Issue 112

Issue 112 Aug 2019 - Oct 2019 MCI(P)051/03/2019

Happy 54th Birthday, Singapore!

Deepavali Happy

A P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E G R A S S R O O T S ’ C L U B

Club Directory

GENERAL FACILITIES Concierge / General Enquiries Multi-Purpose Hall / Banquet Hall / Auditorium / Dance Studio / Meeting Rooms / Atrium

Chairman's Message Mr Ho Chin Thiam, PBM Contents

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Editor's Message


Club Events

Ms Ng Liza

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Welcome NewMembers


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The Singapore Bicentennial



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10 Things About Deepavali


Member Room

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TGC Annual General Meeting 2019


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ISSUE 112 (AUG 2019 – OCT 2019)

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Tender Committee

Dear Members, Greeting fromGrassroots’ Club’s Tender Committee!

As Chairman of the Tender Committee, it is our duties and responsibilities to ensure all tenders are carried out strictly in accordance with our Club’s financial procedures.

Our 3 key principles in calling tenders are:

1.Fair and Open Competition, 2.Transparency, and 3.Value for Money

Tender Committee will try our best to balance the 3 principles to ensure our Club and Members will receive the best deal. We also focus on continuous review and enhancement of Club’s procurement financial procedures as well as evaluation of tender procedures. As we celebrate our National Day this month, we are also celebrating our Singapore Bicentennial which is 200 years of history since the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. Let us together reflect on our past and express gratitude to our pioneers who have contributed to the success of Singapore today. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Management Committee members for their full cooperation and assistance rendered to my Committee.

Mr Ho Chin Thiam, PBM Vice President Chairman, Tender Committee


Chairman Liza Ng

Vice Chairman Chee Yi Long

Member Marie Lim Soo Cheng

Secretariat Seow Hing Hock Ethan Seet

Design & Editorial Words Worth Media


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Greetings to all members and welcome to the latest issue of Grassroots With Passion! We had our 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26 July 2019. After the AGM, members indulged in a delicious 8-course sit down dinner with stage performances and games. Everyone had a great time and friendships were deepened. Turn to page 8 to recap the joyous evening. The Singapore Bicentennial in 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore. Read what this is all about and why we are commemorating it on page 4.

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Deepavali, one of the major cultural festivals in Singapore, falls on 27October this year. To know what Deepavali is about and what goes on during this festival, turn to page 6 to find out more. Take a break from work, let your hair down and recharge at the Live Band Performance happening on the second Friday of every alternate month at The Grassroots’ Club (TGC) Atrium. To all lovers of cinema, TGC is going to have the first movie screening on the first and last Friday of every alternate month. More information can be found in this magazine on page 10. As you know, TGC is constantly reaching out to Grassroots Leaders to meet their social, educational, recreational and development needs. Our Vision is to be the Club of choice for grassroots leaders in Singapore. To increase outreachtomoreGrassrootsLeaders, theMembershipandSocialCommittee has rolled out a Membership Referral Programme for our members! More information can be found in this magazine on page 11. Specially curated for our valued members, turn to page 12 to see the membership discount privileges that are in store for you. Do you know that TGC is now on WhatsApp? Subscribe to TGC WhatsApp to get the latest exclusive news, updates, special deals and discounts at the tips of your fingers! Steps on how to subscribe to TGC WhatsApp can be found on page 10. You can also like us on Facebook to stay up to date. On behalf of The Grassroots’ Club Management Committee and TGC staff, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Deepavali and many good returns! We very much look forward to seeing you at the Club!

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The Singapore

What is the Singapore Bicentennial about? Bicentennial

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore.

But our story did not start in 1819. It started more than 700 years ago in 1299.

The Singapore Bicentennial looks at our journey before and after Raffles. While the arrival of Raffles in 1819 was a key turning point that set us on a new trajectory, there is a lot more to our longer history to discover. 1819 was the year that Stamford Raffles, along with William Farquhar, arrived in Singapore. They established Singapore as a free port with an open city to take advantage of our natural geography along regional and global trade routes. Many came to our shores and built their lives here, including different communities from the Malay Archipelago, Indonesia, China, India, the Middle East and Europe. Many people joined us at different times and contributed to what makes us who we are today.

Throughout the colonial period, we were never governed as part of Malaya. Though we didn’t know it then, the last 200 years made us so different that we had to chart our own path in 1965.

Why are we commemorating it?

The Singapore Bicentennial is not a celebration but a time to reflect on what our past can tell us about ourselves today and help us find our way in the future.

We live inarapidlychangingandtroubledworld, and it isamidst theseuncertainties thatwecommemoratethe Singapore Bicentennial. We encourage all Singaporeans to reflect on the traits of openness, multiculturalism and self-determination that have evolved with us throughout our 700-year history and are now embedded in the Singaporean DNA. They could be the key to facing our challenges today, and charting our future tomorrow.


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Openness–Wehavealwaysbeenopen to trade, people, cultures, technology, and more, and that kept us very much connected to the region and theworld. As people arrived over the centuries to trade, work and live, we thrived and grew. Multiculturalism – We were always made up of different communities who came out of necessity or opportunity. People of many cultures came, shared their traditions and food, which resulted in our diverse, multicultural society today. Self-determination – We have been fought over by regional and global powers. We have also faced many challenges in our history. Yet individuals, communities and, finally, our nation have risen in the spirit of enterprise and self-determination to chart our destiny. “From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience” “From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience” is the centrepiece event of the bicentennial year. A two-part showcase, it takes visitors back in time to witness key moments in Singapore’s 700-year history. Set in the historic Fort Canning Park, The Bicentennial Experience comprises an indoor multimedia, immersive journey called Time Traveller, and an outdoor exploratory trail featuring eight interactive pavilions and installations called Pathfinder. The Bicentennial Experience is open to the public from 1 June to 15 September 2019. Since its opening, visitors have shared glowing reviews of the showcase. Survey findings consistently show over 95 per cent of visitors rating The Bicentennial Experience a positive one, with over 92 per cent indicating that they will recommend it to others. Tickets are free and available for booking online at www. For bookings of groups of more than 12, please write to hello.ticketing@ The showcase runs daily from 9am – 9pm and there are free shuttle buses easily available for improved accessibility. More information is available on thewebsite. The narration in theTime Traveller is in English, with vernacular audio guides available in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil (subject to availability). These three traits have led us to evolve from just a place with a great location to a people with a unique identity.

