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Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh
Monday, Aug 11, 2014

Singapore

50 ways to celebrate 50 years of Singapore

The Straits Times | Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh | Monday, Aug 11, 2014

One nation, many parties. No, we're not talking about Singapore's possible future political landscape.

Instead, The Straits Times comes up with 50 ways to mark Singapore turning 50 next year, canvassing people from Pioneer to Pasir Ris for their suggestions.

These vary from a rash of bashes, to naming a baby "Singapore", to hoping for a $500 hongbao.

Whether serious, irreverent or hilarious, they produce an interesting snapshot of a country soon to turn 50 - and offer a look at the very people who make it tick.

Insight also speaks to experts, such as sociologists, about what these wishes mean in terms of national identity.

You might say, "Wait, we're not yet 50. We're turning 49 today". But for milestone-embracing, "hub for everything" Singapore, why look back at the past 49 years when you can look ahead to the Big 50?

The country is already gearing up, with an SG50 committee and a slew of celebrations lined up.

But Singaporeans are finding their own ways to mark the occasion.

Sure, ST was confronted at times with blank stares. Hands went up over faces. "Celebrate for what?" Shoulders shrugged. "I'm going overseas lah. Long weekend."

This is the Singapore many sigh about: cold, distant, dispassionate.

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