Spring Reception 2017
SFCCA, Business China and SCCC celebrated the Year of the Rooster with Minister K Shanmugam
On 30 January, the third day of the Lunar New Year, more than 800 distinguished guests ushered in the Year of the Rooster with Guest-of-Honour Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, at the annual Spring Reception which was held at the new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre building for the first time.
Jointly organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), Business China and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), the Spring Reception also had the honour of Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister Ng Chee Meng and Minister Ong Ye Kung, who are all Business China Board of Advisers; as well as foreign diplomats and other dignitaries, including Senior Minister of State Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon, Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Mr Stanley Loh, Parliamentary Secretary Ms Low Yen Ling, and Parliamentary Secretary Mr Baey Yam Keng, joining in the festivities.
In his speech, Minister K Shanmugam emphasised that Singapore’s strength is derived from its individual cultures – Chinese, Malay and Indian – and that these cultures are mutually inclusive. He also added that the Chinese community in Singapore has strongly supported that overarching Singaporean approach while promoting and developing its own culture.
In light of the pressures around the world such as cross cultural influences, Minister Shanmugam said: “To have the courage and conviction, you need to be strongly rooted, and rooting comes from culture. (If) we forget that, I think Singapore will not be Singapore, and we will be buffeted and turned over at the first big wave.”
Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, highlighted the importance of learning, reading, researching, discussing and sharing in today's context. On this note, Business China will continue to focus on sharing experience and knowledge about China’s social-economic landscape with Singaporeans, with the objective to nurture more talents who are both ’Singapore- and China-savvy’.
As Business China celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Mr Lee thanked the Chinese business community for their continued support and looked forward to forging more collaborations in the New Year.
President of SFCCA cum Chairman of SCCC, Mr Chua Thian Poh, mentioned that the brand new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre signifies a new beginning and provides new inspirations to promote and grow the local Chinese culture.
The SCCC is a landmark project initiated by the SFCCA, establishing a new milestone in the promotion and development of the Chinese culture in today’s world. Mr Chua added: “We must embrace new thinking and interpretation of our Chinese culture and values in order for us to remain relevant in this new day and age.”
The Spring Reception also observed the tradition of exchanging well-wishes to signify unity, solidarity and harmony. Music and dance performances by National University of Singapore’s Chinese Dance Group and multi-ethnic performing group yIN Harmony further added to the festive mood.
The Spring Reception is an annual event for Chinese community leaders in Singapore to gather and exchange well-wishes and aspirations in the New Year. It acts as a platform for SFCCA, Business China and SCCC to promote Chinese values, language and cultural appreciation.