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50 YEARS OF NDP

Geared up and ready to roll

The 1980s were a time of big changes and technological advancements. The achievements were reflected at the NDP.

No goodie bags back then

I was an accounts assistant and was part of the DBS Bank marching contingent in the 1983 decentralised NDP celebration in Toa Payoh. It was held in the morning. I was 30 years old, and that will probably be the only parade I take part in.

We practised in Dempsey Road with army personnel. During that time we just enjoyed the experience and opportunity to celebrate the nation's birthday. NDP goodie bags were unheard of at the time.

  • MADAM RAMLAH IDROS, 63

  • ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

    • Retiree

    • NDP 1983: Participant with the DBS Bank contingent in Toa Payoh.

Our contingent wore red T-shirts. The women wore grey skirts and the men wore grey pants. Also, the women carried yellow orchids and waved the flowers at the VIP stand before marching onto the streets with the crowd cheering.

MADAM RAMLAH IDROS, a retiree, who marched in the NDP in 1983 with the contingent from DBS Bank.


A lost child in tears as a police officer tried to comfort him during the 1985 parade at the National Stadium. With a 60,000-strong crowd, reuniting lost children with their families was a major challenge. ST PHOTO: MAZLAN BADRON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2016, with the headline 'Geared up and ready to roll'. Print Edition | Subscribe