12 August 2009 Wednesday | National Day 2009
Sir, congratulations to you and your team. NDP 2009 received rave reviews.
Yes, the show received a very very heartwarming response by Singaporeans across the different age groups. It is always very encouraging because the NDP and our National Day activities were organised for Singaporeans. It’s up to us all to find our own meaning in them. And if it made a difference in whatever way to our people, then we are glad to have been able to do that. In many ways, it is a very humbling experience and I am so happy for all the people who had worked so hard to do this for our country.
You had been walking onto the Float week after week. How did it feel to walk in on 9 Aug?
When I arrived on 9 Aug, the thought that came to mind was a quiet, “This is it. Our National Day.” And as I stood amongst the audience throughout the show, I could only be filled with pride at being a Singaporean. Hair stand! What more can one say at moments like that when you stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow countrymen?
And you must have read the comments on my blog.
We understand that everyone would have their preferences about different aspects of the NDP. That’s quite okay! We’d note it for next year. But I am just so glad that our people care enough to say what they feel for. That in itself says a lot!
Some felt there weren’t enough fireworks…
Fireworks… Too long and people complain too much money is spent. Too short and… Well, we felt it was just right. Our approach was “Less is more”. We ensured quality fireworks well synchronised with the music. I thought it was beautifully executed! Well done fireworks team!
The National Day songs were presented in a different manner…
Again, we have had wide ranging feedback on this. The songs were wonderfully remixed but it’s perhaps the familiarity with the way it was combined that did not help for easier sing-a-longs. Will note this. But many of us love the way Sydney treated the whole music soundscape for this year.
The F16 fighters. Only 3. Some said not shiok.
Of course we can always have more, but we thought a simple bomb burst will be fine for this year.
And (not that it really mattered but out of curiosity,) the Red Lions had been coming in from the right for the past few rehearsals. The landing on the actual day was from the left. Any story behind this?
Red Lions came in from Left to Right because of wind direction. It is a very complex operation that is made to look easy. Every jump is different. The wind conditions have to be assessed and the jumpers have to make these adjustments, sometimes late in the jump. These guys are VERY good. And this is an understatement.
On hindsight, is there anything you’d have done differently?
I am sure there will be various things we can improve on. But at the moment, I can only feel grateful for the support of my team and for the community in the way they have responded to our various initiatives.
Take the 8.22pm Pledge Moment for example, the very enthusiastic responses by our partners gave us hope that it can actually worked, and it did! This day and this journey belongs to all of us.