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Foreword

Recited by Singapore pupils at the start of every school day, the Singapore Pledge is an important ingredient in nation building. (Please see footnote 1.) The Pledge represents the values for which Singapore stands, and which citizens strive to live up to and defend. Some Singaporeans may know that the Pledge, which articulates the ideals on which Singapore is built, was written by Mr S. Rajaratnam. (Please see footnote 2.)

To help pupils gain a greater appreciation of the meaning of the Pledge, the authors have produced a very attractive book that illustrates the Pledge with colourful Singapore stamps. This approach should help to enhance the feelings of what it means to be a Singaporean and what Singapore stands for.

It is my pleasure to recommend this book to our pupils, their teachers and parents.

Koh Boon Long
Deputy Director
National Education, Singapore

Footnotes:

1. To inculcate patriotism and national consciousness, all pupils in Singapore were required to take the Loyalty Pledge… from the beginning of the third term of 1966″ (MOE Annual Report, 1966, page 1)

2. Mr S. Rajaratnam was appointed Minister for Culture in 1959, Minister for Foreign Affairs in 1965, and Second Deputy Prime Minister in 1973. He retired from politics in 1988.
While giving a speech in 1996, Senior Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew was overcome with emotion when he recalled the words of the Singapore Pledge and the man who penned the words. Mr Lee, who was Prime Minister of Singapore 1959-1990, was quoted as saying “He (Rajaratnam) had enormous courage, enormous idealism… After the racial riots in the mid-60s, where ‘rational people became beasts’, it required ‘an act of faith’ to put those words together… But Rajaratnam gave me a lot of heart. He drafted it. I knew it was… really a dream too far. … I polished up, left the words in.”
(SM THINKS OF RAJA AND CHOKES WITH EMOTION, Straits Times, 9 June 1966)

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26 June, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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