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500 native and new Singaporeans tour the Southern Islands to promote interaction

Published on Mar 9, 2014 2:45 PM

It was all hands on deck early Sunday morning as both native and new Singaporeans went on a tour of the Southern Islands together, as part of an initiative to help new citizens integrate into society.

During the five-hour event, they visited six of the islands - Pulau Seringat, Lazarus, St John's, Pulau Tekukor and the Sisters' Islands - and listened to historical tales and folk stories told by guides.

The 500 participants - 380 locals and 120 new citizens - also had lunch on a seventh island, Kusu Island, and took part in an Instagram competition, which involved them taking pictures with other participants on the tour to help them make friends.

The event, which ended at about 2pm on Sunday afternoon, concluded with a visit of the Singapore Maritime Gallery at the Marina South Pier, where participants learnt more about Singapore's maritime history.

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