Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Right now we have Low Thia Khiang, Chiam See Tong, Steve Chia. We can deal with them. Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I’m going to spend all my time thinking what’s the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week’s problem and forget about next year’s challenges? (2006)
Change has to take place in Singapore but change must take place not (between parties) but within the PAP. (2008)
As we confront these challenges, the conventional thinking in Washington tells us that we’re a country divided into Red states and Blue states; that we’re doomed to fight the same tired partisan battles over and over again; that we can’t come together to grow our economy or meet the threats of the 21st century; that we can’t take on big challenges like healthcare, energy, or education; that Americans can’t reach past the lines of region, religion, or race; and that young Americans are unwilling to serve and act as citizens in the highest sense.
But at this moment, millions of Americans are already coming together to prove that thinking wrong and demand something better. They are hungry for a new leadership and a new direction for America. These Americans are Democrats who are tired of being divided; Republicans who no longer recognize their own party; and independents who are ready for a change in Washington. They are young people who’ve been inspired for the very first time and those not-so-young Americans who’ve been inspired for the first time in a long while. They include veterans and churchgoers, sportsmen and students, farmers and factory workers, and teachers and business owners. They all have varied backgrounds and different traditions, but they share the same values that bind us together as one country; commonsense and honesty; generosity and compassion; decency and responsibility.
What we need in the next President is the proven ability to bring people to the table and get things done. We need a President who understands the world we live in today and has a detailed plan to bring opportunities and security to all Americans. We need a leader who will level with the American people about what he will do if entrusted with the presidency and what we, as a nation, must do to get our country back on track.
“Change We Can Believe In; Barack Obama’s Plan To Renew America’s Promise.”