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  • QX179R's Avatar
    67,571 posts since Feb '08
    • SINGAPORE: There are no plans to gazette Thaipusam as a public holiday.

      Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam made this clear in a written answer to Parliament.

      He explained that there are currently 11 public holidays in Singapore.

      The days were chosen in consultation with the major religious groups and "represent a careful balancing of the interests amongst the various groups in our society".

      "In the past there have been requests to deem other significant days or festivals observed by various groups of Singaporeans as public holidays, such as Lao-Tzu's Birthday for the Taoists, Thaipusam and the Hindu New Year for the Hindus and Women's Day."

      He added that there is a long-accepted, common understanding with regards to the number and configuration of public holidays and that "it would be sensible to maintain this".

      Mr Tharman said an increase in the number of public holidays would raise business costs and affect Singapore's economic competitiveness.

      "This was a major consideration when the current 11 public holidays were first decided on, and remains relevant today," said Mr Tharman.

      - CNA/de

  • Dalforce 1941's Avatar
    2,186 posts since Dec '11
    • He explained that there are currently 11 public holidays in Singapore.

       

      Add one more, just nice, 12 days.

      One day off for each month. 

       

      Mr Tharman said an increase in the number of public holidays would raise business costs and affect Singapore's economic competitiveness.

      Can show me the calculations? Last time stop at 2 good for economy, now more babies good for economy. At least show some evidence lah. This type of bullshit any fucker also can talk.

      But one more day off means one more day of shopping, can boost consumer spending.

      Edited by Dalforce 1941 28 Feb `12, 11:22PM
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    TehJarVu's Avatar
    104,579 posts since Dec '03
  • Itedino's Avatar
    1,512 posts since Jun '08
    • He only care for his GDP. HOlidy ERP off. Cannot make money. Thaman u go eat shit. already work till 62 like cow. Now holiday also dun want to give. What competition. US also relax. China National day 1 week> CNY 2 weeks. So u mean they lag behind.

      Make no sense. What kind of logic is that????

  • ditzy's Avatar
    67,287 posts since Dec '03
  • Stayhome's Avatar
    5 posts since Feb '12
    • 11 holidays are enough.1 more holiday will result in no handphone to use as holidays are soaking handphones days.Go figure.

  • Dalforce 1941's Avatar
    2,186 posts since Dec '11
    • China has 7 legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.

      At the festivals, all Chinese people will be on vacation. The table below provides detailed information of 2012 / 2013 public holidays. Hope it can help you make a good plan of your China tour...

      Besides the 7 legal festivals on which all people can enjoy days off, Chinese people celebrate four other festivals on which some people have a half day off - Women's Day, Youth Day, Children's Day and Army Day. Many other festivals and anniversaries are celebrated even without days off, such as Arbor Day and Teachers' Day.

      Among all the Chinese holidays, there are two 'Golden Weeks' - Spring Festival Week and National Day Week. Both of the two holidays last for three days but by combining two weekends with them, people benefit from seven consecutive days off.

      During these two weeks, most people go out and enjoy themselves in a great variety of ways with a resultant boost to the economy, hence the nickname 'Golden Week'. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets will definitely be in great demand then.

      http://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/public-holiday.htm

       

      I think Singapore should also have "golden week".

      Edited by Dalforce 1941 29 Feb `12, 4:38PM
    • He explained that there are currently 11 public holidays in Singapore.

      I think some of the public holidays in Singapore should be struck off. We must see which days should be public holiday and which shouldn't be public holiday.

       

      The days were chosen in consultation with the major religious groups and "represent a careful balancing of the interests amongst the various groups in our society".

      Are the holidays balanced or not in the first place?

      Some groups have one day, others have two. Why is that so? I think there is too much emphasis on certain holidays. 

       

       New Year's Day   New Year's Day
      Sunday*
      1 January 2012 Chinese New Year   Chinese New Year
      Monday
      23 January 2012
      Tuesday
      24 January 2012 Good Friday   Good Friday
      Friday
      6 April 2012 dot line Labour Day  

      Labour Day
      Tuesday
      1 May 2012

      Vesak Day  

      Vesak Day 
      Saturday
      5 May 2012

      National Day  

      National Day
      Thursday
      9 August 2012

      dot line Hari Raya Puasa  

      Hari Raya Puasa
      Sunday*
      19 August 2012

      Hari Raya Haji  

      Hari Raya Haji 
      Friday
      26 October 2012

      Deepavali  

      Deepavali 
      Tuesday
      13 November 2012**

      dot line Christmas Day  

      Christmas Day
      Tuesday
      25 December 2012

       

      http://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/employment-rights-conditions/leave-and-holiday/Pages/PublicHolidays2012.aspx

      Edited by Dalforce 1941 29 Feb `12, 4:46PM
  • Clivebenss's Avatar
    19,831 posts since Feb '10
  • sbst275's Avatar
    113,434 posts since Jun '04
    • so many holidays for what...

      Even M'sia, not all states gazette it as a PH

      like this our labour day 1 week holiday period liao icon_lol.gif

      Edited by sbst275 29 Feb `12, 4:45PM
  • Dalforce 1941's Avatar
    2,186 posts since Dec '11
    • Muslims two days, Buddhists one day, christians two days, Hindus one day. 

       

      Religion in Singapore[1]
         
        Buddhism

        

      33.3%

       

      Christianity

        

      18.3%

       

      No religion

        

      17.0%

       

      Islam

        

      14.7%

       

      Taoism

        

      10.9%

       

      Hinduism

        

      5.1%

       

      Others

        

      0.7%

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Singapore

      Edited by Dalforce 1941 29 Feb `12, 4:53PM
  • charlize's Avatar
    28,999 posts since Mar '05
    • During public holidays, people can go shopping more, families can spend more quality time together with their kids, people can socialize with each other more, can have more R&R time with friends.

       

      Clearly, all these are undesirable because we need to grow GDP at all costs. icon_lol.gif

       

       

       

       

       

       

  • Clivebenss's Avatar
    19,831 posts since Feb '10
  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • Should add one more, like the President's Birthday.

      Everyone sure happy one. Even those who did not vote for him.

  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • Make sure ah.  As long as you all one day get married. Even to different people doesn't matter.

  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
  • Emoslacker's Avatar
    181 posts since Dec '08
    • For china CNY holiday is 2weeks for taiwan is 1week... Why can't we have it? why adding 1 more day as a holiday is so hard...

  • gunner77's Avatar
    40,634 posts since Apr '06
    • Originally posted by Emoslacker:

      For china CNY holiday is 2weeks for taiwan is 1week... Why can't we have it? why adding 1 more day as a holiday is so hard...


      Because you are not in china or taiwan.

      Suck it up.

       

  • Clivebenss's Avatar
    19,831 posts since Feb '10
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