Even before banks opened on Thursday morning (Aug 20), long lines formed outside bank branches as Singaporeans queued to get their hands on the new SG50 commemorative notes, released to mark Singapore's Golden Jubilee. However, the launch of the notes have been marred by typos on the packaging of the commemorative note set.
The name of Singapore's first President Yusof Ishak was misspelled as "Yusok Ishak" on a foldout portion of the packaging as well as in an enclosed booklet. There were no spelling errors on the commemorative notes, said a report on Channelnewsasia.com.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has apologised for the spelling error and is printing stickers that will be stuck over the misspelt part on the folders from next Tuesday. Those who have purchased the notes can also collect the stickers then.
In a statement, MAS managing director Ravi Menon said: “This should never have happened, is not acceptable, and I take full responsibility. I apologise on behalf of my colleagues who worked hard to prepare the notes and folders, but are deeply disappointed that we made this most unfortunate mistake. We will put this right.”
The commemorative notes, which were issued by MAS, were designed by four local artists and designers. A set of six commemorative notes comprises a S$50 polymer note and five S$10 polymer notes with various designs.
Singaporeans are given priority to exchange the notes from Aug 20 to Sept 30. The notes will be available to non-Singaporeans from Oct 1.
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