Let me start this post with my 3D-printers’ rendition of the Singapore’s National Anthem. Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!
(You may need to turn up the volume to hear.)
So now on to my thoughts for the SG50 Jubilee weekend.
With some friends and family, I went to the Arts Science Museum, Singapore Science Centre (SSC), Google Shophouse, National Museum and Singapore Discovery Centre(SDC). Taking advantage of the free entry of course.
All are worthy places to go except for maybe SDC, it should be renamed to Singapore Propaganda Centre. I went there today hoping to give this place another chance since I will never pay to visit such a place normally. But nah, still variations of the same Singapore-defense theme.
Never before have I seen the Science Centre this crowded. I actually like the exhibits so much so I would even be willing to pay the ticket price to visit them under normal circumstances. The (temporary) Interplay exhibition showcasing the convergence of Arts and Science is mindblowing. I especially like the exhibit of how different game consoles were linked to allow a seamless transition of gameplay.
The free public transport also gave me some funny ideas. First time, we could just board buses from the back door without scolding from the bus driver. I also treated the underground MRT stations as an underpass shortcut as normally entering and exiting the same station will still cost money.
On a deeper level though, I wonder what this will do to the anti-welfarisim message we have been indoctrinated to all this while, after all, “a handout once given, is difficult or impossible to take back” so we are told. With free this free that during this Jubilee weekend, it is no doubt having tasted the forbidden fruit, Singaporeans will clamour for more free stuff next time. More populist-oriented politicians of the future may be unable to resist fulfilling these demands to stay/get into power and we can extrapolate from there.
Of course, I did get home to watch the NDP on TV. I was impressed with the aerial display by the RSAF. I recalled thinking to myself that the number of aircraft that were engaged in the display alone were probably more than those our neighbours can operationally deploy at any one time. Not bad with some leaders of our neighbours present to watch the parade as well.
Now that SG50 is over and with NDP being pushed to such heights, future NDPs obviously won’t be as grand. SG100 is within my lifetime, I hope to see what the NDP of 2065 is like, of course most importantly, what state Singapore will be in then?