My point: Hold special Singapore day

A section of the crowd watching performers at last year's Singapore Day event, which was held in Sydney. The annual event, organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit under the Prime Minister's Office, aims to keep citizens overseas emotionally connected to Singapore.

The success of the annual Singapore Day clearly shows that overseas Singaporeans retain a strong sense of belonging to their country despite being far away from home ("Singapore Day to be held in London next month"; last Wednesday).

It would be good for the event to be held on the same day in major cities where many Singaporeans live, but this is not feasible due to various constraints.

However, it would be fitting to hold next year's Singapore Day on National Day, to coincide with our nation's 50th birthday.

The two-in-one celebration could be a rare occasion of pomp and ceremony for our countrymen overseas.

Perhaps the Overseas Singaporean Unit can hold exhibitions that showcase photos taken by Singaporeans from all walks of life, depicting changes in the country over the past 50 years.

It is important that we remember our beginnings as we progress as a nation and that every Singaporean matters, regardless of where he or she is.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

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