The next lap
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The Next Lap is a broad agenda for Singapore's long- term development, which includes ideas and proposals to make Singapore a nation of distinction. To mark this new phase in the country's political history and national development, a 160-page book, Singapore: The Next Lap, was launched on 22 February 1991. It was also released as the Principal Addendum to the Presidential Address.
A Cabinet sub-committee called the Long Term National Development Committee was entrusted with the task of setting the directions for the nation's development. Formed in 1989 by the then Deputy Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, and chaired by the Acting Minister for Information and the Arts, George Yeo, the committee drew on the ideas put forth in the past by government and private groups. Included were those from Vision 1999 (1984), the Economic Committee (1986), Agenda for Action (1988) and the 1989 reports of the six Advisory Councils on the disabled, the aged, sports and recreation, youth, culture and the arts, and family and community life.
In formulating the vision of the country's leaders and a new generation of Singaporeans, the Next Lap builds upon the physical and social assets developed over the last 25 years for the race into the 21st century. This vision focuses on eight key areas:
(1) The People: Singapore's most precious resources.
(2) Education: An investment in the people.
(3) The Economy: Sharpening Singapore's competitive advantage.
(4) The Singapore Concept Plan.
(5) The Arts and Sports.
(6) Caring for the less fortunate.
(7) Singapore International.
(8) National Security.
Tan Lay Yuen
Singapore: The next lap. (1991). Singapore: Times Editions: Government of Singapore.
(Call no.: RSING 959.5705 SIN)
Blueprint for a city of diversity and grace. (1991, September 12). The Straits Times, p. 1.
Government unveils its vision of a future Singapore. (1991, February 23). The Straits Times, p. 3.
Ready, steady, go. (1991, February 24). The Straits Times, p. 15.
Singapore belongs to all of us. (1991, February 23). The Straits Times, p. 18.
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