and two teams have been chosen to receive the highest accolade for
youths - The Singapore Youth Award.
Adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow has done Singapore proud many times by
conquering mountains, such as the Everest and Mount Xixabangma.
Now he can add one more item to his list of achievements-the
Singapore Youth Award.
"The young ones look up to me and what I feel would be my greatest
contribution is to let them see me as a human being through my
failures and through my struggles and if they can say 'Hey, if a
boy-next-door can do it, I can too,'" Khoo said.
Singapore's internationally acclaimed string quartet, the T'ang
Quartet was also chosen.
They are currently in the US, after being appointed the
quartet-in-residence with the Young Artists Orchestra at the
prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
The Singapore youth award is the highest award for outstanding
youths in Singapore. To receive the award, recipients will have to
have a proven track record in their respective fields and also must
have contributed significantly to society.
And doing that since 1990 is NUS's Students' Union Volunteer
Action Committee (NVAC).
Instead of being an insular group, the NVAC also supports community
service projects by other student bodies in and outside NUS, such as
helping tutor residents of Boys' Town.
"I should say that all of us should give our time for the community
and for the less fortunate. The most important thing is that you can
make a difference to their lives and to your own life as well," said
Teo Chun Yong, Chairperson of the NVAC.
Another recipient is Dr Patrick Tan, for his contributions towards
research in genetics.
"For research, you need to look outside Singapore. You need to
compete with the best in the world. Having said that we also need to
recognise that, to avoid cynicism that we are not relevant in
Other award recipients are Dr Allen Yeoh, whose work has enhanced
the detection of leukemia cells in children, and Mr Kent Tey, an
entrepreneur who managed to turn a small fledging company selling
corporate gifts into a million dollar one.
They will receive their awards from Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong on Sunday.