From injured Red Lion to crying man: 5 things about NDP 2022 people are talking about

(Clockwise from top left) Third Warrant Officer Jeffrey Heng's rough landing, Mr Azuan Tan's emotional moment during the national anthem, MP Cheng Li Hui and an NDP motivator holding up a sign saying “hi mom”. PHOTOS: ST CHONG JUN LIANG, FELINE LIM, SCREENGRABS FROM NDPEEPS/YOUTUBE

SINGAPORE - If you missed this year's National Day Parade (NDP) on Tuesday (Aug 9), here are five things people are talking about on Singapore's 57th birthday.

1. Red Lions parachutist's rough landing

The incident drew concern from both spectators at the floating platform and people watching the parade at home. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

A Red Lions parachutist who had a hard landing and was stretchered off drew concern from spectators at the Marina Bay floating platform and people watching the parade at home.

Third Warrant Officer (3WO) Jeffrey Heng, who was the last of 10 parachutists to land, is in stable condition and receiving medical attention, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post.

Netizens were quick to post videos and photos of the incident on social media, with many wishing 3WO Heng a speedy recovery.

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Twitter user Dzar Ismail said: "I hope the last Red Lion is OK. My jaw just dropped when he landed that way. Prayers."

Facebook user Khai Fazli said: "(Get well soon) and thank you Red Lions for your courage and bravery!"

2. The crying man

Mr Azuan Tan's emotional moment during the national anthem. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM NDPEEPS/YOUTUBE

An audience member had tears streaming down his face while singing the National Anthem towards the end of the NDP.

Secondary school teacher Azuan Tan, 41, whose reaction was caught on camera and broadcast live, said in an interview that he was overcome by his emotions, evoked by this year’s NDP, themed Stronger Together Majulah.

Several social media users lauded his reaction, with some joking that he was actually tearing up at the fireworks, or having to go back to work the next day.

He also quickly became featured on local meme pages such as local content creator Yeolo and SGAG.

“I felt that the entire NDP was very well put together, it told a narrative that was extremely touching and it really hit home,” said Mr Tan.

“I have a lot of respect for everyone who contributed during the Covid-19 pandemic - nurses, doctors, front-line workers and educators.

“The outpouring of emotion was my 'thank you' and sincere appreciation to everybody.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said in a Facebook post that the man crying has turned out to be one of the iconic images of this year's NDP.

"It has been a challenging 2+ years - and for many of us, an emotional one," he said.

"It's through looking out for one another, even in our vulnerable moments, that we demonstrate our solidarity and Singapore spirit!"

3. Fashionable politicians

MP Cheng Li Hui photographed at National Day Parade at The Float in Singapore on Aug 9, 2022. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, and Sustainability and the Environment Baey Yam Keng turned up for the NDP donning a top designed by a LaSalle College of the Arts graduate.

"The Chinese knot with a metal chain added another dash of fusion. The cutting is inspired by the Korean hanbok," Mr Baey, who is also an MP for Tampines GRC, said in a Facebook post.

"Can you spot the resemblance of the red lines to our MRT map?"

Another MP from Tampines GRC, Ms Cheng Li Hui, wore a red one-shoulder top and paired it with baggy white trousers custom made by local fashion designer Max Tan.

Facebook user Helen Angela Winston Lee said: "(This) makes NDP less boring, with a variety of fashion styles."

PM Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob at the national day parade on Aug 9, 2022. PHOTOS: ST FELINE LIM, HALIMAH YACOB/FACEBOOK

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wore a red button-up shirt with floral detailing down the front and sides, while President Halimah Yacob wore a red embroidered long-sleeved blouse, embellished with a white floral brooch.

4. Grateful for BTO queue number

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When NDP host Rishi Budhrani asked audience member Nicole Liel, 24, what she was grateful for, she replied: "I'm very grateful to HDB for giving me a BTO (Build-to-Order) queue number."

This drew laughter and cheers from the audience, and Ms Liel, a local TikToker who also runs a lash studio, added: "And Ya Kun Kaya Toast."

The former Night Owl Cinematics talent said in an interview that she had applied for a BTO flat about five times since 2020.

“This was truly one thing I didn’t think I would get this year. It was a Yolo (you only live once) situation, me and my boyfriend just balloted on a whim,” she said.

5. NDP motivator holds up "hi mom" sign

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As the NDP ended and show participants got together and danced, one motivator held up a piece of paper that said "hi mom".

The motivator was sitting on a fellow participant's shoulders as he held up the sign.

He was also featured on various local meme pages, with many social media users commenting that they hope his mother had seen the sign.

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