Speech by DPM Teo Chee Hean at the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan's 45th Board Installation Ceremony at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre on 20 April 2019.
首先，八邑会馆应该继续发扬我们优良的潮州传统文化，将它世代相传。我很高兴八邑会馆一直主办两年一度的 “潮州节”，推广潮州美食和文化。我相信所有新加坡人都已知道 “潮州人 家己人” 的口号。
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Lifetime Honorary President and Advisor of Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, Mr George Quek,
Immediate Past President and Advisor, Mr Chua Kee Teang,
President, Mr Chan Kian Kuan,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good afternoon everyone. I am pleased to attend the Installation Ceremony of the 45th Board of the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan.
This year, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan celebrates its 90th anniversary and we commemorate the 200th anniversary of modern Singapore. Over the past two centuries, Singapore has transformed from a small fishing village into a modern metropolis. Our clan associations, like Poit Ip Huay Kuan, have always played a key role in our community. Poit Ip Huay Kuan has provided support and help to the Teochew community, and actively promoted Teochew culture.
Today, Poit Ip Huay Kuan continues to be an important member of our community. I have three suggestions on what Poit Ip Huay Kuan can do to continue to contribute and serve our community.
First, Poit Ip Huay Kuan can continue to promote our excellent Teochew cultural traditions, and pass them on from generation to generation. I am happy that Poit Ip Huay Kuan has been organising the biennial Teochew Festival to promote Teochew food and culture. I believe everyone in Singapore knows the slogan “Teochew people, my own people” by now.
Secondly, Poit Ip Huay Kuan can help to promote greater trade and investment linkages between Singapore and Chaoshan region, as well as Guangdong Province. The Huay Kuan can also encourage the younger Teochew generation to set up new business ventures, and follow the lead of successful entrepreneurs.
Third, Poit Ip Huay Kuan can create opportunities for new immigrants to better understand Singapore’s customs and culture, and to deepen interactions. I am happy that Poit Ip Huay Kuan has been actively helping students from Chaoshan to better integrate into Singapore, and strengthening the ties between the next generation of Singapore and China.
Lastly, I hope that as one big Teochew family, we can resolve any existing issues soon.
Congratulations to the 45th Board of the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan on your appointment! I look forward to Poit Ip Huay Kuan keeping up the good work, and working more closely with the Government and our people, to create an even better future for Singapore.
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