"Fun pack song" no longer part of NDP

Organisers of this year's National Day Parade (NDP) will omit the infamous "Fun Pack Song" from the NDP show.

The official announcement was made through NDPeeps, The NDP 2011 committee's official Facebook page.

The statement said they "are no longer seeking adaptation rights for 'Bad Romance'."

The "Fun Pack Song" caused an uproar online, with netizens criticising the song for being unoriginal and in poor taste because it was set to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".

It contained modified lyrics that celebrated the pack's contents.

The organisers said in an earlier statement that they wanted to secure copyright approval to broadcast the modified song.

The lyrics were written by playright Haresh Sharma. He told The Straits Times earlier this week that he stands by his work, explaining that it was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek parody.

When asked about the incident, singer-songwriter Dick Lee said: "I think we have enough songwriters in Singapore to write something for what they wanted. They chose a popular song but forgot about all the legalities when it comes to using other people's material."

Mr Lee was speaking at the media launch of "SINGAPOP! - 50 years of pop music in Singapore", a concert celebrating local music.