Commentary: Wouldn't It Be Nice to Have More Public Holidays?
This was a commentary by USP alum Dr Sin Harng Luh (Geography + USP, Class of 2004), currently an Assistant Professor at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Department of Geography. She highlighted the recent Golden Week in China and extra public holiday in South Korea. She opined that both are probably driven with the aspiration to make people spend, rather than rest. The overwhelming numbers of people who travel back home or elsewhere during the Golden Weeks in China, have long been regarded to be a problem of instituting such long breaks. Asst Prof Sin added that perhaps the paid-leave system that spreads out vacations and time off work is not so bad after all when one compares this to the Golden Week – as long as employees are allowed to go on leave, and not have to take their work along on holiday.