I have quoted Chan about his articles on Chinese food in the previous posting since they are related to my topic on street-hawkers and Elvis' hit Crawfish.
But in keeping with this blog's music theme, I wish to highlight readers on his topic, Anthems (page 130-132) where he discusses the five major national anthems Singaporeans had to sing before Zubir Said's masterpiece, Majullah Singapura.
According to Chan, senior citizens, who have lived through the days of the British, "the fearful Japanese" and the Malay peninsula, "can modestly claim to vocalise five, or maybe six anthems (page 130)."
These songs would include:
1. God Save The King,
3. God Save The Queen, and
4. Negara Ku.
5. San Min Zhu Yi, Nationalist China's anthem was sung during colonial days by Chinese students.
The Indians had their own anthem in Hindi spurred on by their "patriotic fervour" of Indian nationalism. (As a child I learnt the two British National Anthem, the Malayan one and remember a little of San Min Zhu Yi.)
Before settling as a writer, he was an office assistant, a fitter, a pilot trainee, a businessman. He authored Long Life, a fortnightly column for The Straits Times Press Singapore from 1998 to 2002. Chan, who was born in 1930 passed on in 2002.