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Singapore PM defends immigration policy ahead of general election

Observers have predicted that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (pictured) will call snap polls for September 12, the first vote since the country's independence leader Lee Kuan Yew died in MarchSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday defended his immigration policies and unveiled a set of economic goodies for families ahead of general elections expected to be held in September. “Soon, I will be calling elections to ask for your mandate to take Singapore into this next phase of our nation-building,” Lee said in an annual policy speech after the city-state celebrated 50 years of independence from Malaysia. You will be deciding who’s governing Singapore for the next five years, but much more than that… you will be setting the direction for Singapore for the next fifty years, you will be determining the future for Singapore,” he added.

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