SG50 was a defining year for Singapore, marked by events such as the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the National Day Parade and the General Elections. Singaporeans came together, reminisced and celebrated how far we have come as a small nation, regardless of race, language or religion.

During the President’s address last week, Dr Tan said that this solidarity will stand us in good stead as we embark on a new chapter of nation building. He added that while Singapore is in a stronger position than the founding generation, its people “cannot expect an easy journey”.

Dr Tan pledged that the government will not lose sight of a key and continuing goal: to foster a caring society that can be sustained over a long term; and a lending hand to those who have been left behind.

 “Singapore will always be a place where our children can chase rainbows and fulfill aspirations.”


This is not the first time I heard a leader telling Singaporeans to go chase that rainbow.

It was mentioned before by PM Lee here.

“Young people should chase more rainbows, do well, and do us all proud” – PM Lee

and also MM Lee here

“For the young, let me tell you the sky has turned brighter. There’s a glorious rainbow that beckons those with the spirit of adventure. And there are rich findings at the end of the rainbow. To the young and to the no-so-old, I say, look at that horizon, follow that rainbow, go ride it.” – Lee Kuan Yew


Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms cited “chasing rainbows” as trying to achieve something that is not possible or practical

But I would like to defer in Singapore’s context.

Language is after all unique and should be used as creatively as you could.

You extend, and you  stretch and you break the expected patterns to form new and sometimes startling ones.

Singapore is a unique country  (From slumps to metropolis in 50 years) .

Singapore offers endless possibilities for those that dare dream and Singaporeans chase our rainbows with heart because we know that it is real.


Source: The Straits Times