Singapore, 24 April 2017 – A record high of over 800 distinguished guests ushered in the Year of Rooster with Guest-of-Honour Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, at Spring Reception 2017 jointly organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), and Business China.
This is the first time Spring Reception is held at the newly completed SCCC building, as well as the largest event at SCCC since its completion. We are honoured to have Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister Ng Chee Meng, Minister Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon, Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Mr Stanley Loh, Parliamentary Secretary Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary Mr Baey Yam Keng joined in the festivities, with dignitaries from close to 10 countries and student representatives from all 6 public universities.
The Spring Reception is an annual event for Chinese community leaders in Singapore to gather and exchange well-wishes and aspirations in the New Year. It acts as a platform for SFCCA, SCCC and Business China to promote Chinese values, language and cultural appreciation. More importantly, the event hopes to facilitate interaction between members of different communities, as evidenced by a diverse guest profile this year.
In his speech, Guest-of-Honour Minister Shanmugam called for greater participation in each other’s cultures to generate more shared experiences. This would help ensure Singapore continues to be safe and secure, where diverse communities co-exist in peace, respect and harmony, with abundant opportunities for the young. Minister also lauded the SFCCA for promoting activities that strengthen national unity and integration of various communities, and noted that the SCCC is a timely addition to the journey of nation building amid changing societies, as cultivating a sense of identity and cultural belonging would help build an internal compass to guide us through difficulties.
President of SFCCA cum Chairman of SCCC, Mr Chua Thian Poh, highlighted the key work of SCCC since its inception, such as introducing the inaugural Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award and signing a memorandum of understanding with the SPH Chinese Media Group to help grow the Singapore Chinese culture and engage the younger generation. On this note, Mr Chua called for continued support as SFCCA strives to inspire new growth for the Chinese culture through technology and creativity, and engages diverse cultures to strengthen social safeguards.
Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, highlighted the importance of communication, collaboration, and connectivity in today’s world. On this note, Business China will continue to focus on sharing experience and knowledge about China’s social-economic landscape with Singaporeans, with the objective to nurture more talents who are both “Singapore- and China-savvy”. As Business China celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Mr Lee thanked the Chinese business community for their continued support and looked forward to forging more collaborations in the new year.
Finally, the Spring Reception also observed the tradition of exchanging well-wishes to signify unity, solidarity and harmony. Music and dance performances by NUS Chinese Dance Group and multi-ethnic performing group yIN Harmony further added to the festive mood.
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