During the National Day Rally 2021, people had mixed reactions to a portion during PM Lee’s Chinese speech — sparking a flurry of anger online. While he does explain in his speech that the Government has stayed impartial and that the Chinese community has made sacrifices, there are reasons why you may disagree with him.
Dr Yeo Sow Nam was acquitted of all four charges of molesting a woman after she admitted to lying in court. What did it cost him? S$600,000 in legal fees over the course of his 4-year long battle.
Yet, the accuser still hides behind the veil of anonymity with a gag order protecting her, and the charge of perjury — if she is even charged — is abysmal. Is this really enough?
Is it the way we use Singlish? Is it the way we use words from several languages into a single conversation? Is it the way we pronounce words? Does the way we talk actually define us as Singaporeans?
For all the young Singaporeans out there, you’re probably accustomed to hearing about a certain path of how your life journey is supposed to unfold over the years. However, are our preconceived notions of what the first 25 years or so of our lives are supposed to play out true, or is there more to the modern life path?
If one ever loses track of the date, they would at least know when National Day draws near — it comes with quite a bit of fanfare. Funpacks are given out, songs are played, flags line the streets, National Day Parade preparations begin. We are accustomed to these traditions, but what do they really mean for us? And really, what does patriotism look like today?
The time to belt out tunes in an endless loop to affirm our patriotism is back again! These songs that we recognise in a heartbeat make us feel like we’re home, rallies us to stand up for Singapore, and brings us together as one united people. We ask Ignite’s writers to chime in — what do they see in their favourite National Day theme song?