Dec 22, 2007
SMU trio showed disrespect to national anthem
I ATTENDED Virtuoso 2007, an event organised by the Singapore Management University's Music Interactive Club
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the organising committee for a job well done. However, a segment in this event left me appalled.
This distasteful segment occurred during the group category, when a trio from the Singapore Management University (SMU) performed.
Before they started their song proper, they thought that it would be entertaining to dedicate a song in Malay for the non-Chinese audience who were attending this event.
What surprised me was the choice of the introductory song. The trio decided that they should belt out a distorted rendition of the Singapore national anthem.
I am a firm believer that we should treat our national anthem seriously. As citizens, we should learn to respect and honour it. Singing the national anthem is a solemn affair and it should not be approached in such a frivolous manner.
This choice of introduction worries me because, as tertiary students, they should know better than to possess such wilful disregard to the sacredness of our national anthem.
I am disappointed that such a wonderfully organised event had to be subjected to such blemish by three disrespectful Singaporean citizens.
I hope that action will be taken by SMU and that a repeat of such a disgraceful act can be avoided in the future.
Sing Keng Loon
-courtesy of Straits Times