Sang Nila Utama, Radin Mas, Badang and the Singapore Stone are just a few of the many myths and legends told in our youths.
There is one that is so widely favoured that it has become nothing less than an icon on our small little Island.
The Merlion is a mythical guardian that emerged from the depths of the southern waters of Singapore. Our beloved Guardian; a massive creature, half-lion, half fish, battled with the stormy night. As it claimed its victory, it stood proudly on Mount Imbiah of Pulau Belakang Mati.
Where is that you may ask? Pulau Belakang Mati is now proudly known as Sentosa.
And therein lies our tallest Merlion statue, which will be eradicated soon to make way for a $90 million Sentosa Sensoryscape project.
Now, there have been mixed views about demolishing.
Some say, “It’s okay.” While others, blister at the thought that our national icon will be gone.
So, we asked our audience a few questions on MYF's IG stories and through a mini-survey about what they know about our mythical symbol.
Many of our audience believes that there are only 4 Merlion statues in Singapore, when in fact, there are 5 official Merlion statues in Singapore that are recognised by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board.
Despite the many statues that Singapore have of the Merlion, the tallest Merlion statue at Sentosa Island receives the overwhelming support that it should be preserved. Through our survey, we found that 58% of our audience believes that the demolition plan will affect our heritage.
It is nonetheless important as a landmark of Singapore as a search on Google will emphasize that fact. It is an icon of importance to both Singaporeans and tourists alike.
So, what's your take on the Merlion - To save, or not to save?
What we took from our mini-experiment is that the youths care. They are not dismissive about Singapore's culture and heritage as to what many believe. Youths of Singapore have their own opinions and if given the platform, they are not afraid to share it.
Nur Fathin (@nrfathyn)
MYF Intern (@myfsg)