Updated: 03/06/2014 23:31

Singapore must not lose sight of dangers from outside world, says PM Lee



Singapore must not lose sight of dangers from outside world, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore must not lose sight of what is happening in the outside world, even as Singaporeans pay attention to local issues like healthcare, housing and public transport during the Budget debate. 

In a Facebook posting, Mr Lee says the Ukraine crisis reminds us why Singapore must always maintain a strong Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team. 

He says Ukraine may be bigger than Singapore, but is much smaller than its neighbour, Russia. 

Amid turmoil in Ukraine, Russian troops have intervened in the Crimea, a part of Ukraine that used to belong to Russia. 

Mr Lee says that if war breaks out in Ukraine, the global economy will be affected, and so will Singapore's. 

The lesson, he says, is that "small countries must defend themselves and cannot rely solely on international treaties or the promises of others". 

He says Singapore must also have a capable Foreign Affairs Ministry to strengthen our ties with friends and allies. 

He adds that it's only then that Singapore can be "safe and secure".

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