Two Singaporeans Buy Stuff From Sungei Market, Dedicate Them To Politicians Who Allowed Sungei Market To Close

Clearly, the closure of Sungei Road Thieves Market has affected people in different ways. The elderly obviously have some strong feelings about the place, especially those whose livelihoods depend on the market and treat it as an icon. However, they might not have the impetus to actually express their feelings – it remains the burden of the young to remember the market and actually do something about it.

And two young Singaporeans have thought up of the perfect way to encapsulate their unhappiness, via the magic of the internet and just pure saltiness.

Entitled “Funeral In 25 Objects“, the project is the brainchild of Ng Xi Jie, 28, and Michelle Tan, 29.

They’ve come up with 25 gifts for 25 Singaporean politicians, one for each member of the Cabinet, and the other 3 MPs of Jalan Besar GRC. To make things even more poetic, the items have all been purchased from Sungei Market, and are inspired by something they have each said or done.

Each politician even gets a personalized haiku, based on the item.

Let’s take a look at the objects.

The 25 objects

Of course, you would expect some snark from such a project. And the snark is perhaps best encapsulated in Chan Chun Sing’s gift — a pillowcase in floral print.

Which is inspired by that time he appeared to have fallen asleep at a parliament session.


Or, maybe you prefer something that has a little more relevance to Sungei Market?

Check out Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli’s gift of scotch tape and double-sided tape, in reference to NEA workers putting up of barricades at the market on its day of closure.


However, the most savage gift belongs to Lawrence Wong, which is just a couple of plastic bags.


All because he once said that local art should reflect our identity as South East Asians and Singaporeans, which can be interpreted as we should remain tethered to where we are from, and not drift through the wind, like Katy Perry’s plastic bag.


A costly reminder

In true Singaporean fashion, we absolutely have to know how much everything costs. Thankfully, the duo has their accounts in order, and duly report their spending on the site.

The most expensive gift? Khaw Boon Wan’s Humpty Dumpty piggy bank, at $15.

We reckon the visual similarity is pretty on point.


In memory of Sungei Market

Beneath the veneer of cheap jokes and paggro, there was clearly some thought put into this. Each item was carefully sourced, each haiku thoughtfully worded, and even each reference to the politician purposefully selected. While these politicians were selected due to their (in)action in the demolition of the market, perhaps there’s a lesson for all of us to be learnt here, about the purpose of things, and how they could change with context.

But we have to ask, will the politicians actually receive their gifts?

Check out Funeral In 25 Objects here.

Featured image from Funeral In 25 Objects