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SG50 Sing-Along gathered over 10,000 people in mass singing

Singapore, 11 July 2015 - Over 10,000 people, together with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, participated in the SG50 Sing-Along (SG50万人大家唱) tonight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  The mass singing event was jointly presented by the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and People's Association (PA), in conjunction with SG50 celebrations this year.

PM Lee was the Guest of Honour for the event and he went on stage to sing the finale song 'Moonlight in the City' (城里的月光).  

The objective of SG50 Sing-Along was to celebrate the spirit of Singapore through a collective memory of local songs which were popular from the 1950s to today. 


Mr Anthony Tan, Executive Vice President, Chinese Media Group, SPH, said: "The songs tonight have brought back common memories that we share. The Chinese Media group is pleased to present this event as our SG50 gift to the nation. We would also like to show our appreciation to PM Lee and the 10,000 strong audience in singing the familiar tunes that we call our own."

The event was supported by 50 Singapore entrepreneurs who took part in the mass singing. These established local brands gathered to celebrate their unique Singapore identity through songs which they could relate to.  


Mr George Quek Meng Tong, Chairman, Breadtalk Group Limited, who is also Chairman of SG50 Sing-Along Organising Committee, said: "There are many local enterprises that we grow up with. The stories of these brands reflect the essence of the Singapore story.  I appreciate the enthusiastic support of the 50 enterprises in the SG50 Sing-Along. Just like a cup of local 'Kopi-O' (black coffee) which is bitter sweet, the Singapore spirit is such that we will first taste the bitterness before we taste the eventual sweetness."

Mr Seng Han Thong, MP of Ang Mo Kio GRC, and Adviser to SG50 Sing-Along Organising Committee, said: "Tonight, as we enjoy the familiar Singapore songs of the last 50 years, it also brought back memories of what we have been through over the years.  The feeling is particularly good. Everyone's spirits are high. This is truely Singapore."

Leading the mass singing were Singapore's veteran singers such as Maggie Teng (邓妙华), Roy Li (黎沸挥)and Jimmy Ye (叶良俊).

A highlight of the programme was the creative live sketching by highly-acclaimed architect-planner Dr Liu Thai Ker on stage.  The artwork was then presented to PM Lee by Mr George Quek, the organising chairman of SG50 Sing-Along. 

Mr Ang Hak Seng, BBM, Chief Executive Directive, PA, said: “In partnership with the 50 local entrepreneurs, SG50 Sing-Along has received tremendous response.  4,000 members of the PAssionArts Community Singing Network participated actively with other residents to sing Singapore songs to celebrate National Day, showing their affection for Singapore. PA will continue to create more platforms for residents to bond together through their love for singing.”

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For more information, please contact:

Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1553
Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.


Other Businesses


Online Classified

SPH's online classified include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.


Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 
 
Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.