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Give yourself a 50 minutes well-spent : Singapore 50 years after independence

An investigative interview with our Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Finance of Singapore Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, this interview can never be done with no strong knowledge of Singapore’s political history, understanding with acceptance of the human social nature and the a firm belief in our system.

Some comments brought me joy to know that this interview have brought back fellow Singaporean’s confidence in our nation’s policies. Some of the epic phrases from Mr Tharman, which I hope will intrigue you play and finish watching this exceptionally sharp, eloquent and intelligent interview:


Tharman Shanmugaratnam: “I didn’t mean it entirely as a compliment.”


Tharman Shanmugaratnam: “… Present active tense.”
(claps and laughter from audience.)


Stephen Sackur: “Do you believe in the notion of a safety net?”
Tharman Shanmugaratnam: ” I believe in the notion of a trampoline.”
(That stunned Stephan Sackur for awhile.)


Tharman Shanmugaratnam: “Don’t hit too hard (on) a government who works very hard to do what is in the interests of its people and have good track records… right. Don’t hit it too hard.”


and my favourite quote of all…

Tharman Shanmugaratnam: “but, you don’t have to get state assistance in doing so!” 


If the interview above is not enough, here’s another speech during our recent 2015 elections that directly challenge the proposed policies of some oppositions and brought confidence and understanding back to voters.


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  1. I watched the interview too, and I’m very impressed and so proud that he represented us. It is no wonder he is the darling of many Singaporeans.

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