Singapore has been celebrating 25 years of self-rule.
1. GV PAN FROM Crowd TO balloon with inscription saying "25 years of nation building" 0.15
2. CU PULL BACK TO GV PAN Marching contingents 0.23
3. GVs Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew walking to rostrum, as President C.V. Devan Nair's motorcade arrives (2 shots) 0.44
4. GV TILT UP Helicopters and jet planes fly past (2 shots) 0.58
5. GV & CUs Tanks column goes past (3 shots) 1.15
6. GVs Students carrying ruling people's Action Party (PAP) flags (2 shots) 1.39
7. GV & SVs Lion and dragon dancers (4 shots) 2.14
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Singapore has been celebrating 25 years of self-rule. National Day, on August 9, was marked by huge parades through the island-state's city centre. The festivities were attended by President C.V. Devan Nair, and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who has led the country since independence in 1959. On the eve of the celebrations, Lee said in a televised message to the nation, that Singapore continued to make impressive economic gains. However, he warned the country may not be able to maintain the momentum until the end of the year. He said the economy had grown by 9.7 per cent in the first six months of 1984, compared with 6.4 per cent in the same period last year. But, he pointed out that Singapore was bound to be affected by the uncertainties of the international economic situation. He said the island would continue to prosper only if its inhabitants continued to work hard, and maintained their efficiency and productivity. He also said that Singapore was in the final stages of transferring political leadership to younger people, who by this time next year, would be forming the majority of parliament. Singapore is due to hold general elections later this year, and Lee's People's Action Party (PAP) is expected to sweep the polls. Lee has made it clear that the new leadership will still be under his command.
Source: REUTERS - PHUA TIN WOON