President Halimah Designs Her Own Mickey To Celebrate National Day

Mickey Mouse Captured Doing “Singapore Stuff” For The First Time, Like Hawking Satay

Few would expect Mickey Mouse to embark on a career as a satay hawker.

But actor Mr Desmond Tan saw a future for the iconic character in our local food scene, and armed him with a rattan fan and four sticks of satay.


As part of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and Singapore’s 53rd National Day, local personalities have decorated 90 60cm tall Mickey Mouse figurines, now on display at Raffles City.


President Halimah Yacob and artists such as JJ Lin and Nathan Hartono took part in Disney’s “Mickey Go Local” campaign — which aims to reconnect Singaporeans with the iconic character.

Consequently, the design of each figurine embodies a unique aspect of Singapore society, or a wish we harbour for our nation.

Mickey, President Halimah-style

President Halimah proved her mettle as she exhibited her artistic flair.

Her version of the mouse dons a shirt displaying the President’s Challenge Logo.

President Halimah’s Mickey

You can watch her unveil her creation here:

Take pics with JJ Lin & Nathan Hartono’s creations

Look closely and you will observe our iconic Nyonya Kebaya design on the trousers worn by Nathan Hartono’s Mickey.

Mr Hartono’s Mickey

Meanwhile, JJ Lin has gone for a monochrome Mickey, which we think looks rather dapper.

JJ Lin’s Mickey

Members of the public can take the opportunity to do good too.

For every Instagram pic taken with any of the 90 Mickey figurines, accompanied by these hashtags:

  • #RCSArtsinthecityPC
  • #Mickey90
  • #MickeyGoLocal
  • #CapitaLand
  • #CHFPC

CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) will donate $10 to the President’s Challenge.

Snag Nasi Lemak Mickey cushions

Of course, Disney hasn’t overlooked our national pastime — shopping.

Shopaholics will be doubly delighted to find their favourite childhood character emblazoned on pillows that could become your tummy’s best friend.


Look out for other specially-made “Micky Go Local” merchandise at the Raffles City exhibition.


Or in a shoutout to our past, Samsui Minnies.


Samsui women, easily recognised by their red headgear, were women who worked as labourers in the construction industry during Singapore’s early days.

Acts of kindness

CHF has pledged to donate $300,000 to the President’s challenge.

As of now, they’ve announced that they will donate $10,000 for President Halimah’s figurine, and $2,000 for every other artwork.

From Steamboat Willie to Nasi Lemak Mickey

Mickey has come a long way from his Steamboat Willie days, but we’re sure Singaporeans will welcome every variation of him.

The details for this month-long exhibition are as follows:

Event: Disney’s “Mickey Go Local” Exhibition
Date: 1 August to 29 August 2018
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: Level 1, Raffles City Singapore, 252 North Bridge Road

Admission is free, so we’ll see you there!

Featured image from President Halimah and Alvinology

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