Special banner adds colour to bash

Marsiling residents yesterday unveiled a record-setting, 52m-long banner painting that charts Singapore's development from independence in 1965 till today.
Marsiling residents yesterday unveiled a record-setting, 52m-long banner painting that charts Singapore's development from independence in 1965 till today.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Citizens mark National Day with art, picnic and even a workout

From unveiling huge paintings to taking part in a 52-minute workout, Singaporeans took time yesterday to mark the nation's 52nd birthday in unique and symbolic ways.

Citizens recited the pledge and sang the National Anthem at observance ceremonies around the island.

Over at Marsiling constituency, residents unveiled a record-setting 52m-long banner painting that charts the development of Singapore from independence in 1965 till today.

Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Zaqy Mohamad and Madam Halimah Yacob helped to apply the finishing touches. Mr Zaqy was appointed on Tuesday to replace Madam Halimah, who stepped down as grassroots adviser to Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

The artwork, which took three months and more than 100 volunteers to create, sets a new record in the Singapore Book of Records for the Longest Banner of Historical Drawings, smashing the previous record - a 15.2m-long banner completed two years ago.

Mr Kenny Chua, 56, the chairman of the Marsiling Zone 4 Residents' Committee, said that they wanted to do something special for National Day. "We wanted to tell the story of Singapore, from the kampung days up till today, which was represented by Changi Airport Terminal 4," said Mr Chua, who is an events manager.

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We wanted to tell the story of Singapore, from the kampung days up till today, which was represented by Changi Airport Terminal 4.

'' MR KENNY CHUA, chairman of the Marsiling Zone 4 Residents' Committee, on doing something special for National Day.

Over in Yishun, about 1,500 residents of Sembawang GRC stood in solidarity against potential threats to Singapore's security. Some 200 of them, who had recently completed first-aid training as part of the national SGSecure movement, formed marching contingents while donning safety vests, with first-aid kits slung over their shoulders.

They were led by the group representation constituency's grassroots advisers Khaw Boon Wan, Ong Ye Kung, Amrin Amin, Lim Wee Kiak and Vikram Nair.

Research officer Aneetha Sundram, 39, one of the participants, said: "It felt good to know that everyone in the neighbourhood is trained and ready to handle any attacks."

At the Singapore Sports Hub, fitness buffs took part in a 52-minute National Day fitness workout and an aquathlon workshop, among various activities.

In Clementi, people gathered to catch a live screening of the National Day Parade, with a picnic under the stars, at a basketball court.

Madam Eng Kim Hiang, 67, a retiree, used the occasion to spend time with the family. "Every National Day, the whole family will get together to have a meal and watch the parade. I look forward to that."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2017, with the headline 'Special banner adds colour to bash'. Print Edition | Subscribe