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National Day Parade is Wasteful

Every year Singapore will put up grand show for National Day celebration with all sorts of stunts and rehearsals, trying to outdo the past NDP.

NDP is mainly organized and coordinated by SAF, usually by a SAF Scholar officer who is slated for promotion.

You may find it weird but yes, promotion of an army officer to general can be based on organizing a big event like NDP which has absolutely nothing to do with military warfare expertise.

It would most probably take more than 6 months for SAF to start planning for NDP.

We send our boys into army, navy, air force etc to learn how to defend our Nation during warfare and it cost our boys 2 years of their life with another 10 more in-camp training disrupting their working life.

But instead, some of our boys wasted their months in army involving organizing NDP instead of focusing on military training.

Lots of money and resources were thrown into organizing this yearly event, with rehearsals starting as early as June up till 9 Aug. Every rehearsal involved huge number of man-hours from PA and SAF.

Do we really need 8 rehearsals spread over 2 months of weekends EVERY YEAR just for NDP?

Big countries like US don’t have such elaborated event for their Independence Day celebration every yea
r.
I find it quite wasteful to repeatedly organize big NDP with numerous rehearsals every year.

I would prefer to have a formal NDP every 5 years or 4 years while in other years, we just have smaller community celebrations or smaller formal flag raising ceremonies with recitation of National Pledge.

We don’t need rehearsal after rehearsal while wasting precious military training time.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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31 Responses to “National Day Parade is Wasteful”

  • myfirstscrew:

    The focus of NDP is foreign born, RC gave most of the tickets to foreigners, PRs and new citizens. This is to promote Singapore and immigration. While locals ballot for years and got nothing, foreigners can get many tickets as they wish from RCs. Attendees also a lot are foreigners and foreign born new citizens and PRs.

    If you look carefully, it even has staged event of a person crying and caught by a camera man, all these are marketing gimmick from PAPPY. We locals do not have much feelings left for this pro FT country.

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  • Schools too:

    The schools participating also spend months rehearsing together with teachers, instructors , resources such as transport, food drinks, etc.

    Such involvement is a whole school approach.

    After that, the school leader also gets rewarded.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    What “parade”?? It’s another American sub-culture pop show. They paid two million or more, for American show consultant to teach us to stage that show. (Yet, they supposed to impress us with that real experience of citizen participants, at one past parade, where they were drenched with stormy rain and yet persisted; (cf that showpiece show, where participants are being showered in a room in order to re-inact that experience)!

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  • Need money lah:

    Hello,NDP feed a lot of people OK.You know how much it costs to do a NDP ?
    Many business depend on it.Also provide many jobs and help the economy.
    Also people can feel proud and forget about their problem for a day.
    How can cancel ?
    Better have bigger NDP every year…

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  • NDP:

    NDP can spend…
    More Help for the poor and elderly to survive ? Need to consider carefully…

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  • Rough Rider:

    Organise NDP is good if you are looking for a career in events organisation. The nicer term is PR (public relations).

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  • No more ownership:

    I have lost the feeling for National Day celebration as more and more I feel that much country I loved has been hijacked and lost to a bunch of self serving Party against the People!

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  • The Million Dollar Political:

    The PAP Administration has never never been able to show, proved the essence of a NDP celebration.

    Has their official mouthpiece and State Controlled Media been able to elicit truthfulness why pple attend NDPs from any surveys or polls done (obviously they DARED NOT to, to do even a proper one haha

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  • John Doe:

    SGpns attending a NDP does not mean or prove their loyalties to SG or EVEN the PAP.

    And the PAP has never never able to offer reinforcements of any belief present in themselves or in millions of citizens that attending a NDP OR MUCH LESS to CELEBRATE Aug 9th means SGpns LOVE and WILL DIE for their country. In the contrary A SUPREME example set by SG very own DEFENCE MINI3HIS NEGLIGENCE OF handling the Armour Vehicles ALLOWING FOREIGN forces A 1st HAND KNOWLEDGE of part of SG DEFENCE SECRETS.

    This Defence Minister WAS NOT PUNISHED.

    And this Defence Minister IS EXPECTED TO GALVANIZE SGpns to DEFEND SG?

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  • A nation betrayed and sold out:

    The people’s silent protests are getting louder.
    For the past few years hdb dwellers arent even displaying the National Flag.
    Says alot!
    Joblessness…homelessness..crime..street fights..road bullies..fires..
    .and more…32 fws lost lives so far this year alone..
    And all the PAPs do is solve it by dumping more n more foreign opportunists into our already packed country..for gov to reap more mil$.. ..
    Sad state of affairs…
    NDP does not celebrate the real SG core…its for the PAPs propaganda antics.

