Speaking at the Institute of Policy Studies Singapore Perspectives 2023, Mr Chan said everyone has the responsibility to pay it forward.
“We are all here not just because of our hard work and intelligence, but also because of the opportunities provided by our system and our predecessors,” he said. “As such, it is integral for the more successful, the more talented and the better endowed to take care of those with less,” he added.
Collaboration, not individualism
We cannot shield ourselves from competition.
The more successful we are as a country, the greater our risk of us seeing the world as we want it, rather than as it is, or to think that the Government can insulate us from the harsh realities of the world beyond Singapore.
Confidence in our abilities, respect for our diverse strengths
“We must build a culture of celebrating and nurturing diversity, to bring out the best in every child, to strengthen our collective resilience,” he said.
Don't diminish creativity through rote learning
“While it is said that we cannot teach curiosity or creativity, we must certainly not diminish them through rote learning, distracted by chasing the marginal last mark, and chasing after the same narrow definition of success”