It is my great honour and pleasure to be able to attend the Chinese New Year Reception at the Istana Lawn on the 28th of February 2010. This is my very first time stepping into Istana, and attending such a prestigious event.
Before the dinner, I thought that the event was going to be quite an elaborate affair. Indeed it was! The reception was a buffet-styled dinner, with delicious food and pastries. After we had our dinner, projected screens installed around the lawn allowed grassroots leaders to watch Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deliver his speech on the stage. For a moment, I felt I was watching television at home. But actually, PM Lee was just 50 metres away. It felt so surreal.
Huijing with Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed
During the dinner, PM Lee addressed issues with regards to foreign talents and immigration. This made me realise that Singaporeans should be more open minded with the policies that the Singapore government has adopted as the benefits reaped will eventually benefit all Singaporeans and not only the foreigners. I have also learnt that Singaporeans must constantly upgrade their skills so as to increase their productivity as a way forward for the economy. It is very important for us to keep pace with international changes so as to gain a competitive edge in this globalised economy.
The most memorable part about the dinner was actually being able to take pictures of Istana and getting to see how it exudes its charm at night.
Sports & Wellness Secretary, 13th term Eunos CC YEC