Wednesday, August 12, 2009

10:47 PM

NDP came and went

Our nation celebrated its 44th birthday 4 days ago. I know, this post is late. As usual, better late than never.

At 8.22pm, were you taking the pledge? I for sure can say I wasn't. I had a valid reason to. I was busy handling the equipment to ensure nothing went wrong. For any drop in feed to the platform screens would probably mean "extras" for us. But when Mediacorp failed to telecast out part, disappointment showed on our faces and those at the heartlands. Our commanders said it did show, so we had to take their word for it.

We were joking about it later that Mediacorp probably brushed the videos off as prerecorded and hence, chose to focus their camera airtime to the people at the platform, taking the pledge live instead. I can understand their assumption, after all, all the other videos shown on the screens were prerecorded anyway. How to tell the difference?

What does Singapore mean to you? Why am I proud to be a Singaporean? We were "forced" to answer these questions in camp in a manner I rather not and cannot say. It was embarrassing having to force an answer out that didn't quite feel close to my heart. Its easy to say the transport system is good, crime rate is low and the environment is generally peaceful. But all these are rather artificial aspects. When asked to come up with a natural reason, I would be hard-pressed to even name one.

The fireworks and mass performance displays at the Marina platform were no doubt impressive. As to whether these performances can instill or improve the sense of patriotism I already have for Singapore, I wouldn't think so.

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