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  • John Doe:

    Need money lah:
    Hello,NDP feed a lot of people OK.You know how much it costs to do a NDP ?
    Many business depend on it.Also provide many jobs and help the economy.
    Also people can feel proud and forget about their problem for a day.
    How can cancel ?
    Better have bigger NDP every year…

    In my brain, the only thought I have of what u mentioned :
    NDP feeds PAP Administration egos every year. And can u tell us how much wasn’t used to feed people’s stomachs.
    In addition, U said NDP feed lots of people. Then why PAP Administration DO NOT HOLD NDPs daily 365 days a year?

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  • ganeshsk:

    “It would most probably take more than 6 months for SAF to start planning for NDP.”

    GMS you are wrong here it takes about 2 years, I sat in the planning committee in camp when my Officer was unable to attend, We were planning for the 1983 parade in 1981.

    Maybe better digital resources I suppose planning time is shorter but i doubt it given the number of rehearsals.

    A sheer waste of resources.

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  • xoxo:

    Nothing wrong to arouse patriotism on National Day,it is praiseworthy.
    But to make a *bash* out of it is more attuned to flimsical partying .
    We nust ensure that every true blu SINGAPOREAN FEELS PROUD N DIGNICIED,not just on National Day but always like how we all were before.

    This year,we even saw CDC-LEVEL CELEBRATION$!
    I saw huge tentages getting erected over a week-long by foreign workers before the CELEBRATION$ where only PAP MPs were present ?
    Is that what the CDC MAYOR$ call ONE NATION,ONE PEOPLE,ONE SINGAPORE?
    And,btw,the BIG CELEBRATION$ lasted for onlh a FEW hour$.
    The foreign workers spent the next few days disassembling the tentage$?

    LKY,i remember,CHASTISED his constituency’s organisers for wasting taxpayer money on such thing$.
    For that,i salute him.

    The PBM/BBM- businessmen must be very happy every NATIONAL DAY…

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  • Clear eyed:

    National Day is a celebration for and by the FTs here. Of the 5 flags put up in my block, 2 are by Singaporeans and 3 by FTs – 2 CECA Indians and 1 PRC. I saw many FTs in red and white out and about celebrating happily.

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  • xoxo:

    Btw,one wonders why non-PAP MPs are not considered for GOVT POSTS when the G keeps promoting meritocracy n One Nation,One People,ONE SG?
    But the G can put a non-elected(REJECTED) PAP CANDIDATE to HEAD NTUC?
    Come next GE,Ng Chee Meng will be assured of an MP $eat in a different GRC which is traditionally a PAP-$tronghold n be elevated to MINI$TERIAL POSITION.

    IS THAT WHAT WE CALL MERITOCRACY ?

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  • BlackAfrican are new citizen:

    Only communist countries have such parade. Countries like Russia, China and North Korea. True Democratic countries do not have such parade for their independence.

    During the Presidential Inspection, the president is so fake, walk right to the designated person and have a chat, this year she chat with 2 Black New citizen. Look at how she chat with them so fake.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Should we be mourning instead of celebrating since the PM foresaw storms and dark clouds ahead. Shouldn’t we save up for these stormy days?

    It seems to me every year we have the same massage, never a good one, always dark clouds and storms. These metaphorical calamities are nothing but man-made, especially by the PAP, all controllable.

    With galaxy highest paid PM and Ministers, these could be easily solved. Just don’t create it!

    Wonder how those countries with real natural calamities handled their problems with only one-fifth or less salary compared to ours’??

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    MALAYSIANS PRS scolded me, why you guys not happy with govt? Govt so good, give us jobs and money too…

    Knn, our jobs all given to foreigners, if in Malaysia, PAPPY already voted out.

    1 SGD now $3.24 RGT, how not to be happy?

    No need to serve NS, come here eat our lunch and then talk cork about us being unhappy.

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    Seriously, … every 4️⃣ to 5️⃣ years !!!

    What about our regular treat and spectacle of a new ND song or 3️⃣ every year !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • Harder Truths:

    The job of the NDP festivities is to channel money into some government agencies and ‘private’ companies’ pockets that are related to the Regime’s office holders. another way of money laundering.

    Our dear @oxygen had previously made it very clear that most of these government ‘projects’ have no justification except put money into the bank accounts of certain people and justifying it as a government ‘necessity’.

    it seems these projects are becoming bigger and bolder. But then, what is wrong with making more money?

