Arts & Heritage
Telling and shaping the Singapore Story together
Speech by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth at My Singapore Style Microfilm Competition Award Ceremony, at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium
26 May 2019
- 很高兴受邀出席“ 我的新加坡派”微电影比赛的颁奖典礼。喜欢新谣的人都知道，《新加坡派》 是一首很受欢迎并具有代表性的本地创作。这首歌的开头是“爸爸说我出世在六十年代，一岁多国家才算诞生出来， 那时候没人相信新加坡牌，还有人移民海外。” 接下来的歌词描述新加坡七十年代、八十年代、九十年代所经过的变迁。随着社会的发展，生活素质的改善，新加坡人的身份认同和国家归属感也渐渐形成了。歌曲的尾端有一句歌词“我们的故事自己记载，未来就看下一代。” 这正是 “我的新加坡派”微电影比赛的目的-让下一代勾勒未来憧憬。
- Let me continue my speech in English.
Values define who we are as a nation and people
- As we mark our Bicentennial this year, it is timely to reflect on the theme of “Building a Harmonious Society Together”. How has our past helped shape our present, and what lessons do we draw from our history that will guide us in our future? Why did our forefathers come to Singapore from the many shores that they originated? They brought with them their own skills, language and cultures – did they come with the intention to settle for good? Most of them came with virtually nothing on their backs. How did they survive in a strange land? What were the values that united them in the building of a nation? Are they the values of openness, multi-culturalism and self-determination that define us as a people, and as a nation?
Each of us can do our part in shaping what it means to be Singaporean
- The micro films submitted for this competition show that the values of our pioneers have become a part of our Singapore DNA. Through the eyes of the filmmakers, we see that each of us can shape what it means to be Singaporean-- whether it is small acts of kindness to people we meet in our everyday lives, upholding mutual respect with colleagues of different cultures, volunteering in causes that serve the greater common good, or taking the brave step to pursue our dreams.
- One of the entries,《邻里之间》 “Neighbourhood”1, shows how a newcomer to Singapore becomes closer with his neighbours through simple daily interactions, sharing of food, and their common love for pets. To quote C.S. Lewis, “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” If we make the extra effort to reach out to those around us – our neighbours, colleagues, or even people we have just met – we can bring fellow members of our Singapore society closer together, and become a more caring and cohesive society.
Our shared experiences bind us together
- I would like to acknowledge the efforts by the film-making enthusiasts and students who took part in this competition. You have showcased our shared experiences and our multiracial and multicultural society in an authentic and moving way. Thank you for capturing these wonderful stories and bringing to life the familiar sights and sounds of Singapore. I hope that your works will inspire more talented filmmaking enthusiasts to continue telling our Singapore Story together.
- Thank you, and congratulations to all the winners!