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Singapore Curry Protest Heats Up Vote With Facebook Campaign – Businessweek

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Aug. 19 Bloomberg — The four candidates competing to become Singapore’s next president are losing out to an unlikely rival on the campaign trail: curry.

As the contenders vie for the mainly ceremonial role before the Aug. 27 election, more than 57,000 people have pledged their support for a Facebook page urging citizens to cook curry this weekend. The online protest began after the Today newspaper said a Singaporean family was pressured by its migrant Chinese neighbors to stop cooking the dish because of the smell.

The furor generated by the incident reflects increasing voter discontent over immigration in the nation, where 35 percent of the population of 5.1 million people are foreigners. Complaints that a surge in foreign workers is depriving locals of jobs and driving up home prices helped opposition parties achieve record support in the May general election.

“I didn’t expect it to go viral,” said Flor Leow, a Singaporean of mixed ancestry in her 40s who started the “Cook and Share a Pot of Curry” page with friends and plans to make fish and chicken curries on Aug. 21. “We put up the event to say ‘let’s not argue, let’s not quarrel, let’s learn to tolerate, embrace and appreciate our multicultural way of life.’”

via Singapore Curry Protest Heats Up Vote With Facebook Campaign – Businessweek.

Strange Random Curry Quote:

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus.” – Peter Ustinov (English actor and writer, b. 1921)

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