Author: Singapore Bicentennial Office Photos: Kingsmen Exhibits Pte Ltd


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Deepavali 10 Things about

you always wanted to know

Embrace the festive spirit with this handy guide

Taking place on Sunday, 27 October, this year, Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains (and certain Buddhists) the world over. The festival is marked by, among other things, the lighting of oil lamps, visits to bazaars and the decorating of homes with rangoli (made of coloured rice, flour or sand), which have spiritual significance and are believed to bring good luck. All are welcome to join in the festivities that come withDeepavali, and tomake sure you get the full experience, here are ten things you should know about the religious holiday.

What does “Deepavali” mean?




comes from the Sanskrit “dipavali”, which

means “row of lights”. Indeed, lights feature prominently in this festival – commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights – in the form of the flickering flames of oil lamps (or diya) and in the vibrant lights that adorn homes and busy streets during the festive season.

What is the significance of Deepavali?

Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness – of good over evil. The lighting of diya is symbolic of this victory, with darkness defeated by a light that represents purity, goodness and luck. The specifics of the celebration vary from community to community, with a number of deities venerated, including the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Deepavali is not the Indian New Year’s Day.


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What’s the difference between Deepavali and Diwali?

“Deepavali” is howthe festival is referred tobySouth Indians and “Diwali” is howNorth Indians refer to it. As previously mentioned, there are regional differences when it comes to Deepavali or Diwali festivities, but the overarching theme remains the same – light winning out over darkness.

Why does the date of Deepavali change every year?

Deepavali celebrations take place over five days, beginning onDhanteras, the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha, which falls during the month of Ashwin on the Hindu calendar (typically corresponding with the Gregorian calendar months of September and October). Festivities continue into the month of Kartika. As the main day of Deepavali corresponds with the newmoon during Kartika, the date of the festival will change from year to year.

How is Deepavali celebrated by Singaporeans at home?

Visits to the homes of family members and friends are commonplace, where card games and the exchange of gifts take place. Festive meals are enjoyed, which are well-earned after the spring cleaning that is also associated with Deepavali.

How should I wish my friends who are celebrating?

“Happy Deepavali” is a perfectly fine greeting, but you can also go with “Shubh Deepavali”, which is wishing your friends an auspicious Deepavali.

Where can I go to soak up the atmosphere of Deepavali?

Little India is, of course, the place to be come this time of year. While themain thoroughfare of Serangoon Road will be illuminated by more than a million lights, the festive spirit can be found in every nook and cranny of this neighbourhood. Be sure to pay a visit to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and take the opportunity to stop by the Indian Heritage Centre on Campbell Lane, where five permanent galleries explore the history and contributions of the Indian and South Asian communities in the region.

What are some of the highlights of Deepavali in Singapore?

The light-up ceremony is the first highlight on the calendar, taking place about a month before Deepavali itself. Do also keep a lookout for live performances and other activities taking place in the area. In 2018, the line-up included storytelling sessions, dance performances, culinary workshops and the opportunity to play folk games such as pachisi. The Silver Chariot procession, which takes place twice prior to Deepavali, is also a must-see. During the procession, a chariot carrying an image of the deity Sri Drowpathai Amman is towed from Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown to Little India. This trip between enclaves is a great emblemof Singapore’s cultural diversity, as is the fact that Little India’s famed Tekka Centre has a Hokkien name which translates as “the foot of the bamboo”.

What can I buy at the Deepavali Festival Village?

Spanning Campbell Lane and Hastings Road, the bazaar at the Deepavali Festival Village becomes the epicentre of activity in Little India for more than a month around Deepavali. You can look forward to browsing wares that include oil lamps, saris and kurtas, traditional snacks, jewellery, home décor and much more. Henna artists will also be working their magic at stalls in this space.

Where else is Deepavali celebrated?

Deepavali is celebrated around the world by the South Asian diaspora, but there are several countries where it is a major holiday. In addition to India and Singapore, Fiji, Guyana, Kenya (for Hindus), Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago also observe the occasion.


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Annual General Meeting 2019

The Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 26 July 2019, 7.30pm at TGC Auditorium. Before the event started proper members had fun with the photo and game booths. The meeting scheduled at 7.30pm was adjourned for half an hour, as there were only 173 voting members, which was insufficient to form the required quorum of 250 voting members. While waiting for the quorum, members enjoyed a performance from our Xinyao singers who sang some songs to take members through the interval.


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The meeting started proper at 8.01pmwith 193 voting members.

After the items on the Agenda were swiftly concluded, the key Management Committee members answered some questions from members from the floor. Members asked about the Club’s events, response mechanism to members’ feedback, recreational facilities as well as crowd control measures taken during events with large crowds. After the conclusion of the AGM, members headed down to the Multi-Purpose Hall and enjoyed a 8-course sit-down dinner from Imperial Court. Besides the food, members were also treated with a Fire Dance performance, as well as some stage and table games.

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