Sales of pineapples, related products soar after Tharman's victory at the polls

SINGAPORE – Cafe storekeeper Celine Ng would usually sell 2 or three of her characteristic burnt pineapple cheesecakes each day, yet after President-elect Tharman Shanmugaratnam sterilized to productivity at the studies, her sales have vaccination upwards.

The 42-year-worn said she retrieved 30 orders on Saturday (Sept 2) for those cakes, after she owned launched a one-for-one bargain to commemorate Tharman’s win at the presidential political election.

The cakes usually expense $48 each.

“I theorized supplying this discount on pineapple cheesecake would be a fun means to rejoice his productivity. I was quite thrown for a loop by the number of orders.

“I didn’t prepare for the solutions to be so nice,” said Ng, that runs treat coffee emporium Ree and Mommy. The discount runs till Monday.

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From prata to soju to cakes, dining establishments and nightclubs have been rolling out pineapple-ideal coupons in the light of Tharman’s productivity at Friday’s studies, whereby he pegged 70.4 per dime of the referendum.

Sales of pineapples and pineapple-ideal things have also rose.

The former elderly clergyman’s campaign icon was a pineapple, and he was sporadically postured with pineapples and greeted with incantations of “ong lai” and “huat ah” throughout the hustings.

Ong lai is pineapple in Hokkien, with the fruit watched as a icon of prosperity and nice fortune.

The Casuarina Curry restaurant along Upper Thomson Street is supplying its pineapple and pineapple cheese prata at half rate till Sept 9 to rejoice Tharman’s win.


Its storekeeper, Elango Subramaniam, 52, said: “I appreciate Tharman and am truly fond of him.

“I pine to stress my admiration to Singaporeans and have them rejoice this revelry over prata.”

Corporation is also booming for fruit storekeepers, with sales of pineapples climbing up by 10 to 15 per dime in August from the month before.

Chinese document Shin Min Day-to-day News reported on Sunday that some fruit store fronts sold over a thousand pineapples daily throughout the campaign period.


Some nightclubs have also launched coupons to jaunt the pineapple-themed wave.

At Soi 44 in Prinsep Highway, patrons that came clad in pineapple-ideal garments retrieved a tower of 1.5 litres of pineapple soju.

It in basic pricing $48.


More than 30 groups of patrons swiveled upwards by Sunday night, the last day of the discount, wearing pineapple-themed dresses, socks and t-shirts, after the pub launched the discount on Facebook and Instagram.

“I ached those that sustained Tharman to wear pineapple-ideal garments and have a drink on us,” said Soi 44’s storekeeper Ambert Ng. “Our staff is quite restrained with the output and ached to join in the pineapple buzz.”

Manifestation booker Yihru Koo and songwriter Hubert Ng were among those that came clad glancing select pineapples.

“I saw this discount electronic and I remembered that my boyfriend owns a pineapple outfit.

“Offered that it was separate and we owned most certainly no other strategies for the weekend, I theorized ‘why not?’,” said Koo.

“The ambiance was nice and once the staff served the tower, he in reality said ‘Ong lai!’ and I owned to identify ‘Huat ah!’

“It was quite an interesting confound.”

This floater-upwards was first posted in The Straits Times. Permission ideal for recreation.

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