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In Honour of Friendship

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As the saying goes, money can separate close friends – what more, strangers? A Bangladeshi migrant worker finds himself mired in debt after his brother, also a migrant worker, committed suicide. He is left shouldering the debt that his brother left behind. A kind stranger steps in to help, but his trust is tested each time as the migrant worker asks for yet another loan. Is he being taken for a ride? Or will their friendship find its footing despite their contrasting backgrounds, and transcend national, racial and religious lines? We’re happy to say that this true story has garnered over 230,000 views online. Why…

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Honouring our Firefighters

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We have many silent heroes around us who keep us safe and sound, and we often take their efforts for granted. Today is International Firefighters Day. It is a fitting occasion to honour our firefighters, who are on duty around the clock to keep our homes and neighbourhoods safe. Watch on to see a day in the life of firefighter Israr, and how Honour Singapore teamed up with The Hidden Good to spring a surprise on him at Tampines Fire Station. Thank you, Firefighters! We honour you for the sacrifices you make to keep our nation safe.

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Honour in Faxing and Udon Eating

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I was recently in a rural part of Japan. Even though it was a rural area, they had all the trappings of modernity in automated house fixtures, Wi-Fi, fax machines, the latest Apple products, etc. I had to urgently fax some documents back to my Singapore office. The manager of the place where I was staying dutifully helped out. He asked why I would not scan the documents and send them back by email, rather than fax them as sometimes faxed documents do not come out clearly.  I said I needed to fax them. We ended up doing both the…

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The Blind Man on a Tokyo Train

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  A Singaporean who just came back from a trip to Japan described what he thought was a remarkable scene. He was taking a train from the airport to Tokyo city centre.  As he was very tired, he quickly settled himself into seat on the train. Just a few moments later, a whole lot of Japanese who had been seated stood up.  He himself did not stand up, as he did not know what the standing up was all about. Along came a blind man into the train. Obviously all the Japanese had stood up to give their seat to…

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Running to Help

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Over years and centuries, the way societies are organised has moved from “Family and Community” to “State and Market”. But somehow as human beings we feel somewhat uncomfortable about this, and we long for the trust and comfort of relationship in family and community.  It is a matter of being at ease. The State may be able to deliver services and financial help, but it cannot deliver heart.  The market may deliver efficiency through competition and effort, but oftentimes it comes at the expense of being uncaring and unfeeling, and sometimes even unthinking. So we have the challenge of how…

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri… Be strong and choose to forgive!

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends…our very best wishes to all as you celebrate the end of Ramadan, the fasting month! Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a time where Muslim families and friends seek forgiveness from each other, visit their ancestors’ graves, say prayers at the mosque, and visit relatives and friends to feast on traditional Malay delicacies. In Singapore and Malaysia, children are also given token sums of money from their parents or elders. The most common greeting used by Muslims in Singapore is “Selamat Hari Raya”. Another greeting is “Maaf Zahir Dan Batin”, which translates loosely…

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Acting Selflessly for One of our Own

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The Straits Times reported today how two doctors from Singapore took the trouble to track Singapore burn victim Megan Loy down in Taiwan to arrange for her to be evacuated back to Singapore to receive treatment at SGH’s Burns Centre, which is the only specialised facility managing major burn injuries in South-east Asia. Megan Loy is fighting to stay alive after she suffered serious burns to up to half her body at a fire disaster at the annual Colour Play Asia festival that was held on the outskirts of Taipei last Saturday night. When asked why they acted so selflessly to…

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