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Aug 11, 2008
National Day awards
National Day Awards recognise various forms of merit and service to Singapore. This year, a total of 3514 individuals in 22 award categories received National Day honours.

Another 26 individuals and 5 organisations also received various National Day Awards and the President's Certificate of Commendation for their significant contributions towards the successful outcome of the Pedra Branca issue.

FOR SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PEDRA BRANCA CASE:

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (Bronze)

'I am so glad that my 30 years of service to the environment is given due recognition. This is indeed a fantastic way to reward people for their services and I am proud to be counted among those NEA staff who have contributed much.'
Mrs Indrani C. Rajaram, 54, Chief Scientific Officer, Pollution Control Department, National Environment Agency (NEA)


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PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL

'The medal comes as a surprise and it is an endorsement that perhaps in some small way, I am making a difference. I have never been happier doing this work that I do. It is challenging, at times frustrating, but the satisfaction comes when I see the disabled young people whom we serve landing a good job or even taking a bus independently. Take for example, swimmer Theresa Goh. We have seen her blossom from a shy girl to a confident young lady.'
Madam Anita Fam Siu Ping, 45, vice-president of the Asian Women's Welfare Association (Awwa). The former lawyer started volunteering about 15 years ago at Awwa - a charity that runs programmes for the elderly, the disabled, and other people in need.


PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL

'This award is really for everybody in the constituency. It takes a whole team to serve our residents.'
Miss Barbara Lee, 50, chairperson of Nee Soon East Women's Executive Committee and vice-chairman of Nee Soon East Community Club Management Committee


PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (Bronze)

'I am honoured to receive this award as it recognises the Singapore Prison Service's efforts in protecting society through the safe custody and rehabilitation of offenders. It is also testament to the confidence that Singaporeans have in the Service and their support in giving offenders the chance to restart their lives as responsible, contributing citizens. The award inspires my team and myself in our mission to build a safer home for all.'
Mr Chiam Jia Fong, 50, superintendent of Prisons (1), Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

For their special contributions to the Pedra Branca case:

THE ORDER OF TEMASEK (SECOND CLASS)

Chan Sek Keong, Chief Justice, Supreme Court

THE ORDER OF NILA UTAMA (FIRST CLASS)

Prof Tommy Koh Thong Bee, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

Justice Chao Hick Tin, Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court

THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Sivakant Tiwari s/o Thakurprasad Tiwari, Special Consultant, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General's Chambers

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (GOLD)

Anil Kumar s/o N.T. Nayar, Ambassador, Singapore Embassy in Brussels, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lionel Yee Woon Chin, Principal Senior State Counsel, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General's Chambers

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (SILVER)(BAR)

Pitt Kuan Wah, Director, National Archives of Singapore, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (SILVER)

Wilson Chua Ngiap Foo, (Retired Former Chief Hydrographer), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport; Ms Foo Chi Hsia, Senior Deputy Director/South-east Asia and Acting Director/International Economics, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr Kwok Fook Seng, Deputy High Commissioner and Minister Counsellor in Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Parry Oei Soe Ling, Chief Hydrographer, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport; Pang Khang Chau, Senior State Counsel, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General's Chambers; Tan Ken Hwee, Senior Assistant Registrar, Supreme Court Registry; Yeo Bock Chuan, Head, International & Operations Law Practice, Legal Services, Ministry of Defence

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (BRONZE)

Associate Professor Peter Borschberg, Lecturer, Department of History, National University of Singapore; Miss Kok Li Peng, Deputy Director/Malaysia & Brunei, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lim Guan Hock, Deputy Director, Archives Services and Organisation Management, National Archives of Singapore, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts; Lim Wee Kiat, Deputy Chief Hydrographer, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport; Ong Chin Heng, State Counsel, Attorney-General's Chambers; Kuldip Singh, Head, Centre for Heritage Services, Ministry of Defence; Daren Tang Heng Shim, State Counsel, Attorney-General's Chambers

THE COMMENDATION MEDAL

Ms Goh Mei Yee, Elaine, Assistant Director, Records Management Services, National Archives of Singapore, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

THE EFFICIENCY MEDAL

Madam Ng Yoke Lin, Assistant Director, Archives Services, National Archives of Singapore, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts; Miss Tan Yeok Ching, Joanna, Senior Librarian, National Library Board, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts; Ms Patsy Koh Mui Kiah, Technical Officer (Cartography), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport; Ms Jenny Goh Siew Ngoh, Technical Officer, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport

THE PRESIDENT'S CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION

1. Coscom (The Republic of Singapore Navy's Coastal Command)

2. Police Coast Guard, Singapore Police Force

3. Centre for Heritage Services, Mindef

4. National Archives of Singapore

5. Hydrographic Department, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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