Every year on the eve of the New Year, we do a countdown with MediaCorp on Orchard Road and sing Auld Lang Syne with the President or the PAP Ministers. And every year nothing changes. Can the celebration be anymore meaningless?
This year, for the first time in Singapore’s history, an opposition party is organising a New Year’s Eve gathering. It’ll be at the Speakers’ Corner. While we want this to be a time of celebration, we also want it to be a moment of reflection of what went on this year and what’s in store the next.
Of course, 2008 cannot pass without remembering the passing away of a friend and loyal servant of this nation, the late Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (JBJ). In the final minutes of the year, it would be appropriate to remember him and everything he has done for Singapore. More importantly, let us stand by his legacy and help make it grow. Speakers will pay tribute to the man and we will organise an “open-mic” for those who wish to remember him.
There will also New Year’s Wish Board where folks will be able to write and post their wishes and resolutions for 2009. We’ll sing freedom songs as well as songs of tribute to JBJ. We’ll do a countdown ourselves to 2009 and usher in the New Year our way. We’re also planning to do a candlelight display with the help of everyone present.
Party members and Friends of SDP will be serving a simple dinner of hot dogs and chips.
There’ll be plenty to do that evening and we hope that you will bring your family and friends to be with people who truly care about this nation and its future. Let us make this a truly memorable and meaningful evening.
So join us at Hong Lim Park start at 6 pm on 31 Dec 2008 all the way into the 2009. Tell everyone!
We’ll be announcing more details in the coming days.
Singapore Democratic Party