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Singapore has forged a niche in the global marketplace that is out of proportion to its modest size and population.
Series : Mini Dragons | Episode : 2 | Year : 1991 | Total Duration : 58 Minutes | Producer : Shunya Hirano, Nobuko Akiyama , Geoff Barnes, David Vassar, David Rabinovitch
Opening graphics depicting South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan on a map as the new economic powers. Focus to Singapore.
Access No. 130401 | 1 min 23 secs | 1990s | Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good low angle circling shot of high-rise city buildings and tilt to cymbal playing Singaporean men. Tracking shots of men with festive paper dragons on car roof. Aerial zoom out from car to multi laned freeway to cityscape.
Access No. 130402 | 49 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia. | © NFSA | Colour |
CU computer screen and MS row of workers on computer terminals. Track along computers and operators on phones. Tilt up enormously high cylindrical skyscraper. VS multiracial population. GS open plan office containing several workers at desks. CU woman operating computer program via PC writing tablet.
Access No. 130403 | 35 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS school children in Singaporean school using computers. VS multimedia used in everyday life from computer screens in shops, banks of video screens. Tilt from internal bubble elevator to escalators in multilevel shopping centre. GS Asian women trying on hats. Track past modern sculpture in city business sector.
Access No. 130404 | 42 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Alan Pathmarajah at financial conference delivering motivational speech to large number of attendees. Commercial campaign showing VS Singapore in orange light using western advertising techniques and English theme song.
Access No. 130405 | 1 min 47 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS politician Loh Meng See of the People's Action Party ascending elevator to be formally greeted by supporters and Lion dancers. VS Loh Meng See in midst of toast. VS night scenes with colourfully lit up boats on canal, high shot over bustling night life and coloured lights over streets. VS young women of Malay, Indian and Chinese extraction shopping and eating in night markets.
Access No. 130406 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young Chinese woman in Singapore Airlines uniform greeting her Malay friend who arrives for interview. MS Anita Mohammed being interviewed. Singapore Airlines commercial with VS people, customs and scenery.
Access No. 130407 | 1 min 29 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young women having meal together. CUs Vasantha Raja-gopal preparing fruit in family home and VS with family. Mother preparing pancake over stove. MS Vasantha in nightclub watching jazz musician Jeremy Montiero playing piano. VS nightclub patrons.
Access No. 130408 | 1 min 30 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt up government building for Psychological Denfense Unit. GS Director of unit watching government advertisement on video with Jeremy Montiero. MS Jeremy meeting with Australian Jim Atkinson collaborating on campaign song.
Access No. 130409 | 1 min 44 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Singapore's Indian population celebrating Thaipusam. CUs young women in traditional dress, small girl with fingers blocking ears. VS men performing body and face piercing rituals. High shot over celebrating crowds.
Access No. 130410 | 1 min 29 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS man intoning Islamic call to prayer over microphone in mosque. VS people in prayer in mosque. Archival footage of street riots in the 1960s with VS clashes with police. MS protesters being arrested.
Access No. 130411 | 57 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival footage of a young Lee Kuan Yew speaking on a panel. Later footage of Lee Kuan Yew arriving with entourage to polite welcome from supporters. Singaporean commercial showing various aspects of Singapore's successes with young singers singing in English.
Access No. 130412 | 1 min 25 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS land reclamation showing shovels working in open cut mines, drilling and barges transporting materials. Aerial zoom out over freeway running next to water pipes connected to Malaysia. High angle pan of Singapore with city skyline in mid ground.
Access No. 130413 | 1 min 5 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial tracks of jet fighter plane climbing and flipping in air followed by Air Force commercial. VS international media arriving and setting up to cover the official opening of Asian Aerospace 90. VS arms dealers, armed forces representatives, video screens, cameramen and speakers on stage.
Access No. 130414 | 1 min 48 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt to Air Force jet fighters formation flying . VS expo-style stands at Asian Aerospace 90. Air Force commercial. VS band playing traditional instruments under marquee on lawns of ministerial grounds where the ruling party celebrates New Year. VS people greeting next Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong including Loh Meng See and family. VS autograph signings.
Access No. 130415 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU painted face of New Year dragon and VS dragons on float. GS parliamentarian Loh Meng See greeting expat Chinese merchants. VS Loh Meng See sitting down to meal with merchants and addressing table. WS City with traffic, McDonalds outlet and apartment blocks seen behind electric train travelling on overbridge.
