Eid-al-Fitr عيد الفطر

30 Aug 2011 – Results of the PE in SIN

SIN 7th president has been elected and congratulations to Dr Tony Tan who said that his first task is to unify Singaporeans. Good Luck to him and hopefully he will be true to his words! It was rather confusing in this election as the four candidates last names are all TAN!

Singaporean presidential election, 2011

2005 ← 27 August 2011

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Nominee Tony Tan Tan Cheng Bock
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 744,397 737,128
Percentage 35.19% 34.85%

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Nominee Tan Jee Say Tan Kin Lian
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 529,732 103,931
Percentage 25.04% 4.91%

President before election
Sellapan Ramanathan
Elected President
Tony Tan

A recommended read: Governing Singapore after the PE by Simon Tay who is the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and associate professor at the National University of Singapore. He was previously a Nominated Member of Parliament.


Eid-al-Fitr/عيد الفطر is a public holiday in SIN to mark the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the hours of daylight. So to my muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Puasa and let the eating feasts begin. Will miss all the yummy food, especially Sue, Yulis’s mom’s cooking!

SIN celebrates the Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western most religious days, thus a public holiday today. Am told that HKG has even more public holidays, celebrating more on the Chinese festival days. On this tiny red dot in SIN, one can one find Arab St, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam/Malay Village and Orchard Rd with all brand-name glitz. Quite multicultural especially where food is concerned!

Boutique multiculturalism accepts differences in dress, food, or worship. But the moment the sacred values of a particular ethnic or religious community become public, the toleration ends – Alvin Dueck and Kevin Reimber 

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