Throughout Singapore’s history, not once has National Day celebrations moved from its 9 August date. It was unthinkable not to celebrate our nation’s independence day. What was once unthinkable is now reality.
Acknowledging the public pressure and also due to the rising Covid-19 numbers, the government’s announced that National Day celebrations for 2021 have been moved to a couple of weeks later, to August 21.
Predictably, Netizens have a ton to say about it.
First and foremost, a couple of jokers asked why not the government just move the celebrations to August 31?
If it’s not evident from reading the comments, that’s the date of Malaysia’s National Day or Hari Merdeka. I doubt our neighbours would be pleased about that though considering we broke off from them in the past.
With the recent petition to cancel National Day gaining steam online in the past few days before the announcement, many see this as the government acknowledging the will of the people.
Overwhelming, the response from Netizens have been positive. Pretty much everybody sees it as a good thing, though their reasons for thinking that way differ. Some though, want the celebrations cancelled outright, as they view it as being frivolous and pointless during this pandemic.
Whatever their reasons may be, there are those that push against this line of thinking. They view the National Day celebrations as an essential morale booster that Singapore is desperately needing.
However, compared to the massive number of people against, those for having the celebrations, are very insignificant.
It’s not hard to see why Singaporeans are against having the National Day celebrations for the year. Covid-19 numbers are steadily rising, with tons of cases expected in the next few days and weeks.
That alone is alarming but there is also the sense that the National Day expenditures can be better used elsewhere.
It’s hard to disagree with this view.
Millions of dollars (National Day 2019 was an estimated SG$24.7 million) of taxpayer money are used to hold the various celebrations. In this pandemic, many view that money can be used to help the needed and as handouts for struggling businesses.
Some also argue against the government planning only to allow frontliners to attend…but not for the reason you’d think.
They’re not jealous at all.
In fact, they’re thinking the frontliners might want something other than being given the dubious honor of attending a mass celebration in this pandemic.
If I was a frontliner, I’d be thinking the same way too! I’m sure most (if not all of them) would appreciate more rest days to spend with their loved ones in the comfort of their homes than coming out and celebrating with random strangers who may or may not be unwitting carriers of Covid-19.
Speaking on carriers of Covid-19, Netizens want a certain segment of the population to take front and center at any parade we do hold.
Can you guess who?
Yep, it’s the people who screwed us all.
I for one would love to see this, if only to watch these people being humiliated on live TV for their part in spreading Covid-19.