MPs get together for colourful Deepavali fashion shoot

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Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (centre), together with 23 ministers and MPs, gamely pose for photos on the Parliament House lawn on Monday, Oct 2, 2017. PHOTO: TAMIL MURASA

SINGAPORE - Dressed in traditional Indian outfits, 24 ministers and MPs gamely posed for photos on the Parliament House lawn before last Monday's (Oct 2) Parliament sitting.

The men were taking part in a fashion shoot showcasing Indian kurtha, jibba tops and dhotis, which was organised by the Tamil Murasu newspaper ahead of Deepavali, which falls on Oct 18.

In a video posted by Tamil Murasu on Facebook on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who wore a full sleeve brown-coloured jippa top, said MPs enjoyed themselves and some bought new clothes for the occasion.

"It comes very easily for us to put ourselves in the culture of one of the other Singapore communities," he said.

Sembawang GRC MP Vikram Nair, who helped to gather the MPs for the event, said he was very happy that many of them came forward and put in the effort to dress in Indian attire, whether they be Chinese, Malay, Indian or Eurasian.

Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng wore a long sleeve blue kurta top with a red shawl, which he picked out on a recent grassroots outing to Tekka Market, while Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai wore a veshti and thundu (a towel worn on the shoulder), which he wore 21 years ago for his wedding.

Mr Tamilavel, Tamil Murasu's news editor, said the shoot was a follow-up to a similar photoshoot last year involving women MPs.

"It shows how multicultural Singaporeans are. We embrace each other's cultures, with the MPs setting an example," he said.

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