PM Lee: We separated from Malaysia because we believed in the ideal of a multi-racial society. We believed that before race, language, and religion, we should first and foremost, be Singaporean.

We encouraged all the communities to come together, but yet gave each community space to maintain their own cultures and ways of life. When difficult issues arose, we dealt with them together. We made extra effort to ensure that every community could hold their own and not be left behind.

Therefore, for SG50, every community in Singapore is celebrating because all have progressed with the nation. Each group is celebrating with other groups, because we are one united people.

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