Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Majulah Singapura - Onward Singapore

As young children, we are taught the words and tune of our National Anthem - for an Aussie growing up in primary school of the 1970s, this means that I had to learn two anthems... the original "God save the Queen (King)" was replaced with "Advance Australia Fair"... surprisingly enough to me, this did not become official until 1984 (we'd been talking about a decade earlier).

Anyway, I digress... The National Day Parade (NDP) conducted each year to celebrate Singapore's National Day and independence from Malaysia (9th August) - If you've not witnessed this event (even on TV), then you're really missing something huge!


A country's National Anthem usually sparks the emotions within us - national pride, nostalgia, to name just a couple... at this year's NDP in Singapore, the rendition of "Majulah Singapora" absolutely sent goose bumps up my back and neck to a tingling in tips of my hair. Here's the clip of this event on Youtube:


Majulah Singapura (sung in Malay)

Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapura
Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura

Onward Singapore (English translation)

We, the people of Singapore
Together march towards happiness
Our noble aspiration
To make Singapore a success
Let us all unite
In a new spirit
Together we proclaim
Onward Singapore
Onward Singapore



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