Tampines had its first street light-up in Tampines Central 5 yesterday, as part of Hari Raya celebrations in the area.
The light-up coincided with the launch of a Hari Raya Bazaar at the field next to Tampines MRT station, as well as that of Project Ramadan Food Hamper 2015 - a community-led exercise to collect food donations for the needy.
Tampines GRC MPs Heng Swee Keat, Masagos Zulkifli, Irene Ng and Baey Yam Keng signed pledge forms to donate essential items.
They were joined by the second adviser to grassroots organisations in Tampines East, Mr Desmond Choo, and Tampines East's Citizen Consultative Committee vice-chairman Cheng Li Hui.
Speaking in Malay after he activated the street light-up last night, Mr Heng, who is also Minister for Education, urged those present to pray for the victims of the recent Sabah earthquake.
"Let us pray that they rest in peace, and that their families persevere and receive support from relatives, neighbours and friends.
"We hope they will live in tranquillity and will be able to live as normal," he said.
He added: "Let us value and be grateful for our lives. Do what is best for ourselves, our families, friends and community. May we continue to bring good to others."
In his English speech later, Mr Heng said: "In good times and in bad, let us keep looking after one another. Share our best and our care. Tampines is our best home, and we will keep growing our very special Tampines spirit."
Visitors to the bazaar yesterday were entertained by Malay singers such as M. Daud Kilau, Aisyah Aziz and Yuzaidania.
There were also booths set up by the embassies of Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Iran to showcase their cultural goods.
And to promote racial harmony and inter-ethnic understanding among residents, there were also standing displays with information about the traditions and customs of the four major races.
This article was first published on June 15, 2015.
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