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PM Lee Hsien Loong to deliver National Day Rally speech on Aug 22

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver the National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Aug 22 at Mediacorp, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Friday (July 2).

Further details – such as whether an audience will be present – will be released later.

Traditionally, the National Day Rally is used to map out the nation’s future directions, and also to announce policy changes.

There was no NDR held last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was the first time the NDR – generally considered the most important political speech of the year – had not been given since 1966.

Instead, PM Lee delivered a major speech to Singaporeans in Parliament in September, about a week after it reopened following the 2020 General Election, which the People’s Action Party won with 61.2 per cent of the vote.

His wide-ranging speech then covered topics such as the unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic, foreign manpower policies and the changed political landscape.

Last week, the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 announced that Singapore’s vaccination programme will be ramped up, allowing it to set a new target of having two-thirds of its population fully vaccinated by National Day, on Aug 9.

Following that, the country is expected to gradually transition to the new normal, where Covid-19 will be managed like other endemic diseases.

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