Spreading Festive Joy

12 Feb 2016 2 min read

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Prime Minister Lee together with NTUC Secretary General and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Senior Ministers of State, Ms Josephine Teo and Mr Heng Chee How visited the staff on duty at Changi Airport on the first day of Lunar New Year. In the face of a slowing economy, PM Lee called upon Singaporeans “to focus on skills upgrading, as well as giving productivity and training a bigger push.”

Mr Lee also commended the staff for their dedication and operational efficiency. “To keep operations running like clockwork on the ground and in the air, our airport staff work tirelessly, even on public holidays. Yet, they always keep a smile on their faces,” he said.

Separately, Ministers and Member Parliaments also visited the heartlands to wish Singaporeans a Happy Lunar New Year.

Wishing all our residents Happy New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai at Yew Tee MRT station this morning! #ChineseNewYear #CNY2016 #SecondDay

Posted by Lawrence Wong on Monday, February 8, 2016
Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong was at Yew Tee MRT early on the second day of Lunar New Year to hand out oranges.
Member Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, Mr Louis Ng went around the neighbourhood thanking those who were on duty during the festive weekend.

He went to petrol kiosks, clinics and also had “lo hei” with workers from the Nee Soon Town Council.

Member Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, Ms Joan Pereira organised a Reunion Lunch for the elderly in her constituency.

She commended the community effort, “Although some of our elderly may have no family, we have built a strong community in Henderson-Dawson and our elderly are looked after well by neighbours and volunteers.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Amrin Amin took the occasion to visit Chinese Temples in his constituency, tossing yu sheng and watching lion dances with his residents. He appreciated the social cohesion of Singaporeans saying, “We share the joys of each other, united together always, regardless of race, language or religion.”

This has been a most interesting and eventful Chinese New Year long weekend. Here's a 1-minute plus highlights of my first day of the Year of the Monkey.One of the best comments I received from my visit to Chinese temples is from Mdm Masturah Ahmad. She said 'May Allah bless you'. This is what is unique and wonderful about Singapore. We share the joys of each other, united together always, regardless of race, language or religion. Spending #CNY2016 with all of you is a great honour.

Posted by Amrin Amin on Tuesday, February 9, 2016