Lee Hsien Loong strikes confident pose in swanky rally teaser

At left, Lee Hsien Loong’s cup that went viral in the past year, and him all happy at the Mediacorp Studios, at right. Photos: Prime Minister’s Office
At left, Lee Hsien Loong’s cup that went viral in the past year, and him all happy at the Mediacorp Studios, at right. Photos: Prime Minister’s Office

His collar all but popped, grin primed and mug blue, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong showed today that he’s all ready to give his annual Independence Day speech. 

In a new teaser for his grand speech Sunday night at Mediacorp Studios, Lee cuts a chill af figure in grey bomber jacket in a studio equipped with giant robotic cameras and white sofa seats for the audience. Coming after last year’s speech was canceled due to the pandemic, Lee sought to project calm and trotted out the iconic blue mug that’s become familiar from his addresses of the past year. 

“I’m doing it differently this year because of COVID-19. I will be in the studio with a studio audience, with a Zoom audience of two thousand people, with a TV audience, and also online,” he said. 

Singapore can expect Lee to touch on policy topics such as increasing lower-income worker salaries and reforming human resource practices, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said last week.

Lee’s address starts at 6:45pm on Sunday evening in Malay, followed by Chinese and English at 8pm. It will be broadcast on television, radio and online. His speech comes after last week’s annual patriotic parade, which itself had been pushed back from Aug. 9 to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid fresh outbreaks. 

Singapore yesterday recorded 116 cases, 40 of which were linked to Bugis Junction shopping mall. Three new clusters have also formed at the Punggol and Toa Payoh bus interchanges and a Bukit Panjang coffee shop. 

In total, Singapore has recorded 66,928 cases and 52 deaths since the outbreak began.

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