Cost of staging NDP: $115, spent in 10 years

MORE than $17 million was spent on the National Day Parade (NDP) last year.

But this was lower than the record high of $20.5million spent in 2010.

In all, more than $115 million has been spent on the parade over 10 years.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen gave these figures in Parliament yesterday, in a written reply to Workers' Party member Gerald Giam.

This year, 125,000 spectators watched the event at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, during the three National Education shows, the preview and the actual parade. More than 2 million people watched the show on television.

The cost of staging the parade has gone up since it moved from the National Stadium to the Padang and then the Marina Bay Floating Platform.

This was because more work was needed to be done to prepare these venues. For instance, the ground at the Padang had to be hardened to withstand a heavier load.

The show itself accounts for about half the expenditure and includes the cost of production and items like costumes, props and lighting.

The remaining goes for infrastructure development, logistics and supplies, publicity and security operations.

On average, about 10,000 Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team personnel are deployed.

"The NDP is the most significant highlight on our national calendar and brings Singaporeans here and overseas, of all races and religions, together to celebrate our independence," Dr Ng said.

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