19 Aug '11, 9am

Singapore curry protest heats up vote with Facebook campaign

SINGAPORE - 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 this 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 per cent 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 ...

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