Updated: 08/19/2013 03:26

PM Lee delivers Malay Speech at National Day Rally

PM Lee delivers Malay Speech at National Day Rally

The government will extend Edusave accounts and contributions to all students of school-going age, from 7 to 16. 

This is regardless of whether they attend madrasahs, study abroad or are home schooled. 

This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his Malay National Day Rally speech. 

Mr Lee said this is a signal that every child is valued and will help build a sense of solidarity among the next generation. 

Previously, the Edusave accounts and contributions were only available to students in national schools. 

Mr Lee also announced that in the next few years, three new mosques will be built in Woodlands, Jurong West and Punggol. 

And by 2016, 18,000 more prayer spaces will be added for Muslims. 

Mr Lee said even though the Government and community will do more, individuals must still give their best. 

He noted that some Singaporeans, including those among the Malay community, are worried about growing competition. 

But the Prime Minister is confident that Singapore can succeed. 

Instead of worrying, Mr Lee said Singapore should take advantage of existing training opportunities, upgrade and meet the competition head-on. 

He added this must be the fighting spirit that must be instilled in the Malay-Muslim community.

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