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Tens of thousands of S’poreans make dawn Oxley Road pilgrimage

Posted on 16 September 2013

Annual festival to observe Lee Kuan Yew’s birthday sees some attending in repentance.

Oxley Road entrance. (Photo stolen from Agagooga.)

Oxley Road entrance. (Photo stolen from Agagooga.)

Sept. 16 every year holds special meaning for Singaporeans young and old, as it is the birthday of our founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who charted the course of Singapore.

Tens of thousands of Singaporeans will make the annual pilgrimage to Oxley Road, where the home of Lee Kuan Yew resides.

Traditionally, attendees will hold a candle light vigil overnight to observe and reflect on the events of 1963 through to 1965.

This was the period when Lee Kuan Yew insisted merger with Malaysia — and thankfully, he got it wrong.

See Baey Heng, a Singaporean, said: “Wah lau heng we become independent. Imagine we are Malaysians now. Not only must drive around a Proton, still will kenna carjacked.”

Others, however, take the pilgrimage very seriously as a ritual.

One Singaporean, Fan Dui Dang, explained: “Yah, last year I also came for the pilgrimage. This was because I voted opposition in Aljunied GRC during GE2011. So I fasted for 40 days prior to Sept. 16 last year, then I come Oxley to repent.”

“After repent already, then can go back to support opposition. Then next year come back again to repent, then all is forgiven again and go back to support opposition again lor.”

“Every year just come back repent one time can already. It works like that one, right?”

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  • Edmund Khor

    I propose that 16 Sep be made a public holiday – Nation Founders’ Day. Our friends across the causeway are already celebrating 16 Sep as Malaysian Day. What do you think?

    • New Nation

      We think your sense of self-entitlement is very high, but we still agree.

    • chutney

      Agree. Because fck Thaipusam, all hail our founder.

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