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  • Trust only myself:

    …..starting as early as June…..?
    Not June, likely even earlier, I remember during my school days many decades ago the selection for participants started as early as April……..

    Yes RC gave most tickets to PRs and new citizens…..RC members are also mostly new citizens.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    GMS, do you even know what is wasteful?

    Can you tell me if the below is wasteful?

    1. Nancy Pelosi son travel along with his mother to ROC on government expense.

    Pelosi questioned over taking son on Taiwan trip using government expenses
    https://bit.ly/3vZ5Wiy

    2. Nancy: Don’t mess with me. Wow, woman had more balls than man.
    https://bit.ly/3SKVxke

    Please share this video with all PAP supporters.

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  • Rough Rider:

    Ahhh,, Malaysians VERY PRO PAP. Because the grass is greener on the lower side. Spore is their promised land. Hell they earn 3 times more after conversion.

    They’ll glady turn their backs on their own country without hesitation, get on their knees to give “lip service” if they have to.

    They are even more competitive and nastier than Sporeans.

    idontbelieveinccpbs:
    MALAYSIANS PRS scolded me, why you guys not happy with govt? Govt so good, give us jobs and money too…

    Knn, our jobs all given to foreigners, if in Malaysia, PAPPY already voted out.

    1 SGD now $3.24 RGT, how not to be happy?

    No need to serve NS, come here eat our lunch and then talk cork about us being unhappy.

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  • NDP must have:

    People can suffer high COL and have no meaningful job but NDP must have.
    Need to show how great Singapore is,especially our military power to other countries.
    Face more important. Also need to make Singaporean feel good for a day .
    Time are hard.

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  • KT2:

    Every year on National Day 9th Aug, SG celebrates with a grand “National Day Parade or NDP.” I think we shld not call it NDP anymore. It is no longer a parade, if you guys do a search on the word: parade. In the old past, yes, it was a parade with army, navy, air force, police, etc n many other contingents marching or performing on the roads lined with thousands of ppl ! Right now “the parade” is more or less static or at one location ! We shld change it to NDS or NDC (i.e. National Day Show or National Day Concert) or any other suitable name, but w/o the word: Parade. I m sure the G always say we must move on with times, and do a necessary adjustments or changes. None of the MIW (Monkeys In White) raise this issue for fear of what I dunno !

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  • Just Saying:

    Wasteful is three Chinooks carrying the flags; one flag bearer for the song, another to confirm, and another to double confirm. The colonel sitting on top sure doesn’t want to risk his gratuity.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    idontbelieveinccpbs:
    MALAYSIANS PRS scolded me, why you guys not happy with govt? Govt so good, give us jobs and money too…

    Knn, our jobs all given to foreigners, if in Malaysia, PAPPY already voted out.

    1 SGD now $3.24 RGT, how not to be happy?

    No need to serve NS, come here eat our lunch and then talk cork about us being unhappy.

    You should ask these Malaysian why don’t they spend their earned-in-Singapore money here instead of spending it in Johor!

    How much can you buy with S$1 in Singapore and how much can you buy with RM3.24 in Johor? They buy their breakfasts and cigarettes in Johor and not in SG when they come in to work daily!

    You don’t see Malaysian cars in any of SG petrol stations!

    If Singapore is so good, these Malaysians should support Singaporeans and Singapore’s economy! Earn here, spend here!

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  • DeBarge:

    I’m afraid we will never be rid of the NDP. It is a monster with a life of it’s own. A monumental waste of time because most Singaporeans can’t be bothered. It is meant to provide a stage for certain people, such as the future general organising the affair and for the MIW to give themselves a spectacular pat on their own backs. Yawn.

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  • So true that:

    A tourist asked a sgporean ” what do you all do for your ND?”
    Sgporean : ” oh, we go to malaysia” .
    LOL LOL LOL

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    NotMyProblem: If Singapore is so good, these Malaysians should support Singaporeans and Singapore’s economy! Earn here, spend here!

    FYI, Malaysians and many others FT are already supporting Singaporeans and Singapore’s economy through buying HDB flat and attending local schools.

    In your words, they earn here, spend here.

    But many Oppie Singaporeans are against the FT who are supporting Singaporeans and Singapore’s economy.

    So how? Are Oppie Singaporeans gila? seow? mad ?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Singaporean R Free Rider: FYI, Malaysians and many others FT are already supporting Singaporeans and Singapore’s economy through buying HDB flat and attending local schools.

    This is called “leaching” not “supporting”!

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