Access No. 130416 | 1 min 42 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Jeremy Montiero playing keyboard whilst cradling telephone and speaking on phone then playing and singing jingle for Singapore promotion. WS College campus and VS traffic and students. CUs Alan Pathmarajah discussing the country's economic future with tertiary students.
Access No. 130417 | 2 mins 43 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Keppels Shipyard with huge container ships tied to docks. MS Loh Meng See walking through shipyard talking to union representatives. VS Loh Meng See in union meeting around boardroom table. VS in industrial cafeteria with men gathered around tables eating in a variety of ways. CUs multiracial faces speaking in government commercial.
Access No. 130418 | 2 mins 36 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival footage of harbour when it was mainly a fishing village and GS of Malay fisherman steering boat by pushing oar with his shoulder. VS archival footage of bullock teams hauling goods up crowded Singapore streets full of merchants and laundry strewn on rods above shops and over streets.
Access No. 130419 | 22 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Malay neighbourhood in Singapore showing street traffic, shops and backstreet. VS Malays and track of Hj Abdul Kadir walking along street carrying briefcase. VS Kadir walking into office, greeting fellow staff and working at desk in his office. VS people shopping at markets. VS Kadir talking to markets butcher.
Access No. 130420 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS apartment windows lit up at night. MS stack of shoes strewn around doorway. Tilt to Malay family seated in circle on floor in Muslim prayer. GS Malay women preparing food in kitchen. Zoom to small boy reading prayers with family on floor. High angle WS over city square.
Access No. 130421 | 1 min 12 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Malay boys in glasses reading in Islamic school. MS teacher in shawl covering head and shoulders, VS students reciting. VS similar classes of all girls in class, all wearing headdresses. Singaporean coeducational classroom with no students wearing head attire, nor teacher.
Access No. 130422 | 1 min 4 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Anita Mohammed and Vasantha Raja-gopal arriving at Singapore Airlines Training Centre. Singapore Airlines commercial. VS trainees role playing passengers in aircraft simulator. VS Vasantha and other trainees watching make-up demonstration. ECU eye make-up being applied to model. VS class and trainer.
Access No. 130424 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS of Singapore. GS casual office meeting between musicians Jeremy Montiero and Jim Atkinson and director of Psychological Defence Unit. VS young Singaporean women. Government commercial promoting dating. VS people dancing and flashing coloured lights in disco. VS young Singaporeans drinking at disco bar.
Access No. 130426 | 2 mins 47 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Loh Meng See driving car. Pan to wife and children in back of car then entering friend's house after removing shoes and shaking hands in greeting. Commercial about introductions. Loh Meng See seated at office desk. MS on streets meeting constituents. Commercial encouraging professional people to have more children.
Access No. 130427 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Meeting of Ministry of Health around oval table. Various committee members discussing ways to entice the population to breed. VS members of Health Committee at advertising agency looking at story board. Pro-family commercial showing family having fun.
Access No. 130428 | 2 mins 59 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Track of couple walking hand in hand in matching coloured shirts. Tilt up high-rise building. Couple arriving at family apartment and VS having New Year dinner at table. Brother saying Grace. VS eating (note Asian utensils) and toasting. Couple unloading car. Commercial encouraging couples to have children young.
Access No. 130429 | 2 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS exterior of Housing Development Board with sculptures in foreground. Young woman inspecting models of new apartment complexes. High angle shots of high-rise apartments, MS people eating seen from outside windows and clothes hanging from apartment windows.
Access No. 130430 | 44 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS buses past high-rise apartments and others under construction. GS receptionist wearing headset in communications room. CU computer screen and GS office. CU posters on wall. VS people gathered around large sheets of housing plans spread over tables at the Housing Development Board.
Access No. 130431 | 54 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS people seated awaiting turn at counter. VS women, couples, woman with baby all waiting. MS young woman, Alice, at desk with interviewer. VS Alice speaking on pay phone. Track of politicians entering satellite conference as audience applauds and rises.
Access No. 130440 | 1 min 12 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
Panel at Satellite Conference. Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew's son, being introduced and MS speaking at podium and zoom to image on broadcasting screen. Graduation day for Anita and Vasantha to Singapore Airline crew. GS walking to stage and accepting envelopes and shaking hands with officials.
Access No. 130441 | 1 min 21 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Jeremy Montiero on telephone. VS people performing on stage for Singapore commercial in large auditorium.
Access No. 130442 | 2 mins 5 secs | 1990s | Singapore, Asia | © NFSA | Colour |