SINGAPORE: A Singaporean parliamentarian urged the Indian business community here to play an important role in building a cohesive cosmopolitan global society. Vikram Nair called on the Indian community to do more to gain a deep understanding of the global multinational community, Singapore being one example.
He noted the engagement of the Indian business community at the 56th National Day Celebration Ceremony held online Friday by the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI).
Nair said: “The theme this year for our National Day celebrations is ‘Together, Our Singapore Spirit’, which really reflects today’s participation as we have members from various Indian organizations and the House gathered here today to celebrate the nation’s 56th birthday. “
SICCI and other organizations have raised SGD 1 million for the Indian Covid Relief Fund, which has been turned over to the Singapore Red Cross Society to purchase medical equipment and supplies for humanitarian crises in India. “SICCI is known for giving back to society,” he added.
The Indian business community has contributed to technical education through a scholarship fund since 1969 and has raised funds for women entrepreneurs in need as a result of COVID-19 as well as the Childhood Cancer Foundation .
SICCI President Dr T Chandroo assured: “SICCI is committed to helping Singapore companies reach greater heights and go international. As we celebrate our 56th National Day, the Chamber will continue to improve its efforts to serve the business community with diligence and dedication.
“Improvement is a never-ending journey, just as the work of nation-building can never be considered finished. We thank our leaders and all Singaporeans who have made Singapore what it is today. SICCI hopes to work with other Indian organizations in Singapore to help build socio-economic equity in the community and society in general, ”he added.
Sree Narayana Mission CEO S Devendran added, “August 9 is a day to remind us of the foundation upon which Singapore’s history is written, regardless of race, language or religion. It is our national treasure – our racial and religious harmony. tolerance. This is what makes us the envy of the world and it is with this that we will write the next chapters in the history of Singapore.
The Defense Ministry said the ceremonial national day parade will take place on Monday with around 600 participants from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the local team on site. This in view of the security measures related to COVID-19.
About 200 other participants from nine uniformed youth groups and 12 social and economic organizations will also virtually participate in the parade, the ministry said on Saturday. This year’s National Day Parade (NPD) has been postponed to August 21, after the scheduled end of Phase 2 (heightened alert), with the ceremonial parade taking place on National Day itself.
In accordance with COVID-19 security management measures, the size of the contingents for the ceremonial parade will be reduced compared to previous parades and participants will practice a safe distance, MINDEF said in a press release.
To ensure that safe management measures can be applied, the number of participants forming the physical parade has been reduced by 70% compared to previous parades.