• Short Summary

    ASIA'S YOUNGEST REPUBLIC, THE 225 SQUARE MILE (582 SQUARE KMS) CITY-STATE OF SINGAPORE, CELEBRATED ITS SECOND BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) TO THE THEME OF "A RUGGED SOCIETY". 25,000 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF SINGAPORE WATCHED BY 100,000 CHEERING SPECTATORS, HEADED BY PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW, AND PRESIDENT TUN YUSOF BIN ISHAK.

  • Description

    ASIA'S YOUNGEST REPUBLIC, THE 225 SQUARE MILE (582 SQUARE KMS) CITY-STATE OF SINGAPORE, CELEBRATED ITS SECOND BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) TO THE THEME OF "A RUGGED SOCIETY". 25,000 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF SINGAPORE WATCHED BY 100,000 CHEERING SPECTATORS, HEADED BY PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW, AND PRESIDENT TUN YUSOF BIN ISHAK.

    THERE WERE ABOUT 80 CONTINGENTS IN THE PARADE. THEY REPRESENTED MANY ASPECTS OF THE SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES, YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, POLICE, VIGILANTE CORPS, AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS.

    AT THE MOMENT SINGAPORE HAS TWO REGULAR BATTALIONS, BUT ANOTHER TWO ARE TO BE FORMED LATER THIS YEAR TO REPLACE THE GRADUAL BRITISH WITHDRAWAL FROM THE REGION. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE NATION INTRODUCED COMPULSORY NATIONAL SERVICE FOR BOYS REACHING THE AGE OF 18 YEARS.

    THE PARADE FEATURED WOMEN SOLDIERS OF THE PEOPLE'S MILITIA. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT ARMED WOMEN SOLDIERS HAD APPEARED IN PUBLIC IN SINGAPORE.

    GURKHAS, SEA CADETS, AND POLICE WOMEN, FOLLOWED THE WOMEN SOLDIERS OF THE MILITIA, AND THEN A HUGE CHEER WENT UP FROM THE CROWD WHEN A GIRLS' PIPE BAND PARADED PAST THE SINGAPORE CITY HALL. 36 RED-KILTED MALAY, CHINESE AND INDIAN GIRLS FORMED THE BAND WHICH PLAYED TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH TUNES.

    THE BAND, TRAINED BY BRITAIN'S FAMOUS DAGENHAM GIRL PIPERS, WAS FORMED JUST SEVEN MONTHS AGO SPECIALLY FOR THE PARADE. IT WAS THE IDEA OF DEFENCE MINISTER DR. GOH KENG SWEE.

    THE SEVEN MILE (11 KMS) LONG PROCESSION ENDED WITH CULTURAL DISPLAYS BY MEMBERS OF SINGAPORE'S MULTI-RACIAL COMMUNITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8G3SQNZ4AUEJF1CZK10IT1G2K
    Media URN:
    VLVA8G3SQNZ4AUEJF1CZK10IT1G2K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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