Sing our songs
I remember the year 1962 as a student in high school having to learn national songs as we prepared for our independence.
We all felt a sense of pride to be singing songs about "many varied races'', "in our liberty" etc. The singing of national songs was expected at school functions leading up to Independence and Republic Day.
Today's young people do not seem to know the lyrics or tunes to these nation-building songs. It makes one wonder if that could be a reason for the callousness displayed among some of the youth today.
I love to sing the National Anthem, but I am forced to listen to a recording or a soloist (vocal or pan) when I attend functions.
The school broadcasting programmes did a good job of promoting the nation's songs, but alas! No more school broadcasts!
Radio stations can fill the gap at least during the weeks approaching the national holidays. The Ministry of Education can declare a national song week as a means of promoting national pride among the children.
On another note, I agree with Louis Lee Sing's idea of compulsory national service for all within a specific age group. This is one sure way of curbing the crime situation.