Singapore's 50th birthday: Have a say in how nation celebrates

Singapore's 50th birthday: Have a say in how nation celebrates
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat chairs the steering committee.

SINGAPORE - The steering committee that will plan Singapore's 50th birthday bash, chaired by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, will include other ministers, representatives from the public and private sectors, and showbiz celebrities like music producer Iskandar Ismail and film director Royston Tan.

It will let Singaporeans have a role in planning and organising activities for the celebration.

"As Singapore turns 50, it will be timely to reflect on who we are and how far we have come as a people", Mr Heng said on Monday. "We want every Singaporean to be able to connect through their personal stories with the broader Singapore story, and be a part of the anniversary celebrations.

"We envisage the 2015 calendar to be filled with many ground-up efforts by Singaporeans to mark this important milestone in our history."

The steering committee will be supported by five committees - Education and Youth, Culture and Community, Economic and International, Environment and Infrastructure, and Partnership.

Their task is to engage partners in their respective sectors, to establish programmes that will encourage active community participation and involvement in the activities leading to 2015.

The other ministers involved are Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin and Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah.

Other members include Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, Rodyk & Davidson managing partner Philip Jeyaretnam, Hyflux CEO Olivia Lum, 77th Street founder Elim Chew, Singapore National Olympic Council vice-president Annabel Pennefather and research scientist Yeo Sze Ling.

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