NDP 2018

Maiden parade for the President

President Halimah Yacob inspecting the Guard of Honour yesterday. It was her first NDP as President, but not the first time she had a formal NDP role. Before she became President, she was the reviewing officer at every parade preview since 2013 when
President Halimah Yacob inspecting the Guard of Honour yesterday. It was her first NDP as President, but not the first time she had a formal NDP role. Before she became President, she was the reviewing officer at every parade preview since 2013 when she was Speaker of Parliament.
President Halimah Yacob inspecting the Guard of Honour yesterday. It was her first NDP as President, but not the first time she had a formal NDP role. Before she became President, she was the reviewing officer at every parade preview since 2013 when
President Halimah Yacob inspecting the Guard of Honour yesterday. It was her first NDP as President, but not the first time she had a formal NDP role. Before she became President, she was the reviewing officer at every parade preview since 2013 when she was Speaker of Parliament.
Tattoo time ... to celebrate National Day. A member of the NDP audience getting help to put on a temporary tattoo – to mark the nation’s 53rd birthday.
Tattoo time ... to celebrate National Day. A member of the NDP audience getting help to put on a temporary tattoo – to mark the nation’s 53rd birthday.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waving to the crowd as he and other MPs make their way to their seats to watch the parade.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waving to the crowd as he and other MPs make their way to their seats to watch the parade.
Members of the audience doing their version of the Kallang Wave during the NDP. Their spirits never flagged as they lapped up the visual delights.
Members of the audience doing their version of the Kallang Wave during the NDP. Their spirits never flagged as they lapped up the visual delights.

Months of training paid off in bringing the National Day Parade (NDP) to life yesterday and the performers had another reason to cheer at the end of the show after President Halimah Yacob went over to mingle and take photos with them.

The first female President to grace the parade, Madam Halimah received a warm reception from the crowd and the performers.

It was not the first time that Madam Halimah, 63, had a formal role to play in NDP. Before she became President, she was the reviewing officer at every parade preview since 2013. During that time, she held the post of Speaker of Parliament, which she relinquished last year before being declared President-elect on Sept 13, 2017.

She became Singapore's first Malay President in 47 years, after a walkover in the country's first presidential election reserved for candidates from the Malay community.

While Madam Halimah did not speak to the media during the parade yesterday, she said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that National Day is an occasion for Singaporeans to celebrate their nation's independence and to reflect on how far they have come.

"This year's Parade is especially meaningful to me, because the programme will involve Singaporeans from diverse talents," she wrote. "It is a good reminder that regardless of background, we can all contribute."

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  • 3,300 

    Number of performers in the parade’s show segment this year

 

Yesterday, Madam Halimah, who was decked out in red and white, attended the parade with her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, also 63.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Maiden parade for the President'. Print Edition | Subscribe