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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

S’pore lion dance troupes practising piano renditions of tunes as ban on drums could be extended

S’pore lion dance troupes practising piano renditions of tunes as ban on drums could be extended

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They are willing to cope with string instruments as long as Singapore is safe and harmonious.

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Lion dance troupes in Singapore are putting their trademark drum sets and cymbals away, starting this Chinese New Year.

Instead of relying on loud banging and crashing sounds during performances that could potentially flout the law, many dance troupes said they will start practising piano renditions of classic lion dance tunes to keep up with Singapore’s anti-drumming laws.

Singapore, this past week, arrested three people during Thaipusam because they were doing something against the law.

Wu Shi, one of the leading lion dance troupe members, said he is not worried that choreographing dance moves using piano tunes will change the feel of the performance and an abandonment of tradition: “The news of drums being banned during Thaipusam making the rounds these few days has made us realised that drums are potentially violent instruments that can unleash the baser instincts in humans.”

“As we are aware that drumming could be banned in other areas as they can be deemed to potentially flout the law, we have taken the first step of keeping up with the times by using pianos instead.”

“Furthermore, it is not fair to make Indians feel privileged in Singapore by banning drumming. All races must face bans when it comes to drumming, so that all races can feel privileged at the same time.”

At press time, concert organisers in Singapore have confirmed that all live acts performing in Singapore from this month onward will have to do so without percussion or any identifiable drum kit.

 

It’s all about the bass no drums:

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Public drinking prohibitions not effective as 3 men arrested at Thaipusam still smelt of alcohol

 

 

 

 

 





Public drinking prohibitions not effective as 3 men arrested at Thaipusam still smelt of alcohol

Public drinking prohibitions not effective as 3 men arrested at Thaipusam still smelt of alcohol

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Singapore has failed all Singaporeans again.

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Three men, aged between 28 and 33, arrested for rowdy behaviour at the annual Thaipusam procession on Tuesday, were said to have smelt of alcohol, according to the Singapore Police who revealed the details only a day later in a Facebook post on Feb. 4, 2015.

Their arrests came after the scuffle they were in ended with a policemen sent to hospital.

Police said its officers were sent to the junction of Serangoon Road and Desker Road at about 6:50pm that day, after a group there insisted on playing drums during Thaipusam, which was a natural thing to do during a ritual procession.

A law enforcement analyst said this incident clearly shows a failure of legislation to deal with the drinking problem in Singapore, that looks likely to spread island-wide as alcohol consumption is increasingly getting pushed underground.

Leah Pai Lang, a man who was drinking beer at the coffee shop, said: “The government has failed the citizenry again by not doing enough to stop people from drinking. These arrests clearly shows that there has been a complete failure to use a bigger sledgehammer to kill a fly.”

These arrests has come under the intense spotlight as they follow hot on the heels of legislation that had just been passed in parliament last week to ban the public consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm.

However, other Singaporeans had different interpretations of the arrests.

One local, Jiang Dao Li, said the arrests wouldn’t have happened if other factors were factored in: “The three men who were arrested wouldn’t have clashed with the police if the police weren’t there.”

Another local, Jiang Zhen De, concurred: “If there was no police, then there wouldn’t have been anyone to arrest the three men.”

“And then there wouldn’t have been any news of anyone smelling like alcohol.”

 

Singapore bans drinking and eating in public at night:

S’pore to ban eating in public after banning alcohol consumption in public after 10.30pm

Alcohol failed to cause riot at Clark Quay the past year since Little India riot occurred

Foreign workers rioted because they were feeling okay

 

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Thaipusam: Drummers continue despite initial police warning

Thaipusam: Drummers continue despite initial police warning

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