Singapore’s national anthem, Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore), will be revamped to mark the 60th anniversary of Singapore’s national symbols – the national flag, state crest (national coat of arms) and national anthem.
According to The Straits Times, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) Grace Fu said the national symbols are crucial to the nation’s identity, adding that the anthem brings out emotions in Singaporeans locally and overseas. MCCY said the new anthem, which will be a rendition by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, will be based on the 2001 musical arrangement by composer Phoon Yew Tien. The new anthem will be unveiled tomorrow, and broadcasted on local radio stations. Marketing has reached out to MCCY for comment.
Majulah Singapura was originally written in Malay and was composed by the late Zubir Said in 1958 as a musical expression of Singapore’s identity as a nation. It was the official song of the City Council of Singapore, while under the British governance. When Singapore attained independence on 9 August 1965, Majulah Singapura then became the national anthem of the Republic of Singapore.
In 2001, the current official recording of Majulah Singapura was launched. It was re-arranged by composer Phoon to sound “grander and more inspiring” and make the anthem “more accessible to all Singaporeans”.
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