PM’s New Year Message, 1982

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in On the Record

      The first page of PM Lee’s 1982 New Year’s Day speech

On the eve of New Year’s Day, 1982, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew gave this solemn speech to the nation. Singapore  faced serious challenges arising from a turbulent global economy which was in a major recession. In this speech titled “Difficult Times Ahead” PM Lee minced no words despite the New Year festivities and sought to rally the nation in a joint effect to tackle the problems head on. Many of the challenges he cites echo with those emerging today.

Read the full speech at the National Archives Government Speeches Database: