Rice dumplings damper for Singaporeans

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Jun 2005

WHILE Malaysians enjoy rice dumplings tomorrow to celebrate the duan wu jie (also known as Dragon Boat Festival), Singaporeans may have to make do without Malaysian-made dumplings due to its strict customs regulations. 

According to Sin Chew Daily, Singaporeans usually crowded dumpling joints in Johor but its Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has recently warned its citizens and those entering the republic to not return with any food containing cooked meat – and this include dumplings. 

Based on the authority's regulations, it is against the law to bring any food containing cooked meat into Singapore, whether it is for personal consumption or commercial use. 

Meanwhile, in response to a tiff between a primary school board chairman and headmaster at a fund-raising dinner, Nanyang Siang Pau, in a commentary, pointed out that the conduct of the two men was against traditional Chinese teachings. 

The writer said that if one erred, one should admit one's wrong and shoulder the responsibility as well as change for the better. 

However, the chairman who splashed a glass of liquor on the headmaster claimed his act was a reaction to an earlier squabble, adding that he would not apologise unless the headmaster admitted his mistake. 

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim said there was no need for the headmaster to leave the school as it was not easy to recruit a good headmaster. 

“He (the headmaster) asked me to transfer him and I have advised him to not do so because he has done nothing wrong. He does not have to leave,” he said.  

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