Singaporeans deserve more holidays, not less.
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.
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.”
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.”
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