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Singapore Thaipusam Public Holiday Update

Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued a formal response to recent calls to have Thaipusam re-instated into the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Singapore.

According to the aforementioned statement, signed by Alvin Lim, the Ministry of Manpower's Divisional Director for Workplace Policy and Strategy Division, Thaipusam was a public holiday until 1968, at which time each religious community in Singapore had to give up a public holiday to increase Singapore's competitivity.

Muslims chose to give up Prophet's Birthday public holiday as well as the extra Hari Raya Puasa day of public holiday. Christians chose to give up the Saturday after Good Friday and Easter Monday. Hindus were given the choice between retaining Thaipusam or Deepavali as a public holiday, and chose Deepavali.

As per the aforementioned statement "... any move to reinstate any one festival as a public holiday will immediately invite competing claims, and necessitate considerable renegotiation with all communities".

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