The Marina Bay Floating Platform was built in 2007 as a temporary stage while the National Stadium is being rebuilt.
It will be replaced by NS Square, a permanent space that will serve as the main venue for future NDPs and also as a multipurpose space for community activities.
Work at NS Square was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are rescheduled to start in March 2023 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2026.
“I miss the floating platform very much. It’s a heavenly dream for show producers,” said Dr. Ng, showing Chinook helicopters, fighter jets and divers, shows and plays.
“I don’t think we can ask for a better place,” he added.
The last NDP was held in Padang was in 2019.
A small parade was also held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a small event dedicated to frontline workers.
The National Stadium last hosted the NDP in 2016. Last month, it was announced that the government agency Sports Singapore will take over ownership and control of the Singapore Sports Hub, including the National Stadium, from 9 December.
This year’s NDP celebration will extend to the heart as well as the previous year, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a full-scale show from taking place.
“There are Red Lions and there is a Heartland celebration,” Dr. Ng said, adding that there will also be a Fighter Fly Pass.
“I think this is one way we can reach out to more Singaporeans to celebrate National Foundation Day, and we will continue to do so.”