In the face of economic, security and climatic problems, I would say, perhaps surprisingly, that our main challenge is social - it lies in maintaining unity, harmony. The multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious society that is Singapore is our most precious asset.
What we have done this far was only possible because of our will to work together. A community which works together, stays together and today the social compact remains strong between government and its people.
However, there are many forces at play that threaten to weaken the ties between us which we need to resist and overcome.
We must dare to define and chart our own journey as we learn from what other societies and countries are going through.
It is sometimes easier to say what NOT to do - but that does not give guidance on what the right course of action could be. The problems are many and large - so we need to muster every Singaporean to work together to solve them.