The Singapore Pledge

August 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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The theme of this year’s National Day’s Parade is the Singapore Pledge, an oath of allegiance to Singapore. The National Pledge was written by Mr Sinnathamby Rajaratnam in 1966 shortly after Singapore’s independence, based on the dream to build “a Singapore we are proud of”. The draft text was handed to the then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who polished the text before submitting it to the Cabinet.

The National Pledge is recited in schools during assemblies, in the Singapore Armed Forces and during the National Day Parade. When reciting the Pledge, the clenched right fist is to be placed on the left side of the chest as a gesture to symbolise loyalty to the nation.

So you see, for most people, we were brought up to recite the Pledge in schools when we were young (up till college level). Other than those special occasions, like the National Day Parade, where you have the chance to attend, most adults do not recite the Pledge on a regular basis anymore. It is no wonder that some Singaporeans among us seemed to have forgotten what the Pledge had taught us. No lah, not that they have forgotten about the content and meaning of the Pledge, but they have forgotten about the correct English word used…

Er….dun understand what Itchyfingers mean? 😀 Now, try reciting the National Pledge aloud:

We, the citizens of Singapore
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality,
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

Ok…I can’t remember when was the first time I heard this ‘word’ being used. Wiki said that it might have originated from the States. Somehow, bad habit seemed to spread like wild fire…I am pretty sure many of you have heard of someone saying this ‘word’, or maybe you are guilty of using this ‘word’? 😀 So what word is that?

‘Irregardless’.

‘Irregardless’ is generally listed in dictionaries as incorrect or non-standard.

Well, since the Pledge is normally recited in schools when we were so young, chances of the younger people making this mistake should be significantly lower than those who have left schools long long time ago… :p Which means to say, those who made the mistakes are obviously not so young anymore… :p

So…when was the last time you recite the National Pledge in schools? :p?

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