Over S$115m spent on NDP over past decade

Over S$115m spent on NDP over past decade

Over S$115 million has been spent on the National Day Parade (NDP) over the past 10 years.

SINGAPORE : Over S$115 million has been spent on the National Day Parade (NDP) over the past 10 years.

The highest expenditure was for NDP 2010.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen gave the breakdown in a written parliamentary reply to Workers' Party member, Gerald Giam.

This year alone, 125,000 spectators watched the parade "live" at the Marina Bay floating platform during the three National Education shows, the preview and the actual parade. Over 2 million people also viewed the show on television.

Over S$20 million was spent on NDP 2010 at the Padang, compared with some S$17 million for NDP 2011 staged at the Marina Bay floating platform.

The higher expenditure was due to the hardening of the field at the Padang so that it could withstand a heavier load as well as the putting up of LED screens and supporting towers for the visual display.

In general, Dr Ng said costs of the NDP rose substantially when held in venues like the Padang and Marina Float, compared with the National Stadium. That is because these sites require substantial preparatory work for the show and spectator stands.

Dr Ng said the NDP show accounts for about half the expenditure and includes costs of production and items like costumes, props and lighting.

The remaining expenditure is on infrastructure development and improvement works, logistics and supplies, publicity and security operations.

Manpower costs are imputed in all these items.

On average, about 10,000 Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team personnel are deployed for the NDP.

Dr Ng said few civil servants are directly involved.

Source: CNA/ms