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Acara Penghormatan Generasi Merdeka

Perdana Menteri Lee Hsien Loong menjadi tuan rumah kepada lebih 200 wakil Generasi Merdeka pada satu acara Penghormatan di Taman di Persisiran (Gardens by the Bay). Mereka termasuk sukarelawan berdedikasi, pegawai awam, pemimpin perniagaan dan rakyat jelata dari berbagai lapisan masyarakat yang kebanyakannya aktif melayani komuniti dan negara mereka hari ini.

Video Generasi Merdeka yang bertumpu pada tema "Tangan yang Membentuk Negara" ditayangkan di majlis buat kali pertama. Video tersebut menggunakan simbol tangan untuk memaparkan tekad, kesungguhan dan harapan Generasi Merdeka sepanjang tahun pembangunan negara kita. Rakyat Singapura akan dapat menonton video di saluran percuma ke udara, pawagam tertentu dan pelbagai platfom termasuk halaman YouTube Gov.sg.


Para tetamu juga turut disajikan dengan persembahan oleh para pencinta kebudayaan dan ahli-ahli Generasi Merdeka Dick Lee, Jacinta Abisheganaden, Mel Ferdinands dan Rahimah Rahim. Mereka memulakan lagu Merdeka Sayang alunan lagu asal kecintaan ramai Rasa Sayang. Disunting oleh Dick Lee, lirik yang menampilkan kebanggaan Generasi Merdeka untuk peranan penting yang dimainkan dalam membentuk kemajuan Singapura dan penerapan semangat yang mereka lakukan dan terus melestarikannya ke hari ini.

Untuk menggamit kenangan silam di Singapura, mural seni yang menggambarkan pemandangan lama Singapura seperti penjaja jalanan dan perumahan HDB lama dipasang untuk membolehkan para tamu mengenang masa lalu saat mereka meraikan sumbangan mereka untuk Singapura.

LYRICS TO “MERDEKA SAYANG” SONG

Opening
Rasa Sayang hey! Rasa Sayang Sayang hey!
Hey, lihat nona jauh! Rasa sayang sayang, hey~ Hoi!

Verse 1
Once upon a time, I was only three
And our Singapore had no HDB
Home was in a kampong far from town
Or a small old house, a bit run down
But the country grew, and then so did we
‘Cause we saw the possibilities
We didn’t know we could come this far
At the time, we just say, “Just try, lah!”
Then, our TV was in black and white
Now the city lights, ah - a bit so bright!
Even though got hardships, we moved on
Before bus don’t even have aircon
Eh, to make this change, we have played our part.
Ya, we work so hard, but still young at heart 
Let’s hear it for us - like the lion’s roar
Going SINGA - SINGA - PORE!
Una, renda, moona

CHORUS
We’re the Merdekas
Proud to be right where we are
Merdeka Generation
Merdekas have come so far hoi!

Verse 2
When we were in school, life was oh, so slow
Then it changed, and we were Go! Go! Go!
Then came factories and technology
See the joke she sent me - so funny! 
With our silver hair, we still contribute
With this attitude, we can still dress cute
With our satay, prata, chye tow kuay 
We got much more fats to burn away
We stay healthy in our small red dot 
Medisave, Medishield, every Medi also got
Some more now we all got MGP
Giving subsidies, we lagi happy
Going hospital? Never mind, don’t scared
Medisave top-up so you can relak
Guess we couldn’t really ask for more 
Here in SINGA - SINGA - PORE!
Satu, dua, tiga

CHORUS
We’re the Merdekas
Proud to be right where we are
Merdeka Generation
Merdekas we’ve come so far hoi!

Yi, One, Er, Two, San, Three!

REPEAT CHORUS
We’re the Merdekas
Proud to be right where we are
Merdeka Generation
Merdekas we’ve come so far hoi!

Original music and Lyrics by Dick Lee
Performed by Dick Lee, Rahimah Rahim, Jacintha Abisheganaden & Mel Ferdinands
Re-arranged and produced by George Leong Recording Studio
Mixing by Horus Studio Pte Ltd
Coordinator: Bryan Tan
Licensed by: WMG (on behalf of WM Singapore)