NDP 2018: A celebration of everyday Singaporeans as President Halimah Yacob makes NDP debut

NDP 2018: A celebration of everyday Singaporeans as President Halimah Yacob makes NDP debut

Yahoo Singapore·2018-08-10 07:40

Singapore marked its 53rd year of independence on Thursday (9 August) with festivities that celebrated the achievements of everyday Singaporeans, while Halimah Yacob made her debut appearance at the National Day Parade as President.

Some 3,378 participants from institutions such as the Singapore Armed Forces, Institute of Technical Education, Ministry of Education and the People’s Association came together for the annual celebration at The Float. In a reflection of the times, some 5,600 security personnel were also on duty in the Marina Bay area.

The highlights of NDP 2018 included a 10-minute show film helmed by the parade’s creative director Boo Junfeng, which tells the real-life story of five Singaporeans who overcame adversity in their lives. They included pioneer female athlete Mary Klass, who defied her parents’ wishes to become an Olympian in the 1950s, and blind busker Mashruddin Saharuddin, who performed at the parade with his son Nizaruddin.

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