National Citizenship Ceremony 2019

Good morning to everybody, friends, residents, grassroots leaders, new citizens, ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to join you this morning for the Ang Mo Kio and Sengkang West Citizenship Ceremony here at ITE College Central. First of all, let me congratulate all of you who officially become Singapore citizens today – a significant milestone in your lives, not a day you will ever forget. It is especially significant because you are becoming Singapore citizens in this Bicentennial year, when we are reflecting on our history – how we became one people, and what it means to be Singaporean. Like you, all our ancestors came from distant lands. Eventually, they made the same fateful decision as you have: to sink their roots here, and make Singapore their home. And in time, I hope that you too will contribute more towards our multicultural and multiracial society, having made this journey “from Singapore to Singaporean”. Taking up citizenship is a deep, personal commitment. As Mr S Rajaratnam, one of our Founding Fathers, once said, “being a Singaporean is not a matter of ancestry. It is conviction and choice”. You have made that choice – you’ve made a decision that sets the course of your life, not just for yourself but also for your loved ones.

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