Many 'firsts' for this year's NDP

For the first time, a short film inspired by everyday Singaporeans who struggle to succeed will be screened during the National Day Parade (NDP).

Among the seven achievers featured is Mr Sarbir Singh, an ex-convict who aspires to be a lawyer.

After getting into trouble with the law thrice for offences relating to gang fights and violence, Mr Sarbir is now in his mid-20s and determined to overcome the odds to achieve his dream.


His perseverance in trying to find a footing in society is one of the inspiring life stories for the short film, which urges every Singaporean to live with a "can-do" spirit.

As the multimedia director for this year's NDP, Boo Junfeng, one of Singapore's notable film-makers, is the man behind the short film.

He said: "By telling these stories, we hope to inspire more people to remain strong in the face of the adversities in their lives."

Other achievers featured in the film include Mr Jason Chee, the navy serviceman who lost both legs and his left arm in an accident, and Singapore's blade runner Md Shariff Abdullah, who was born without a left foot.

Apart from the short film, this year's NDP boasts other "firsts".


One of them is the two dancing fountains installed in the waterway between the promenade and the stage.

Each measuring 30m wide, the fountains will be accompanied by an array of lights and will move to the rhythm of the music. The strongest jet can propel water up to 10m high.


There are eight tower screens and one centre screen, and the total surface area comes close to 1,500 sq m - about the size of three basketball courts.

A total of 2,331 LED panels are used to create the visual spectacle.

One more first to add to its list is the centre door that measures 30m by 13m and can move vertically. It will serve as a stage door for performers.

A record 40 digital projectors will be used to project multimedia content on a canvas that, at 80m by 40m, is the largest by far in NDP history.

This article was first published on July 9, 2014.
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