Azhar Jalil

Building People

Bricks, cement and steel may make buildings, but it is people like Nur Adlyna Salleh and Zhu Fenpei who transform structures into liveable homes and functional spaces.

By Azhar Jalil

Despite appearances, buildings actually require constant care and attention to ensure their safe use as, well as to create a pleasant environment for the people who live, work and play in them.

One such firm that helps make that happen is CPG Facilities Management (CPG FM).

The company prides itself at being able to provide a full spectrum of facilities, estate and township management solutions to increase efficiency and service delivery, while reducing operating costs. CPG FM currently manages a diverse portfolio of over 1,000 buildings, aggregating over 8 million square metres in area, ranging from office complexes, educational facilities, commercial, residential projects to security buildings in Singapore and the region.

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CIMA – The Choice

Backed by a reputation forged through 90 years, respected by contemporaries and renowned for its comprehensive syllabus, the CIMA stands out as a brilliant choice for leaders and professionals to get ahead.

By Azhar Jalil

“I think it’s important to have varied experiences, so that you come across as an interesting and well-rounded person during interviews,” Xie Jiayin says.

As a finance professional with Barclays Capital, the 23-year-old believes in higher and broader learning to upgrade her practical skills and improve on current knowledge.

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Clear Skies Ahead with CAAS

Flying is often said to be safer than driving – Ang Eng Kiat’s job is to ensure it stays that way.

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Mix high passenger volumes with a crowded airspace and it is easy to appreciate the part Ang Eng Kiat plays in keeping the sky over Singapore safe. In the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Eng Kiat is an assistant airworthiness manager responsible for the oversight on safety issues related to aircraft operations and maintenance activities.

“We’re the people who conduct audits and inspections on aircraft and organisations to ensure high levels of safety, while Singapore continues to grow as a vibrant air hub and civil aviation system,” the 26-year-old explains.

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Healing People, Improving Lives

While doctors and nurses man the medical frontlines, the allied health professionals provide the necessary support and ensure that the road to recovery is well paved.

By Azhar Jalil

With the treatment of symptoms and diseases becoming increasingly complex, the allied health professionals play an important role in complementing doctors and nurses in the continuum of care delivery.

As medical specialists, physiotherapist Cheryl Poon and aspiring speech pathologist Heng Qi Wen perform vital roles in ensuring that patients receive holistic and comprehensive treatment. Allied healthcare refers to healthcare disciplines which complement the traditional care given by doctors, dentists and nurses.

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A Soldier’s Passion

SAF Overseas scholar Major Lin Maoyu may be the exemplary all-rounder, but it is passion that makes the difference in his career as an Army officer.

By Azhar Jalil

As a staff officer assigned to plan the Army’s future force structure, Major Lin Maoyu has to balance numerous considerations in order to recommend the best way to deploy the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)’s limited resources. While certainly a daunting task, 28-year-old Maoyu cites “passion” as the key factor in choosing his vocation.

“The most important quality is to have passion for the job. You need to believe in what you do and derive meaning from your profession. As long as you have the passion, you'll naturally want to do your best and excelling at your job follows naturally,” he enthuses.

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CIMA - The Choice

Backed by a reputation forged through 90 years, respected by contemporaries and renowned for its comprehensive syllabus encompassing both management and accountancy disciplines, CIMA stands out as a brilliant choice for leaders and professionals to get ahead and become a leader in their career.

By Azhar Jalil

“I think it’s important to have varied experiences, so that you come across as an interesting and well-rounded person during interviews,” Xie Jiayin says.

As a finance professional with Barclays Capital, the 23-year-old believes in higher and broader learning level to upgrade and improve both her practical skills and knowledge.

Hence, in a workforce environment where experience counts, it’s not difficult to see why she chooses to take up the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification as part of her company’s graduate programme.

Accounting for more

While many accounting qualifications focus specifically on external audit and tax management training, CIMA prepares its students for a career in business by teaching skills in managing strategies, project and risk management, analytics that would assist in making important and key decisions.

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MICA: Communicating Excellence

As the voice of the government, MICA’s Information Officers stand at the frontline dealing with both the media and public.

By Azhar Jalil

“As communicators, the challenge is not just communicating policies, but also getting the public to appreciate the reasons behind the policies, the trade-offs that have to be made, and the greater good that we hope to achieve,” says Soffy Hariyanti about her role as an Information Officer.

As the lead agency for the Singapore Government Information Service, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) and its Information Officers play a critical role in the chain of governance. This process begins with obtaining public feedback on planned policies, communicating their deliveries to the public, and finally managing the issues arising from their implementation.

The job has been made all the more challenging in this current day and age, where technology has changed the way people communicate and obtain information. Public expectations of the government are also higher, thus calling for having Information Officers who are not only adept at managing the myriad of communication issues in an increasingly complex environment, but are also passionate about what they do.

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MOH: Putting Her Best Foot Forward

Podiatry is not just about healing feet; for one MOH scholar, it’s also about touching lives.

By Azhar Jalil

“To me, podiatry is not a healthcare profession where there’s a strict ‘patient-clinician’ relationship,” says podiatrist Chelsea Law, 28.

“In many ways, patients often refer to us more personally – as a friend, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and even a confidante,” she reveals.

Given that many of her patients are diabetics seeking treatment for debilitating foot ulcers, such rapport is undeniably a valuable crutch for effective treatment.

“In my position, I have the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives by providing my concern and care for them,” she says.

The road to success
Chelsea has always had an interest in medicine and wound care. As such, the MOH Health Science Scholarship (aka previously known as the PSC-MOH Overseas Specialist Award (Paramedical) in the past) served as the perfect vehicle for pursuing her ambition to be in healthcare. Why the study of feet in particular? “My mum’s heel pain spurred me to take up podiatry,” she explains.

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MINDEF: Defence’s Civilian Pillar

Imagine delving into what makes our soldiers tick or connecting Singaporeans with Singapore – all in a day’s work for these Defence Executive Officers.

By Azhar Jalil

Serving alongside their military counterparts of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), MINDEF’s Defence Executive Officers (DXOs) – the non-uniformed cornerstone of MINDEF/SAF – are a corp of dedicated professionals steeped in high service that supports Singapore’s sovereignty.

DXOs see possibilities beyond everything familiar to society and self, define new frontiers and shape the organisation of tomorrow. Through various specialised capacities in human resource, finance, office administration, defence policy, logistics, public affairs, counselling and psychology, DXOs play critical roles in preserving Singapore’s sovereignty.

Defence Psychology
As a Psychologist in the Applied Behavioural Sciences Department (ABSD) in MINDEF, 30-year-old Stephanie Phang enhances the psychological readiness and performance of our troops as well as employees of the organisation.

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DSO: From “Little” to “Lethal”

For Stephanie Fang, developing critical technologies for the SAF is not just about “guys and their gadgets”. This female engineer isn’t daunted by a predominantly male field, and is ready to get her hands dirty for Singapore’s defence.

By Azhar Jalil

As a Research Engineer with DSO National Laboratories, Stephanie Fang is to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) what Q is to James Bond.

Her mission: to develop cutting-edge technologies that will force multiply the military’s combat capabilities, rendering potential threats irrelevant.

First impressions
The 28-year-old first encountered DSO during a field trip as a polytechnic student, when she explored the think tank’s laboratories and facilities, as well as interacted with its engineers who showcased and explained their work to the students.

“I was impressed from then on,” she recalls.

Before embarking on her career at DSO, Stephanie had worked as a Development Engineer for multimedia products, and also applied for an engineering position with another renowned research institute. However, the lure of a career with Singapore’s national defence R&D organisation proved ultimately irresistible.

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