Singapore National Pledge

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An animated display at the National Museum of Singapore featuring a portion of the National Pledge. The remainder of the Pledge, which does not appear in the photograph, is "[... so as to achieve ha]ppiness, prosperity and progress for our nation".

The Singapore National Pledge is an oath of allegiance to Singapore. It is commonly recited by Singaporeans in unison at public events, especially in schools, in the Singapore Armed Forces and during the National Day Parade.

In October 1965, Mr William Cheng, Principal Assistant Secretary of Administration of the Ministry of Education, mooted the idea of a pledge to inculcate national consciousness and patriotism in schools. The idea gained the support of then Minister for Education, Mr Ong Pang Boon, who gave the task of drafting the pledge to Mr Philip Liau, Advisor on Textbooks and Syllabuses, and Mr George Thomson, Director of the Political Study Centre.

Mr Ong sent the two drafts to the late Mr S. Rajaratnam, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, for his comments. After that, the draft underwent another round of revisions by Ministry officials as well as then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew before submission to the Cabinet for final approval.

From August 1966 onwards, students began reciting the National Pledge before the start of each school day. As not many schools then had open areas for morning assemblies, the Pledge was initially recited mainly in classrooms. Since then, the National Pledge has been recited during National Day occasions, the National Day Parade and school assemblies. The original English text was also translated into Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

According to the late Mr S. Rajaratnam, the Pledge emerged against the backdrop of a vital struggle to forge a sense of nationhood and build “a Singapore we are proud of”. He believed that language, race and religion were potentially divisive factors and used the Pledge to emphasise that these differences could be overcome if Singaporeans were united in their commitment to the country.

The Pledge[edit]

The National Pledge is:

English version[edit]

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.

Malay version[edit]

Kami, warganegara Singapura,
sebagai rakyat yang bersatu padu,
tidak kira apa bangsa, bahasa, atau agama, untuk membina suatu masyarakat yang demokratik,
berdasarkan keadilan dan kesaksamaan
demi mencapai kebahagiaan,
kemakmuran dan kemajuan bagi negara kami.

Chinese version[edit]

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Pinyin



Wǒ men shì Xīnjiāpō gōngmín,
shìyuàn bù fēn zhǒngzú, yányǔ, zōngjiào, tuánjié yīzhì,
jiànshè gōngzhèng píngděng de mínzhǔ shèhuì,
bìng wèi shíxiàn guójiā zhī xìngfú, fánróng yǔ jìnbù, gòngtóng nǔlì.

Tamil version[edit]

Tamil script Romanization

சிங்கப்பூர் குடிமக்களாகிய நாம், இனம், மொழி, மதம்
ஆகிய வேற்றுமைகளை மறந்து ஒன்றுபட்டு, நம் நாடு
மகிழ்ச்சி, வளம் முன்னேற்றம் ஆகியவற்றை அடையும் வண்ணம்
சமத்துவத்தையும், நீதியையும் அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்ட
ஜனநாயக சமுதாயத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்கு
உறுதி மேற்கொள்வோமாக.

Singapoor Kudimakkalaagiya naam, inam, mozhi, madham

aaghiya vaetrumaeygalai marranthu, ondrupattu, nam naadu

magizhchi, valam, munnethram aaghiya-vatrai adaiyum vannam

samathuva-thayum, niithiyaiyum adippadaiyaaga kondha

jananaayagha samuthaayathai uruvaakuvatharku

uruthi merkolvommagal.

Guidelines for usage[edit]

The Singapore government's guidelines for the use of the pledge are:

  1. The National Pledge is recited in schools on all school days, either in the morning or afternoon, during SAF Day, during the National Day Parade, and at National Day Observance Ceremonies.
  2. Individuals reciting the Pledge shall clench their right fists to the left side of their chests as a gesture to symbolise loyalty to the nation.
  3. The Pledge shall not be used for any commercial purposes. (However, the pledge is used as the bridge of the National Day song "We are Singapore".)


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