Public service commendation

12 August 2015 | General News
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Mr Dhanabalan, who was conferred the Order of Temasek (1st Class), on the occasion of the NUS Alumini Awards 2009, where he received the Eminent Alumni Award

Singapore paid tribute to the unstinting public service efforts of NUS Eminent Alumnus Mr Suppiah Dhanabalan, Chairman of the NUS Business School Management Advisory Board, NUS Pro-Chancellor Mr Stephen Lee, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, among other faculty and staff during the country's Golden Jubilee National Day.

Mr Dhanabalan, Director, Board of GIC Private Limited; Member, Council of Presidential Advisers; Member, Presidential Council for Minority Rights; and Member, Temasek Trust Board of Trustees, was awarded the Order of Temasek (1st Class), the only one to be honoured with the award this year.

Mr Lee was the sole recipient of the Order of Nila Utama (1st Class) this year. A prominent business leader, Mr Lee was appointed as NUS Pro-Chancellor from 29 April 2015. Contributing significantly to both the public and private sectors, Mr Lee is Chairman of Singapore Airlines, SIA Engineering, and NTUC Income Insurance. He is Senior International Advisor of Temasek International Advisory and Member of the National Wages Council as well, and sits on the Council of Presidential Advisers.

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Mr Lee was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (1st Class), the sole recipient of the award this year

Prof Tan was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards this year. NUS President since 2008, Prof Tan is also Chairman, Board of the National University Health System; Deputy Chairman, Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Senior Advisor, Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School; and Member, Board of Directors, Monetary Authority of Singapore. Prof Tan has previously received the Public Service Star in 2003 for his outstanding contributions to overcoming SARS in Singapore, and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2004 for his work as Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health.

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Prof Tan received the Meritorious Service Medal

Two members of the NUS Board of Trustees were also honoured. Mdm Kay Kuok, Chairman, Board of Directors, National Healthcare Group was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal while Mr Lucas Chow, Chairman, Health Promotion Board, received the Public Service Medal. Mr Paul Ma, a former NUS Board Member and currently a co-opted member of the NUS Board of Trustees Audit Committee, was also conferred the Public Service Medal.

Mr Gopinath Pillai, Executive Chairman, NUS Institute of South Asian Studies, and Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy to Andhra Pradesh, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received the Meritorious Service Medal. Professor Brenda Yeoh, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver).

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) and Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences; Associate Professor Grace Ong, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry; and Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine received the Long Service Medal.

Selected NUS recipients of the National Day Awards 2015 are:

The Order of Temasek (1st Class)

Mr Suppiah Dhanabalan
Chairman, NUS Business School Management Advisory Board
Former Chairman, Temasek Holdings
Member, Council of Presidential Advisers


The Order Of Nila Utama (First Class)

Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen
NUS Pro-Chancellor
Immediate Past President, Singapore National Employers Federation


The Meritorious Service Medal

Prof Tan Chorh Chuan
NUS President

Mdm Kay Kuok Onn Kwong
NUS Board Member
Chairman, Board of Directors, National Healthcare Group

Mr Gopinath Pillai
Executive Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The Public Administration Medal (Gold) (Bar)

Mr Leong Keng Thai
Member, Management Board, NUS Interactive & Digital Media Institute
Deputy Chief Executive & Director-General
Competition & Enabling Infrastructure, Development Wing
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore


The Public Administration Medal (Gold)

Mr Chua Chong Kheng
Member, Department Consultative Committee, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Deputy Chief Executive, Infrastructure & Development
Land Transport Authority

Assoc Prof Benjamin Ong Kian Chung
Member, Duke-NUS Governing Board
Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health


The Public Administration Medal (Silver)

Mr Nicholas Kong Ming Leong
Chief Investment Officer
Investment Office

Prof Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor, Department of Geography


The Public Administration Medal (Bronze)

Assoc Prof Chan Wai Meng
Associate Professor, Centre for Language Studies
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Prof Mohan S Kankanhalli
Vice Provost (Graduate Education), Office of the Provost
Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Computing

Assoc Prof Eugene Liu Hern Choon
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesia


The Commendation Medal

Ms Karen Chan May Ling
Associate Director
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Ms Jane Foo Chwee Ping
Associate Director
Dean's Office, Faculty of Engineering

Ms Selena Gan Geok Hong
Administrative Director
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore

Ms Clara Peh Chin Wah
Associate Director
Office of Human Resources

Mdm Teh Wei Fong
Senior Associate Director
Dean's Office, Faculty of Science


The Public Service Medal

Mr Lucas Chow Wing Keung
NUS Board Member
Chairman, Health Promotion Board

Prof Duane J Gubler
Professor, Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS
Chairman, Dengue Expert Advisory Panel
National Environment Agency

Prof K Ranga Rama Krishnan
Professor, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program, Duke-NUS
Chairman, National Medical Research Council

Mr Paul Ma Kah Woh
Former NUS Board Member
Member, NUS Audit Committee


The Efficiency Medal

Mdm How Yoke Leng
Assistant Manager
Centre for English Language Communication

Mdm Koh Mui Gek
Management Assistant Officer
Department of Geography

Mr Ong Kok Hoo
Management Assistant Officer
Office of Human Resources

Ms Faridah Binte Sa'adon
Management Assistant Officer
Department of Paediatrics

Mdm Soo Sor Hoon
Management Assistant Officer
Office of Resource Planning

View the full list of NUS recipients of the National Day Awards 2015.

See media coverage.