48th National Day Celebration 2013- “Singapore for Singaporeans”



Published on Aug 9, 2013

Gilbert Goh of Transitioning.org organized a Singapore National Day celebration for the first time at Hong Lim Park. The event was held on 9th August from 4 to 7pm.

This 48th National Day celebration at Hong Lim Park is titled — “Singapore for Singaporeans”. Gilbert told TR Emeritus (TRE), “Many people have mistaken the event as a protest which it is not.” “It’s a National Day celebration event where we also want to remember some great Singaporeans who have made a difference in our lives.”

According to Gilbert, many Singaporeans have lost their love for the country. “Hopefully the event can recapture some of the kampong spirit we have back in the old 1980s and renew our love for our country,” said Gilbert.

There will be a number of Singaporeans speaking on wide-ranging topics at the event — “Why I love Singapore”, “How to rekindle the kampong spirit”, “How to be contented in life”, etc. The speakers who will be speaking that day are:

Mr Leong Sze Hian — civil activist and blogger 1:00
Dr Paul Tambyah — doctor 14:30
Ms Jeraldine Phneah — NTU final-year student and 2013 Miss Singapore contestant 28:45
Mr Ravi Philemon — civil activist and blogger 39:30
Ms Han Hui Hui — human rights blogger 56:00
Mr Raymond Yap — operations manager 1:10:50
Ms Vivian Pan — founder of single parent support group 1:19:45
Mr Osman Sulaiman — human resource manager 1:32:30
Dr Ang Yong Guan — psychiatrist 1:50:40
Mr Tan Jee Say — politician 2:24:50

Three persons will also be honoured at the event:

1. One minute silence remembering the late President Ong Teng Cheong 12:25
2. Saluting Mr M Ravi, human rights defence lawyer 27:10
3. Saluting Mr Leslie Chew, cartoonist 54:50

At the end of the event, a Happy Birthday to Singapore song will be sung and a large birthday cake will be cut. The cake will of course be distributed to all Singaporeans at the event. 2:43:00

Finally, the event will close with the saying of the Singapore Pledge and singing of the National Anthem. 3:00:00

(This is a 3 hrs long video, please click on the blue highlight to go to the speaker’s speech you want to listen to. )

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.