As Singapore is seeking to make strides in sustainability and developing a more liveable future, organisers of the Chingay parade should take heed to make the event greener.
When I was rehearsing for and performing in the parade in 2010, one thing that left a deep impression on me was the exhaust fumes that spewed from the engines under the floats. The fumes were hot and the smell was close to unbearable, while we practised our moves alongside the fuel-powered machines.
Perhaps the organisers could consider using human power to move smaller-scale floats, or employ electric motors to make Chingay more environmentally friendly.
There should also be a policy to reduce, reuse and recycle the props and costumes each year.
Ng Wei Shee