God save the Key! Long live the Key!

Feb 12, 2016 05.57PM |
God save the Key
Illustration by Natassya Diana

by Alvin Pang

DO WE sing the national anthem to the President? In a recent interview with The Straits Times about his views on the presidency, former President S R Nathan likened the role to the Queen of England, apart from holding the key to the nation’s reserves:

“Unlike the United States, where the President has executive powers, Singapore practises a system akin to the United Kingdom’s, where the Queen is the head of state but has little power. So I often get asked why I keep quiet when everybody is singing Majulah Singapura on National Day. Yes, they are singing to me. I’m standing there! This is symbolic of the country. I don’t expect to sing to myself!”

Actually, most of us probably sing to no one in particular (or maybe to the nation) rather to our head of state – no matter what the former president thinks. But if we did (as the Brits do), how about this localised version of “God save the Queen”?


God save our Second Key!
Long live our chosen Key!
God save the Key!
Send you victorious,
Most meritorious,
Long to Preside o’er us:
God save the Key!

All rivalry shall cease;
Scatter your enemies,
And make them fall:
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their audit tricks,
The competition fix:
To save us all.

Our choicest funds in store,
Are yours to guard or pour,
May you defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing you with one voice,
God save the Key!


Featured image by Natassya Diana.

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