HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Singapore’s National Day is celebrated on August 9 in the memory of the country’s independence from Malaysia in 1965
  • The citizens need to maintain their vigilance and resolve to keep themselves safe from the Coronavirus
  • The PM requested the employers to make every effort to keep their workers and not drop them at the first sign of trouble

SINGAPORE: Every year on August 9, Singapore celebrates its National Day. It is celebrated on the memory of the country’s independence from Malaysia in 1965. On Sunday while celebrating the 55 years of Independence, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the Covid-19 crisis is far from over. During the celebration, the PM of Singapore said that it will take a year or two before a vaccine is widely available to fight against the global pandemic. Till then, the citizens need to maintain their vigilance and resolve to keep themselves safe.

He said that the citizens are worried and, business closures a, retrenchments and unemployment are all likely to go up in the coming months. However, this is not the first economic crisis in the nation. He mentioned the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US, and the global financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. The PM said he is confident to get through the present economic crisis arise due to the novel coronavirus.

The government of Singapore is actively helping people find jobs and acquire new skills. The PM requested the employers to make every effort to keep their workers and not drop them at the first sign of trouble. By this, it would encourage the employees to help their employers rebuild when conditions improve. Meanwhile, fighting against Covid-19, the Singapore people have come together. Several Singaporean and migrant workers have participated in services and activities to fight against the global pandemic.

In the end, Loong said that they should all stand together and fight against the global pandemic so that, the future generations would look back and say that the present generation stood together and built Singapore for them. As of Saturday, the Covid-19 tally in Singapore stands at 54,929 out of which 48,312 have recovered.

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