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Concern for family of otters at Istana reflects gotong royong spirit here, Latest Singapore News



A family of 14 otters were spotted crossing Orchard Road in front of the official residence of the president on Friday (March 11).

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared the video by wildlife photographer Bernard Seah in a Facebook post on Friday evening.

“Our otters have been dropping in on the Istana every now and then to explore the lawns and enjoy the sun,” he said.

“Appreciate the care taken by Istana staff, NParks (National Parks Board), Singapore Police Force, and members of the public to help them co-exist with us safely in our urban environment, for example, crossing the road safely.”

He said this “gotong royong” – Malay for mutual assistance – concern for the otters is a metaphor for the society Singaporeans are building: “Opportunities for everyone, being prepared for the unexpected, and most of all a society that cares.”

He added: “Budget 2022 gets us ready for the next bound. It was not an easy Budget, but it will do much to strengthen our social compact. I thank Singaporeans for your trust and support.

 

Otters crossing Orchard Road in front of the Istana main entrance

Our otters have been dropping in on the Istana every now and then to explore the lawns and enjoy the sun. Appreciate the care taken by Istana staff, NParks, Singapore Police Force, and members of public to help them co-exist with us safely in our urban environment, e.g. crossing the road safely. This gotong royong concern for the otters is a metaphor for the society we are building. Opportunities for everyone, being prepared for the unexpected, and most of all a society that cares. Budget 2022 gets us ready for the next bound. It was not an easy Budget, but it will do much to strengthen our social compact. I thank Singaporeans for your trust and support. – LHL (Video by Bernard Photojournals)

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, March 11, 2022

Two weeks of debate on Budget 2022 wrapped up on Thursday, with Parliament approving $109 billion in planned spending for the coming financial year on Friday.

Some hotly debated topics had included the upcoming goods and services tax hike, as well as measures on foreign manpower.

Noting the Budget debate had taken place amid concerns about the Ukraine crisis and climate change, Leader of the House Indranee Rajah said on Friday: “Against this backdrop, we debated and approved one of our most transformative Budgets to date, setting ourselves on a path towards becoming a fair, greener and more inclusive and overall more progressive Singapore.”





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