Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterates the message that "good things need to be paid for".
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reiterated the message that "good things need to be paid for".
He was responding to comments from young Singaporeans at a post National Day Rally dialogue.
Some participants had said there's a sense of entitlement among youths here who want the government to do more for citizens.
Mr Lee though explained that whatever the government gives out, will come from citizens.
He noted that the country's revenue now is in balance but beyond a point, he said Singapore can get into trouble like the American and European economies.
A good chunk of the discussion was centred on youth involvement in the community.
Participants questioned if volunteer work should be institutionalised or free flow and asked what sort of role the government can play.
Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said the government has been very cautious about over-institutionalising the spirit of volunteerism here.
He said that it's hoped that with the Youth Corps, which was announced during the rally, the experience of volunteerism will be fulfilling.
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