Monday, 21 September 2015

National Museum’s permanent galleries reopen after year-long revamp

The galleries contain contributions from Singaporeans - among them, the only known recording of the first version of the national anthem.
By Chan Luo Er, Channel NewsAsia, 19 Sep 2015

The National Museum of Singapore officially opened its revamped permanent galleries on Saturday (Sep 19).

The galleries contain contributions from fellow Singaporeans and also pay homage to the country's pioneers. Visitorship to the museum has gone up threefold since the 1990s - last year, more than 1.2 million people visited the galleries.



Attending the opening event, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said: "Singaporeans, whether young or old yearn to reconnect with our past - who we are and where we came from. These historical moorings strengthen our sense of identity and self-confidence. They give us our bearings in an uncertain world."

On display at one of the galleries is the only known recording of the first version of the national anthem - written in 1958 by Mr Zubir Said - before it was refined in December 1959 to become the song we know today. Mr Low Kam Hoong got it as a present from his father when he was 11. He donated it to the museum as he wants to share it with the nation.

There is also a dazzling display inspired by the nation's female Olympians in the 1950s. Tang Pui Wah is the first female to represent Singapore in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and is a role model for Janet Jesudason and Mary Klass, who were the only women to represent Singapore at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. 

"The movement of the display brings to mind the passion we had when we were younger," said Ms Tang. "Just watching it gets my blood racing so I hope youths today will be inspired by it and want to pick up running."

Ms Mary Klass also said: "The main thing is, whenever you train, and you get all these people cheering you on and watching you everyday, and then you think to yourself, that means I'm quite good so I need to train hard and prove to these people, what I can do."



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