S'pore will keep improving: PM Lee

Singapore will keep improving itself for locals to live comfortably and pleasantly despite the dense population, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Sunday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of three global events held in Singapore - the World Cities Summit, the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore - PM Lee said this means more than just improving physical infrastructure; it also means strengthening social capital.

Integrating Singaporeans and newly-arrived immigrants and foreign workers, ethnic harmony and building a more compassionate society will help make Singapore the best home for all, he said.

In his speech, PM Lee said the next step is to build a "City in a Garden" which brings green spaces and biodiversity to Singaporeans' doorsteps

Singapore had been developed as a liveable and sustainable city from the start; nature has been integrated into the "Garden City", nature reserves have been protected, parks have been built and rivers and waterways have been cleaned.

Recent projects such as the Marina Barrage and the Gardens By The Bay are good examples of Singapore's transformation, Mr Lee said.

Formerly a polluted river, Marina Bay is now a bustling business centre and international icon which Singaporeans can be proud of.

He also said that Singapore must continue to do better and that efforts to make Singapore the best home must not end as the population has grown larger and has been exposed to other beautiful cities elsewhere.

There are also higher expectations and more interests to balance.

The World Cities Summit focuses on examining integrated urban solutions for liveable and sustainable cities.

The Singapore International Water Week will discuss "Water Solutions for Sustainable and Liveable Cities" while the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit will explore solutions to address.

paullim@sph.com.sg

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