"Majulah Singapura" - Singapore's national anthem composed by Zubir Said, a renowned Singapore musician - was launched in 1959 when Singapore achieved full internal self-government.
A radio feature on Ministry of Culture in Mandarin. The Ministry consisted of four divisions - news, promotions, broadcasting and publishing. As envisaged by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the aim of the Ministry was to transmit governmental information to the people. For example, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture Lee Khoon Choy outlined the objectives of travelling outdoor arts performances; Minister for Culture S Rajaratnam elaborated on the significance of the National Theatre.
In this audio, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Culture, Lee Khoon Choy, appealed for the National Theatre Fund for broadcast over Radio Channel III (Chinese). He said the successful launch of plans for a National Theatre indicated the people's understanding and wish to have a new and stately national building. There would be more fund raising and flag days to be carried out by volunteers in various parts of Singapore.
This programme looked at nation-building through various cultural and arts activities, services and facilities developed for the people of Singapore. For example - Aneka Ragam (the people's variety concerts), the Cultural Festival 1962, Malay as the National Language, the introduction of TV broadcasting by early 1963, the setting up of the National Theatre, the National Museum and the National Library.