10 times we were proud to be Singaporean in 2015

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10 times we were proud to be Singaporean in 2015
10 times we were proud to be Singaporean in 2015
28 Dec 2015

10 times we were proud to be Singaporean in 2015

Okay, so we are supposed to always be proud to be Singaporean but there were several instances this year in which we felt especially patriotic - and we’re not just talking about the times we were travelling with the red passport. From SG50 to scenes of Singaporeans united in celebration and tragedy, here are the most memorable #SGproud moments from 2015.

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When nothing could stop us from singing the national anthem
When nothing could stop us from singing the national anthem
28 Dec 2015

When nothing could stop us from singing the national anthem

When we look back at the SEA Games this year, it was not the record-breaking feats or gold-medal winning moments that was most memorable, but this one during the victory ceremony for the Singapore women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team of Quah Ting Wen, Amanda Lim, Christie May Chue and Rachel Tseng. When the PA system malfunctioned midway through “Majulah Singapura”, the patriotic home crowd at the OCBC Aquatic Centre didn’t miss a beat and continued singing the national anthem with gusto, touching the hearts of the athletes. Like Ting Wen said at the end of the clip, awesome! 

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When we united in grief for Lee Kuan Yew
When we united in grief for Lee Kuan Yew
28 Dec 2015

When we united in grief for Lee Kuan Yew

Photo: TODAY

It was a week that would forever be etched in our minds. During the period of mourning in March for the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Singaporeans united as one in grief and the outpouring of sentiment was immense. Hundreds of thousands waited for hours to pay their last respects at the Parliament House and at tribute sites, and on the day of his funeral, thousands of people lined the streets in the pouring rain to watch his cortege go by. Even businesses and volunteers chipped in to distribute refreshments and umbrellas to those queueing. Though it took Mr Lee’s death to reunify Singaporeans, the sense of togetherness displayed during the week of mourning was extraordinary. 

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When passers-by saved a man trapped under a truck
When passers-by saved a man trapped under a truck
28 Dec 2015

When passers-by saved a man trapped under a truck

It looked like a scene straight out of a movie - more than 30 passers-by rushing forward to help South Korean tourist Kim Sung Mo who was pinned under a truck at the junction of Boon Keng Road in July. They formed a line and lifted the side and pulled Sung Mo out. Footage of the good Samaritans lending a hand went viral, with many praising the heroes’ courageous act and Singapore spirit. Seven of the heroes were rewarded with a free trip to South Korea.

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When crowds lent support to cancer-stricken chef
When crowds lent support to cancer-stricken chef
28 Dec 2015

When crowds lent support to cancer-stricken chef

All it took was a post on café Stranger’s Reunion’s Facebook page and crowds showed up in droves to lend support for a man they didn’t even know. Since Dec 8, the cafe and its sister outlet Curious Palette have been opening on their rest day, Tuesday, to help raise funds for head chef Sebastian Tan who had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The response was so overwhelming that some customers had to be turned away.

Others in the food and beverage industry have also chipped in to help. A fund-raising event Just One Shift 2 was held at Club 39 on Dec 21 where 12 bartenders took turns to make drinks for a good cause. So far, almost S$50,000 has been raised from the various events.

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When SG50 brought Singaporeans closer together
When SG50 brought Singaporeans closer together
28 Dec 2015

When SG50 brought Singaporeans closer together

National Day usually invokes a strong sense of patriotism in all of us. But this year, being the nation’s Golden Jubilee, national pride was at an all-time high. Singapore pulled out all the stops to throw the biggest and most epic National Day Parade ever. Apart from the usual highs, there were also moments of warmth, tears and nostalgia as Singaporeans celebrated as one people and reflected on how far the nation has come. 

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When commuters joined in the flash mob performance of
When commuters joined in the flash mob performance of "Home"
28 Dec 2015

When commuters joined in the flash mob performance of "Home"

What was supposed to be a mundane ride on the MRT one Thursday afternoon turned into one of the most magical when a flash mob surprised commuters on a crowded train and began singing National Day classic “Home”. Initially hesitant, commuters soon joined in belting out the song with enthusiasm, resulting in one of the most heartfelt renditions of the song. Woah, we totally got the feels.

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When Singaporeans rallied together after the Sabah tragedy
When Singaporeans rallied together after the Sabah tragedy
28 Dec 2015

When Singaporeans rallied together after the Sabah tragedy

Photo: TODAY

There’s nothing like a tragedy to bring people together. When an earthquake struck Sabah in June, claiming the lives of ten students and teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS), the community, including our Team Singapore athletes, rallied to offer their sympathy and support. Thousands visited TKPS to pay tribute to those who passed away and a fund was set up by the Education Ministry to assist their families, as well as trainers and guides in Sabah. A total of S$982,000 was raised from individuals and companies.

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When Singapore Botanic Gardens was named a world heritage site
When Singapore Botanic Gardens was named a world heritage site
28 Dec 2015

When Singapore Botanic Gardens was named a world heritage site

It is no secret that Singapore takes its parks and lush greenery very seriously so for the Singapore Botanic Gardens to be inscribed as the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, was definitely one of the best Golden Jubilee gifts to Singaporeans. Described as an "exceptional example of a British tropical colonial botanic garden in Southeast Asia", the iconic garden was unanimously endorsed by the 21-member World Heritage Committee in July. Singapore’s ‘chief gardener’ Lee Kuan Yew would have been so proud. 

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When “MRT hero” stood up to a bully
When “MRT hero” stood up to a bully
28 Dec 2015

When “MRT hero” stood up to a bully

While most MRT passengers minded their own business when a Caucasian commuter verbally abused a teen over his offensive T-shirt and even tried to pick a fight, Muhammad Hanafie Ali Mahmood was not taking any of it. He confronted the man and told him to leave the teen alone. The whole spectacle was filmed and widely shared on social media. Muhammad Hanafie’s actions earned him the admiration of Singaporeans, who gave him the nickname “MRT hero” after the video went viral. Even Law Minister K Shanmugam commended the 26-year-old, saying his actions "touches a little bit of most of us".

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When we showed our appreciation for foreign workers
When we showed our appreciation for foreign workers
28 Dec 2015

When we showed our appreciation for foreign workers

Photo: TODAY

They work long hours for low pay in menial jobs that locals shun. But when was the last time you thanked them for helping to build our nation and homes? Probably never. In December, around 2,000 people took to Facebook to express their gratitude to this group of unsung heroes, thanks to local caterer Select Group’s SG50 campaign to pay tribute to foreign workers. The company, which had been handing out meals at a workers’ dormitory since November, encouraged netizens to leave personal thank-you notes for the foreign worker community and pledged to match the number of messages with an equivalent number of meals.

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