Singapore to focus on themes of resilience, innovation as ASEAN chairman

“The last time we chaired ASEAN was in 2007 and we are very happy to be chairing it again,” Mr Lee said on Friday (Jan 12) at the Experience ASEAN launch event held at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.Visitors can look forward to food, craft stalls and performances from the region at the event held from Friday to Sunday.On Friday evening, veteran entertainer Dick Lee entertained the crowd with Rise, a song for ASEAN that he composed “10 years ago”, he said.A special orchid hybrid to commemorate Singapore’s chairmanship, named Renanthera ASEAN 2018, was also unveiled at the event. The flower symbolises the “unity, strength and resilience” of ASEAN states, host Diana Ser said.The launch event celebrates ASEAN’s achievements and its vibrancy “the ASEAN way”, said Mr Lee.“The performances and stalls today are just a sliver of ASEAN’s rich cultural diversity,” he added.Mr Lee, who is MP of Ang Mo Kio GRC, also reminded those gathered at the event of ASEAN’s achievements since its formation in 1967 by five countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia joined later.“Looking back, if the leaders of the five founding ASEAN members had not taken a leap of faith and established ASEAN in 1967, the region could still be troubled by conflicts,” he said. “Singapore, a small and vulnerable country, newly independent, might not have survived in such a difficult neighbourhood, let alone won a place in the world.”The bloc has also increased the influence of the region… [Read full story]

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