SINGAPORE, 28 July 2012 - 140 golfers will vie for the inaugural Integration Cup to be held on Monday, 30 July, to help bring together the expatriate Indian and Singaporean communities. Organised jointly by tabla! and Tamil Murasu, two newspapers published by Singapore Press Holdings, the event will be followed by an "Integration Night" dinner for 400 members of the community, with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam as guest of honour.
Integration Cup 2012 will be held at the Singapore Island Country Club's New Course. With UBS as presenting sponsor, it is aimed at providing a platform for new arrivals, PRs and new citizens to interact with Singaporeans and build friendships. Also attending the dinner are former President S R Nathan and Mrs Nathan, and Minister K Shanmugam and Mrs Shanmugam.
The golf tournament will be followed by an Integration Night programme attended by both the golfers and their spouses, along with invited guests. The entertainment for the evening features a fusion fashion show by local designer Rashmi Gogna. Among the entertainers for the evening are: Chinese Singaporean siblings Krsna and Govin Tan who will display their talent on the tabla and sitar, accompanied by their cousins on the guzheng and violin; Malay youngster and former ChildAid star Amni Musfirah Abdul Rashid; and the energetic Tablamaniam who will accompany a captivating Singaporean belly dancer.
Mr S. Chandra Das, chairman of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which also publishes tabla!, said: "The Integration Cup 2012 is part of our initative to engage our readers on a new platform and, in the process, help integrate the Indian expat community."
Mr Das, who donated the challenge trophy, added: "In the coming months we also hope to continue our integration efforts during community festivals such as Deepavali."
Said Mr Patrick Daniel, director of Tamil Murasu Ltd and editor-in-chief of SPH's English and Malay newspapers division: "We're delighted with the response we got - full house for both the golf and dinner. We intend to make this an annual event, to be held every July 30th. We are also grateful to the corporate sponsors for their generous support."
The golf tournament, co-organised by Golf Digest, garnered tremendous support from many corporates, including Royal Sporting House, Audi, Modern Montessori International, MES and the Park Hotel Group.
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tabla! was launched on Oct 10, 2008 by Tamil Murasu Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. It is published every Friday. There are 30,000 copies printed and they are distributed free at all 7-Eleven outlets, as well as Indian schools, banks, business parks and selected condominiums. tabla! is also delivered to homes for $2 a month. tabla! is read by over 120,000 people every week and it marked its third anniversary last October with the launch of the tabla! Community Champion Award.
About Tamil Murasu
Tamil Murasu was founded in 1935 by the late G Sarangapany. In 1996, SPH acquired Tamil Murasu with Times Publishing owning a minority stake, and in March 2004, the daily became wholly-owned by SPH. To broaden its reach, Tamil Murasu underwent two major revamps – one in 1999 and another in 2005, to beef up its coverage of local and foreign news, as well as sports and entertainment. With an average daily circulation of 18,000 copies on weekdays and 26,000 on weekends, Tamil Murasu now gives readers a daily dose of "something for everyone".
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