“In this work, we draw strength from our people, two societies built on multiculturalism and on merit.  In the United States, we call ourselves a “melting pot” of different races, religions and creeds.  In Singapore, it is rojak — different parts united in a harmonious whole.  We’re bound by the belief that no matter who you are, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it.  What Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew once said of his country could be said of us — both are populations of triers — “prepared to try anything to improve themselves.  [We] have only the future to go in quest of.” – Barack Obama, 2 Aug 16