and more resilient.
“And I think this has been our experience as a country that has been going through a crisis like COVID-19 for the past two years… I am therefore very confident that that sense of solidarity and resilience will also help us face future challenges. to cope.”