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PM Lee ‘stunned & terrified’ to sing, but does so gamely on Catholic High alumni video

The PM sportingly sang the school song and was later commended by the composer of the video clip for "singing from the heart"




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Singapore — The latest video on YouTube where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can be seen singing was released on October 13, just a few days ago. All for a good cause—as he joins the Catholic High School alumni for the school’s 50th anniversary video.

PM Lee wrote on his Facebook page on October 16, Wednesday, that he was “pleasantly surprised” to have been asked to join the other alumni for the song, but that he was “actually stunned and terrified” because he was “never a very good singer!”

He also highlighted the importance of the alumni association in his post, and said that he hoped the organization would continue to do the good work it has been doing.

Congratulations to Catholic High Alumni Singapore on their 50th anniversary! I was pleasantly surprised (actually…

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Congratulations to Catholic High Alumni Singapore on their 50th anniversary! I was pleasantly surprised (actually stunned and terrified  🙂) when they asked me to join other Catholic High alumni to sing the school song for their anniversary video. It has been years since I attended morning assembly, and I still remember the words, though I was never a very good singer!
The alumni association plays an important role connecting former students with their alma mater. I hope the alumni will continue contributing to the school, as well as promote the values of care, honesty, and service. – LHL”
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The video, where a somewhat nervous-looking Mr Lee sings alone as well as in a frame with others, can be viewed here.

Commenting on his post, Catholic High Alumni Singapore thanked the Prime Minister for gamely saying yes to singing for the video, and  for serving as an inspiration to the group. “Your presence has spurred us to do our very best for our school.”

The composer of video clip also commended PM Lee for “singing from the heart,” and said that the people behind the scenes had been as nervous, if not more so, as the Prime Minister had been.

CheeWei Tay wrote, “Hey Mr Lee Hsien Loong, you did great singing the school song.. (i’m the composer for the short film). It’s about singing from the heart, and you did just that!

To be honest, the the director and crew were equally as nervous as you were (if not more nervous!).. but it all went well!!”

To which PM Lee replied, “Thanks for your kind words, and for the hard work put in by you and your colleagues! It was a touching film, and brought back fond memories of the old Queen Street Campus.” 

The school’s website says “Catholic High School (CHS) is one of Singapore’s highly regarded institutions under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. It is a Catholic institution but enrols both Catholic and non-Catholic students.

As a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school, CHS is grounded in the philosophy of bilingualism and biculturalism. Offering the unique Dual Track model with both the O-Level Programme (OP) and Integrated Programme (IP), the CHS experience offers a curriculum strong in academic distinctions, leadership and character development, and sports and aesthetics excellence. In over 80 years’ of educating students, CHS has nurtured a crop of leaders and professionals in various fields who give back to society and our school.” -/TISG

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