NDP 2015 exco working with online sites to stop sale of NDP tickets

National Day Parade 2014. NDP 2015 exco is working with websites to stop sale of tickets.
National Day Parade 2014. NDP 2015 exco is working with websites to stop sale of tickets. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - People found selling tickets for the National Day Parade (NDP) and the preview will be barred from balloting for future parades.

The NDP executive commitee on Tuesday said that it takes a serious view of the sale and unauthorised distribution of tickets for the previews and actual parade.

Its chairman, BG Melvyn Ong, said: "The NDP excecutive committee is actively working with all sale sites which include Carousell and eBay to prevent the sale of preview and actual day tickets.

"The NDP executive committee would like to appeal to successful applicants who are unable to attend the parade to share their tickets with family and friends."

The Straits Times reported on Sunday that the highly sought after NDP tickets were selling on mobile marketplace Carousell for as much as $400.

About 100,000 NDP tickets are available this year, for a preview on Aug 1 and the actual show on Aug 9.

This year's Golden Jubilee Parade is expected to have the largest fireworks display, a vintage parade and special aerial displays by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

The tickets are free but members of the public had to participate in a ballot to get them. The results of the ballot were announced from June 1 to 5, and successful applicants collected their tickets from June 5 to 14. Sale of the tickets is prohibited.

Carousell said on Sunday that it had reviewed and removed all listings related to the sale of NDP tickets.

"We have found them to be in violation of item 12 of the ticketing terms and conditions issued by the event organiser, which has reached out to us for assistance on this matter," a spokesman said.

This is not the first time NDP tickets have been put on sale online. In 2012 and 2013, some ticket holders attempted to auction them on auction website eBay, as well as on online classifieds service Craigslist, reports said.

To get around the prohibition on the sale of the tickets, sellers offered the tickets "free" with other items, including diamond pendants, Hello Kitty toys, and in one case, a $300 hair clip.

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