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Singapore pride shines through on social media

Video of commuters unwittingly participating in a flash mob event becomes a hit

A video of commuters participating in a flash mob event on a crowded train, singing along to the National Day favourite Home, has garnered more than 330,000 views.
A video of commuters participating in a flash mob event on a crowded train, singing along to the National Day favourite Home, has garnered more than 330,000 views.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ ONESONGONESG
Bailey Matthews, eight, who has cerebral palsy, completing a triathlon in Britain.
Bailey Matthews, eight, who has cerebral palsy, completing a triathlon in Britain.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CASTLE TRIATHLON SERIES

Most, if not all, Singaporeans possess a hidden characteristic - that deep down, we are immensely proud of who we are, and what our nation has achieved.

You might not suspect it at times, going by the vitriol and online rants about the high cost of living, the way the country is run, or how overcrowded Singapore feels.

But make no mistake, despite the fierce ongoing debate about the future of this country, the pride is there.

Perhaps this trait is showcased most obviously in the types of stories that spread on social media.

One example is a video of commuters who find themselves unwittingly participating in a flash mob event on a crowded train.

One of the SG50 initiatives saw bakers getting together to create cakes (like the one above) to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. PHOTO: NICHOLAS ANG/THE WHITE OMBRE

Organised by a grassroots movement called OneSongOneSg, it shows commuters singing along to National Day favourite Home. The stony faces of the commuters turned to grins within a span of minutes.



    The local patois is trending on Twitter in the lead-up to National Day. In a video produced by the BBC, Singaporean comedian

    Vernetta Lopez went around finding out how Singlish is used in everyday life.


    Jon Stewart, host of political satire programme The Daily Show, went out with a bang in his final episode. Fans took to social media to pay tribute.


    The hashtag trended as the US Republican debate got under way on Fox News channel. Ironically, the most retweeted post reportedly came from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

    "It's over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt" was retweeted more than 30,000 times.

The video has so far garnered more than 330,000 views since it was put up last Thursday.

Another example: An inconsiderate driver left his car parked along a road in the Marina Bay area while he trotted off to wait for the Black Knights aerial display last Friday.

His illegally parked vehicle would have continued to obstruct traffic from passing through,

were it not for the efforts of more than 10 passers-by which were caught on video.

With shouts of "one, two, three", the group managed to move the car nearer to the sidewalk to let a bus through.

Other efforts abound online. One graphic design company superimposed 3D renditions of old iconic buildings and landmarks, such as the National Theatre, on modern-day footage.

Another initiative saw a group of bakers getting together to create mouth-watering cakes to commemorate the Golden Jubilee.

Perhaps one Facebook comment encapsulated it best: "Lately, we have been seeing a lot more of the Singapore spirit in action. Heartwarming! Let's hope it continues."


We are pulling out all the stops in covering this year's National Day Parade. Pictures, videos and updates will be filed by a team about 30 journalists on the ground and posted on all of The Straits Times' social media platforms - Facebook (www.facebook.com/ TheStraitsTimes), Twitter (@STcom) and Instagram (@straits_times).

This is the first time that The Straits Times is covering an event live on all social media platforms.

We also want to showcase your photos online and in print tomorrow. All you need to do is post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #ndp2015, and tag our account.


"Flat's here. We can marry", "Auntie, system 8 quick pick", "Monitoring the situation very closely". These were some of the tongue-in-cheek Tweets that Singaporeans came up with when the micro-blogging platform introduced two emojis to commemorate the country's Golden Jubilee.

Users will see the national flag and SG50 icons when they tweet using hashtags #Singapore and #SG50 respectively.

Not to be outdone, Facebook rolled out a set of stickers which featured a character known as Maju the Lion. The stickers portray Maju in an array of moods and colloquial expressions.


Bailey Matthews is just eight, but his spirit would put many adults to shame. The English boy, who has cerebral palsy, took part in a gruelling triathlon in North Yorkshire with the aid of a specially designed walking frame.

With just 20m more to go, Bailey cast aside his walking frame in an attempt to finish the race unaided. He stumbled twice, but buoyed by the roar of spectators on the sidelines, he completed the race. His feat was captured on video, which had more than 13 million views.


Myanmar's flooding crisis shows no signs of abating as the death toll climbs. Bereft of help, many citizens have turned to social media to spread information that would ultimately save lives.

One example of this is a staff member from the Irrigation Department, whose updates on the status of irrigation dams, which quashed rumours on the extent of the destruction, were widely shared.

Other efforts include mobilising volunteers and raising funds for victims.

On Twitter, the hashtags #supportMyanmar, #saveMyanmar and #prayforMyanmar have been tweeted nearly 57,000 times in the past week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2015, with the headline 'Singapore pride shines through on social media'. Subscribe