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NDP 2015 theme song music video disrespects Lee Kuan Yew by only featuring microsecond footage of him

NDP 2015 theme song music video disrespects Lee Kuan Yew by only featuring microsecond footage of him

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Singaporeans demand more archival footage of founding father to be included.


Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to pay respects to elders said they are deeply disappointed with the National Day Parade 2015 theme song by Dick Lee, titled Our Singapore.

This after the music video for the song only featured a microsecond footage of Lee Kuan Yew (above picture).

One Singaporean, Mei Li Mao, said the failure to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew throughout the music video is equivalent to undermining the leader’s contribution to Singapore: “This is an affront to the hard work Lee Kuan Yew has put in to make Singapore what it is today.”

“If Lee Kuan Yew did not build up Singapore economically, will Dick Lee even be able to write a song about it?”

“I urge the authorities to change the music video by substituting all footage to Lee Kuan Yew’s footage only.”

However, other Singaporeans felt that this move still does not go far enough.

Another Singaporean, Hen Xing Shang, said: “To change all the footage to moving images of Lee Kuan Yew is only paying lip service.”

“What the NDP committee needs to do right now is to change all the lyrics to the song to ‘Lee Kuan Yew’ so that Singaporeans will not sing any other words to distract their mind.”

“Or else, we cannot focus on Lee Kuan Yew only.”


You can catch Lee Kuan Yew for only a split second at the 40 second mark, so don’t sneeze:


Other reasons to be upset:

S’poreans upset Dick Lee’s 2015 NDP song ‘Our Singapore’ sounds nothing like 1998’s ‘Home’










S’poreans upset Dick Lee’s 2015 NDP song ‘Our Singapore’ sounds nothing like 1998’s ‘Home’

S’poreans upset Dick Lee’s 2015 NDP song ‘Our Singapore’ sounds nothing like 1998’s ‘Home’

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The composer should push his creativity by coming up with something similar but different.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know that this is home, truly, where they know they must be, said they are upset and disappointed with Dick Lee’s latest effort at composing the 2015 national day theme song called Our Singapore.

This after Singaporeans said this new song sounds nothing like the composer’s 1998 classic national day song, Home, which was performed by Kit Chan and sang by millions of Singaporeans since who feel that it is the only national day song worth singing.

One Singaporean, Lai Chiu Kua, said: “This year is SG50 year, and honestly, I was looking forward to a national day song that sounds just like Home. ‘Whenever I am feeling low/ I look around me and I know’, that kind of thing.”

“Sadly, Our Singapore doesn’t quite sound like that. It is more of an ACS song with its ‘The Best Is Yet To Be’ line.”

“A bit elitist and subliminal, if you ask me.”

Other Singaporeans said they cannot understand why artistes take so much pride in not copying themselves or their previous work and demand to know why they cannot just give the people what they want by writing another song that sounds like Home, but that is still different.

Another Singaporean, Tan Gan Qing, said: “It seems like these artistes have a chip off their shoulder. They need to understand that the average Singaporean doesn’t care about artistic integrity or that kind of thing.”

“All people want is a song that sounds like Home. Just take the same bunch of chords and toss them up a little and get Kit Chan to sing it again.”

“No one will complain it sounds the same, because everyone, honestly, just want to sing Home all the time.”


Watch NDP 2015 Theme Song: Our Singapore (Live Performance by Dick Lee) here, which has so many down votes and has the comment section disabled


Previously, in 2012:

S’poreans applaud new NDP song


4 facts about Singapore’s national songs you didn’t know

4 facts about Singapore’s national songs you didn’t know

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So now you know, what you going to do about it?

Fact #1 Count On Me Singapore was written by a Canadian

Last Saturday, at the Feb. 16 Hong Lim Park protest against the White Paper to open Singapore up to more foreigners, it was reported that the crowd at one point — in their patriotic fervour — sang Count On Me Singapore, which is one of Singapore’s most memorable national songs.

However, did you know that Count On Me Singapore, was actually written in the mid-80s by Hugh Harrison, a Canadian?

He was also commissioned to write other all-time beloved Singapore patriotic songs throughout the 1980s that include: Stand Up For Singapore and We Are Singapore.

Irony of ironies! The people at Hong Lim Park protesting against plans to open Singapore up to foreigners were singing a national song written by a foreigner!

Hugh Harrison with LKY

Hugh Harrison with LKY

Hugh Harrison with Jeremy Monteiro

Hugh Harrison with Jeremy Monteiro

Fact #2 Singapore Town was written by a Christian group in the 1960s


“You could take a little trip around Singapore town…”

Heard of this particular national song? Well, it is Singapore Town and it was written in the 1960s by a Christian group called Sidaislers (pronounced as Side-Aisle-Lers).

Plus, did you know that the 1960s original version had a different lyrics for the last verse compared to the contemporary version we know of?


1960s version: “Because in Singapore, Singapore, you’ll find the answer, for all mankind”

Contemporary version: “Because in Singapore, Singapore, you’ll find happiness, for everyone”

Fact #3 Lyrics to the national Anthem Majulah Singapura was shrunk




Slimmed down version:

Slimmed down version

Slimmed down version

Meaning of Majulah Singapura in English:

Fact #4 The first line of Home, sung by Kit Chan, was frowned upon


Dick Lee is the composer of Home, one of the most recognisable mega-hit of a national song released in 1998.

The committee that approved national songs actually hated the first line of Home:

According to Dick Lee: “There was actually a very strong reaction against the first line, ‘Whenever we are feeling low’. Half of the committee didn’t like that line. Why is it so negative?”

Eventually, the line went through, as the rationale was that Singapore was in a recession in 1998.

All facts stolen from this video.