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NTUC takes the lead in SG50 celebrations

Year-long bash starts with free fun fair and food vouchers for poor families

Published on Jun 9, 2014 8:40 AM

Singapore has yet to celebrate its 49th birthday this August, but that has not stopped the labour movement from starting its celebrations for the country's 50th birthday next year.

Yesterday, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) got low- wage workers and their families to colour birthday cards and pen well-wishes at a carnival in the union-linked Downtown East resort.

It is the first major organisation to start celebrating the SG50 birthday. Starting early will drum up "the sense of pride and belonging" among low-wage workers, said NTUC assistant secretary- general Zainal Sapari.

Details of the union's year- long celebration were not immediately available, but Mr Zainal said it will end with a mass display next year.

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