I have been singing the Singapore national anthem for years and recently embraced its beauty.
“Majulah, Singapore” means Onward, Singapore.
Such a beautiful wish for a young nation struggling to its feet in 1965. No blaming. Looking forward
To a nation of immigrants, Zubir Said, the composer of the anthem described his inspiration from a Malay proverb “Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung” (“You should hold up the sky of the land where you live”)
Zubir is also remembered for his composition “Semoga Bahagia” (“May You Achieve Happiness”) which was aimed at primary-school students, advising them to work hard for their future.
As we celebrate Children’s Day this week, let us remember that Happiness is not about doing well in exams but the many qualities expressed in Zubir’s song. A life worth living.