Spotted! A red turban at Singapore national day parade

Singapore President Halimah Yacob speaks to Commando Harvinder Singh at 2018 National Day parade – Photo grab from Media Corp

A turbanned commando caught the eye of the Singapore president as she walked to inspect the guard of honour during the republic’s National Day parade on 9 Aug 2018.

It was a heart warming sight, especially for the Sikhs, to see President Halimah Yacob speaking to Commando Harvinder Singh spotting a red turban.

Every few years a Sikh or two 1-2 will be found donning the turban in parades like the Guard of Honor, Flag Bearer or in the Parade March/Drive Past.

“And the President will almost always have a Chat with the Sikh in the Guard of Honor,” one Singapore Sikh told Asia Samachar.

Separately, in an in interview with the Straits Times, brothers Jotnoor Singh, 12, and Jasdev Singh, 14, who were among the 25,000 spectators attending the parade spoke about their dreams and hopes for the nation.

“My hope is for Singaporeans to cherish their dreams and have success in working towards their futures,” Jotnoor told the newspaper.

His elder brother Jasdev said: “My wish is less cliched,” he said, laughing. “It is to maintain the multicultural society we have.”



Singapore president at gurdwara centennial celebration (Asia Samachar, 24 June 2018)


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