Sydney — Organizers of Singapore Day explained that it is a pre-registered event for Singaporeans and their families, and admission is by ticket, following complaints by an Australian man that he and his father were turned away from the event in Sydney because they were Caucasian, said a report by The Straits Times.
“Admission is by ticket for purposes of crowd control and catering. These are indicated on our website,” said a spokesman for the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) under the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Singaporeans could bring along a guest who might be non-Singaporean, and also attend with family members who are non-Singaporeans as a family. Singapore Day 2013 was attended by Singaporeans, their family members and friends, of all races.”
Singapore Day, which has been held in other cities such as New York and Shanghai, aims to keep Singaporeans living abroad connected to their home country.
An estimated 6,200 people attended the event on Saturday in Sydney, including Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, according to a Channel NewsAsia report.