Gosh, it’s already 3rd May. The past five weeks passed so quickly that I can’t even really remember much of what happened.
I came back from my Japan hols in on 22nd March, a day after Mr LKY had passed away. The week that followed was surreal. Thereafter, was busy catching up with work and I even went on a short work trip to Hong Kong two weeks ago. Then the next thing I knew, May Day had come and gone.
So many times over the past few weeks I’d wanted so badly to blog. I’d click open the page on my iPad, but dozed off. Heck, I didn’t even have time to finish sorting out the photos from my Japan trip.
Soon, I hope *fingers crossed*
And surprise, surprise, I’d received a handful of email from readers! All of them who had written to me were reading my blog from before, yea, that old blogspot blog that I’d since locked away. So sweet of them to remember!
And nooooo… I haven’t abandoned this blog! I was just busy.
But there was one comment on MY MAKGEOLLI POST that caused an eye-rolling moment though. I’d replied tonight, so you go read both his comment and my reply. Hope that’d be the last I hear of him.
Now as most of you would probably know by now, I work for the Labour Movement, so Labour Day (May Day) is a big deal to us. Even if the workers don’t go on strikes on May Day, it IS still an important occasion for us.
Click HERE to read the 10 things you probably didn’t know (but should, hehe!) about Singapore’s Labour Movement.
An interesting piece as it explores the more serious issues like how Mr LKY started his political career as an unionist, how his close ties with the workers and unions helped shape his political values and hence, policymaking, to the more light-hearted curiosities like why union members refer to one another as ‘brothers‘ and ‘sisters‘.
Hehe, even PM Lee was referred to as a ‘Brother‘!
Talking about May Day, I really really really love this series of #MaysofMayDay done up by COMMUNITY.
I’ve no idea who’s behind this Instagram profile, since there’s just a Youtube channel on its bio. The Youtube channel also gave nothing away about who they are, what they do.
And this one’s my absolute fave! Not that the glass ceiling situation is THAT bad here, but I love the construct of the image and the copy’s just brilliant!
Oh, did I mention I’ve a long-incurable love affair with shoes? Hee!
Anyway, back to Labour Movement and May Day.
What usually happens on May Day for Singapore’s Labour Movement is that we will have a May Day Rally in the morning of 1st Day, where the Prime Minister will be guest-of-honor. This is to reflect the symbiotic relationship of the ruling party (PAP) and NTUC.
Since it’s SG50 this year, the May Day Rally’s done on a much bigger scale. The Star Vista saw a superb turnout of some 5,000 union peeps and guests on Friday morning!
Quite an amazing sight!
It’s also my first May Day Rally, so I also didn’t know what to expect. I was initially bewildered why all the attendees were supposed to wear the NTUC polo tees, which come in a variety of colours.
But on Friday morning, seated in the hall, I knew why. It was to create a sense of unity and togetherness.
And more importantly, we’re all for one, regardless of what industries we’re in, what jobs we do, what collars we are, on this day, all of us workers come together as one, to celebrate the special meaning May Day has for us.
PM Lee and his wife, Ho Ching, DPMs Tharman and Teo Chee Hean, as well as the other ministers and MPs like Mr Goh Chok Tong, and Mr Tan Chuan Jin all attended the Rally in the NTUC polo tees. Nice!
PM Lee and our outgoing labour chief were both wearing red.
Bwahwahwah, me tooooo!
But more importantly were the messages. SG Lim took time to highlight the contribution of ordinary workers in various industries over the pas 50 years to make an extraordinary nation out of Singapore. He thanked them for their hard work towards nation-building.
SG Lim also stressed on the need for the Singaporean workforce to continue to upgrade so that we can continue to face up to future challenges. I think he’s right; we have nothing, no natural resources except for our people. If without skills, we can only compete on price. I shudder to think of the day if we all become cheap labour. So in order to attract investments and all that jazz, we’d better buck up and be sure that today we start learning tomorrow’s skills, so that we’ll be FutureReady.
Be it to up-skill, re-skill or second-skill, we’d better get ourselves some skills that would be relevant to the future.
The third thing that SG Lim touched on was on tripartism, and how it is critical that we keep the well-oiled engine going. For the future will not be easier, so we cannot let our guard down. All three partners have to work well together, in fact, they should work even more closely together as there will be more challenges in the future.
You can read more HERE.
As for PM Lee, he spent some time talking about his father and how his political beginnings were with the unions. PM Lee reminded us that it’s our first May Day without Mr Lee.
As PM Lee was talking about his father’s work with the unions, he became emotional at one point and had to hold back tears. We could all hear how his voice became shaky and he had to stop himself so that he would not break down. It was so heartbreaking to watch, and oh my…. all sorts of feels…
Like SG, PM Lee reiterated on the relevance and importance of TRIPARTISM.
He also renewed the ruling party’s commitment that they would always have the workers’ interests at heart, and they would always be a supportive partner to the Labour Movement of Singapore.
What about PM Lee’s messages?
Other than stressing on the need to carry on Mr LKY’s legacy of partnering NTUC to support the Labour Movement to improve the workers’ life, he also spent time to share his worry about leadership renewal.
Hehe, this led to MAJORRRR speculation that the general election should be coming. In fact, some people even went so far as to call PM Lee’s rally speech the first election speech!
Hee, news site, Mothership, so excited they’d published an article on 8 ‘ELECTION IS COMING’ QUOTES FROM PM DURING THE RALLY.
Ex-ST journalist and now an online writer with a rather impressive and vocal following, Bertha Henson also shared HER TAKE ON PM LEE’s RALLY SPEECH. Interesting read, so go read!
Omona! It’s already 5AM! I’d better go sleeeeeep! I’d just leave you with the May Day video that NIGHT OWL CINEMATICS had produced to thank the workers for their contribution to the nation through the years.
Image Credits: vulcanpost.com