SINGAPORE, 24 January 2023 – About 700 guests gathered at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) on the third day of the Chinese New Year to welcome a prosperous Year of The Rabbit.
Jointly organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), this annual event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Mr Edwin Tong.
Members of the Cabinet and Parliament, representatives of diplomatic corps, leaders and prominent members of the Chinese community, clan associations and local Chinese arts and cultural groups also joined in this joyous celebration to exchange well-wishes and share common aspirations for the new year.
Photo: Guest-of-Honour Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Mr Edwin Tong and guests exchange Lunar New Year greetings
Political leaders in attendance included Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister Josephine Teo, Minister Heng Chee How, Minister Chee Hong Tat, Minister Koh Poh Koon, Minister Sim Ann, Minister Low Yen Ling, Minister of State Gan Siow Huang, Minister of State Desmond Tan, Mayor of North-West District Alex Yam, Mayor of Central Singapore District Denise Phua, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Eric Chua, Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC Don Wee, Member of Parliament for Bukit Panjang, Liang Eng Hwa, Member of Parliament for Yio Chu Kang GRC Yip Hon Weng and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris- Punggol GRC Don Wee.
SCCC Chairman Mr Ng Siew Quan shared the progress of the Centre’s work, including an update on the work of the new Research Unit set up in 2022. “The first and utmost priority of the research unit is to set up an online repository on Chinese Singaporean culture to nurture a better appreciation of Singapore’s rich and unique Chinese culture,” said Mr Ng. He also added the online repository will be bilingual and launch in phases from mid-2024.
On building a vibrant clan community, President of SFCCA Mr Thomas Chua highlighted the importance of participation from the younger generation, but he noted that balancing work and family commitments can be a challenge. “As such, we thought to incorporate a stronger ‘family’ element into our social activities,” said Mr Chua. He added that such intergenerational events not only bring families together but also help to grow the younger ones’ interest in our cultural legacy.
The celebratory session was also live-streamed on SCCC and SFCCA’s Facebook pages, where almost 800 online viewers enjoyed enthralling performances by local art groups such as Chui Huay Lim Galaxy Ensemble and jazz performances by High Notes.
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