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Wave of regret sweeps S’pore as Saturday public holiday means no long weekend

Wave of regret sweeps S’pore as Saturday public holiday means no long weekend

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So close.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe the more multi-religious and multi-racial the country is the better because there will be more public holidays, have heaved a sigh of regret.

This after they noticed that Deepavali falls on a Saturday, Oct. 29, which means the long weekend holiday is just missed by one day.

One Singaporean, Hua Ren said: “So close. If only it was on Friday or Sunday, then it will be three days off.”

“This is one of those missed opportunities.”

Other Singaporeans said more has to be done to ensure this does not happen again.

Fang Jia, a local, said: “To compensate for this lack of a long weekend, Singapore must recognise more ethnic groups to increase the overall number of public holidays a year.”

“If not Singapore is not as diverse as it claims to be.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’pore must not win more Olympic Gold medals if not ready to announce public holidays

S’pore must not win more Olympic Gold medals if not ready to announce public holidays

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This already shows a lack of commitment.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe trickle down effects are real and must be respected, are urging the government to rethink the country’s commitment to establishing a sporting nation and competing on the world stage to win more Olympic medals.

This after Singaporeans said the recent historic Olympic Gold medal win by swimming sensation Joseph Schooling was not met with the declaration of a public holiday for the republic in recognition of his achievement.

One Singaporean, Shang Xing, said: “The Olympic Gold medal win was not commensurate with a public holiday for Singaporeans.”

“If the government is not ready to announce public holidays for Singaporeans in response to winning in the Olympics, we don’t see the point in this pursuit.”

“It is hard to reconcile success with a lack of reward for the nation.”

Other locals said they can accept other terms offered, such as a S$300 cash voucher for all Singaporeans, in the event another Olympic Gold medal is won.

Gei Qian, another local, said: “However, for us to accept these terms, we need one day to think about it.”

“And this day must be a public holiday because I already have a lot on my plate and cannot make time in a normal work day to think about such things.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Lack of Lee Kuan Yew Day public holiday a stain on his legacy

Lack of Lee Kuan Yew Day public holiday a stain on his legacy

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March 23 must be a public holiday, Singaporeans urge government.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know how to sanctify those who are worthy, are up in arms.

This after the PAP did not declare March 23 as Lee Kuan Yew Day and an annual public holiday.

One Singaporean, Kee Jiak Hong, said she felt scandalised that the PAP government is only paying lip service to maintain Lee Kuan Yew’s memory: “This past week, all I’ve seen are numerous superficial events and tributes that do not go any deeper in consecrating Lee Kuan Yew’s name, image and memory.”

“Is this how shallow our love for our leader is?”

Other Singaporeans who heard this said they believe the government is obliged to declare March 23 every year as a public holiday, or else, Lee Kuan Yew will just be a figure and not a thing that will always be present.

Mei Ban Fah, another local, said: “Only then, can Singaporeans spend a full day reflecting on the thoughts, words and deeds of Lee Kuan Yew.”

“If March 23 is not a public holiday, Singaporeans will be too caught up with their everyday life to do anything meaningful to remember LKY by.”

“Therefore, the government must also reimburse the salaries of Singaporeans on this day of no work if the PAP is serious about maintaining Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy.”

“Or, extend the public holiday to two days to match Chinese New Year.”

1 million Majulahs and this will be a reality.

Posted by We Are Kanina on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans request for 1-week public holiday to get over loss of Lee Kuan Yew

S’poreans request for 1-week public holiday to get over loss of Lee Kuan Yew

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This will enable smoother transition period from bereavement to regular programming.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

Singaporeans from all walks of life who spent the past week mourning the loss of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew have formally requested the government for a one-week public holiday to be set aside for coming to terms with their loss.

They say this period of down time is needed for their bereavement and acceptance of the eternal demise of the elder statesman.

One Singaporean, Zho Hao Lam, said: “Singaporeans would really appreciate it if we can have some time to ourselves and reflect upon our loss.”

“Furthermore, the loss of Lee Kuan Yew was so sudden. This added to the shock. We need some time to soothe our frayed nerves.”

“The one-week public holiday will also allow us to seek closure and it will be necessary for us to move on and look forward to get back on our feet.”

“This is a must-have after any period of mourning. Especially if it is once in 50 years.”

“Since we had already set aside an unprecedented one-week of national mourning last week, what’s another week for the citizens to reflect on their loss?”

At press time, another group of Singaporeans are considering asking for a two-week mandatory public holiday, besides requesting for the instituting of the annual three-day Lee Kuan Yew remembrance days in March every year.

 

Here’s how we should remember Lee Kuan Yew:

SMRT East West Line shut down for 30 minutes on Friday evening as mark of respect for LKY

Loud booming voice heard as rainbow appeared over Marina Barrage: ‘I will take care of you all!’

All races in S’pore agree Thaipusam deserves to be a public holiday because more holidays the merrier

All races in S’pore agree Thaipusam deserves to be a public holiday because more holidays the merrier

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Singaporeans deserve more holidays, not less.

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All races in Singapore from all walks of life who have just lived through a two-day back-to-back Chinese New Year holiday, said they have come to believe that Thaipusam, the Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community, should be converted into a public holiday every year as well.

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Singaporeans who are non-Hindus said this will help promote equality across all races in Singapore as each race will then have two days of holiday each per year.

Hen Gong Ping, a Singaporean Chinese, said he believes this should be done out of fairness: “As a Chinese, I will also get to have holiday on Thaipusam, which means, I will still get paid for not going to work. So, why not?”

Other races, such as Malays, believe giving the majority race a day off on days that minorities observe religious and cultural festivities can contribute to Singaporeans’ overall welfare.

Ahmad, a Malay, said any additional day of public holiday in Singapore is a benefit as it promotes time for the family: “Every year the annual leave only got 14 days. Where got enough? Ask the government give one extra day of public holiday as if force them to make Singapore and Malaysia merge again.”

“So cheapskate.”

Pereira, one of the few Eurasians in Singapore have also voiced out, saying how he appreciates fellow Singaporeans’ recognition of his race: “Ya, everybody everyday talk about Chinese, Malay and Indians only. And talk about Filipinos. No one remembers that Eurasians even exist in Singapore anymore.”

“Go ahead, have one more day of public holiday in Singapore. Not as if I mind.”

 

Singaporeans love Chinese New Year:

S’pore feels less crowded like in the 1990s as 1 million foreigners went back home for CNY

July 2 to become public holiday, after LionsXII title win that day

July 2 to become public holiday, after LionsXII title win that day

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FAS will honour all Singaporeans for being united without Tony Tan’s help.

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The Singapore Football Association is looking to honour the LionsXII’s historic win with a celebration that will involve “all Singaporeans”.

The FAS President, Zainudin Nordin said the historic Malaysian Super League title win is due to Singaporeans being united: “The fans have been fantastic and we want to reward the fans together with our players.”

And this was achieved despite Tony Tan not being involved, although he explicitly said he would unite Singaporeans when he campaigned for presidency in 2011.

The rumour mills have been grinding at full steam with unnamed sources saying July 2 will be scheduled as an annual public holiday, as the LionsXII won the title on that day.

However, not all fans will be satisfied.

Boh Zho Peng, a local soccer fan, said: “How to honour the local soccer fans? Maybe Zainudin Nordin can complete his National Service first.”