Total Defence Day falls on 15 February, the day Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942 during World War II. It serves as a reminder to Singaporeans that everyone has a part to play in defending our country.
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We were recently invited to the Total Defence Conference that was held at Food For Thought, National Museum of Singapore, and there, we managed to scoop up some exciting news about the Total Defence campaign for this year!

The concept of Total Defence was introduced in 1984 and it serves to highlight the important role that every Singaporean plays in the defence of Singapore! Even till today, Total Defence is still relevant and it is Singapore’s comprehensive defence strategy that encompasses five key aspects; military, civil, economic, social, and psychological defence.

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What does it take to keep our country safe, our people united, and our future secure?

With the theme, “30 Years of Total Defence: Because You Played A Part”, the 2014 Total Defence campaign seeks to reaffirm the role that everyday Singaporeans have played, whether big or small, individually or part of a larger group, in keeping our country strong, safe, and secure over the years.

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A nine-day interactive exhibition, “Total Defence 30: An Experiential Showcase” will be held at the National Museum of Singapore from 15 to 23 February 2014 and it presents insightful and honest perspectives on how Singaporeans from different walks of life make meaning of Total Defence in their daily lives.

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Visitors to National Museum of Singapore can also catch the forum theatre performance, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” which will be staged across the nine days. The play transports the audience to the year 2022 where crisis scenarios that Singapore may face in the future unfold on stage and members of the audience are invited to participate and comment during this interactive performance. Bringing audience experience to a more personal and reflective level, the forum theatre aims to encourage the audience to evaluate their values and priorities and find new ways of tackling challenges.

Other activities available to the public during the nine days of the interactive exhibition include a Total Defence Walking Trail, which will bring participants back to the year 1942, when Singapore fell to the Japanese.

As part of the 2014 Total Defence campaign to commemorate 30 years of Total Defence, a short film to bring out the theme “30 Years of Total Defence: Because You Played A Part” was also commissioned.

Titled “Hands”, the two-minute film comprises five mini-stories, inspired by real stories of everyday Singaporeans, and it expresses the different ways that Singaporeans have played a part in Total Defence. It is directed by award-winning local filmmaker, Mr Meng Ong.

Event Details

Total Defence 30: An Experiential Showcase

Sat 15 Feb, Fri 21 Feb and Sat 22 Feb | 9am to 10pm
Sun 16 Feb – Thu 20 Feb and Sun 23 Feb | 9am to 8pm

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road
Singapore 178897

Admission Fees:

Now, 15 February is one day after Valentine’s Day and if you’re racking your brains for some ideas about how you can spend some meaningful and quality time with your family members and loved ones, you might want to consider heading down to the National Museum of Singapore that weekend. Who knows, when you are at the National Museum of Singapore, you might unknowingly discover that even up till today, you are still playing an active role and contributing towards Total Defence.

For more information about the Total Defence 2014 campaign, visit Total Defence Singapore’s Website.


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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