Organisation Profiles (Govt)

Signalling a Brighter Transport Future


Darryl Chen Shijie


Mok Ji Wei

Singapore’s burgeoning population can count on an ever-growing rail network to help deliver a smooth and speedy transit experience. Two Land Transport Authority (LTA) engineers tell us how they help contribute to this noble, people-centric initiative.

By Gerald Goh

As Singapore continues its journey into the 21st century, its citizens can rest assured that their transport needs are being efficiently addressed by the LTA, which is constantly staying ahead in the game to building a vast, intricate passenger rail network in Singapore.

After all, Singapore’s people-centric transport system was not built in a day, and LTA requires a pool of dedicated, hardworking and talented engineers to develop and uphold the high transport standards that Singaporeans enjoy – among them 29-year-old Senior Project Engineer (Tunnels) Darryl Chen and 25-year-old Executive Engineer (Signals) Mok Ji Wei.
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Making a Lasting Impact


Foo Qi Hui


Glenda Chiang Cheow Hwee

Teachers are more than merely imparters of knowledge – they shape and influence the young lives under their charge, helping their students realise all that they can be. We meet two teachers who share with us more about their roles beyond the classroom.

By Gerald Goh

A common passion to make a positive impact on young lives led 30-year-old Physical Education Teacher, Foo Qi Hui and 26-year-old English and Mathematics Teacher, Glenda Chiang to join teaching. Although there are challenges they face in the course of their career, both agree that teaching is an absolutely rewarding profession and they would not trade it for any other.(Read More Here!)

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Nurturing the Seeds of Sustainable Development in Singapore


Grace Yang

As the leading Industrial Infrastructure Innovator in Singapore, JTC Corporation places great emphasis on developing the country – and its employees – in a vibrant, viable manner.

By Gerald Goh

Singapore’s population continues to climb well above five million, and ensuring that our country’s development remains environmentally sustainable for us and for the generations to come is a key goal of the JTC Corporation.

With that in mind, JTC’s CleanTech Park (CTP) is the location of choice for forward-thinking organisations that embrace an environmentally sustainable business model. It recently won a BCA Platinum Green Mark for Districts Award. Launched in 2009, this award recognises sustainable developmental practices – such as measures to improve energy- and water- efficiency – in planning, design and implementation. The CTP is the first development to attain the highest Green Mark Platinum rating since the launch of the BCA Greenmark for Districts scheme.(Read More Here!)

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They Keep Your World Moving


Syed Mubarak Bin Subukutheen


Yeo Yan Qing Priscilla

Set up in 1995 with the merger of four public sector entities, the LTA is dedicated to developing a land transport system for all residents of Singapore. Helping the LTA to achieve that is a team of talented and hardworking engineers on the ground. BrightMinds speaks to two of them.

By Farhan Shah

Whether you are a fresh graduate just about to take your first few steps in your career or a harried student oscillating between social commitments and project meetings, you will definitely be touched by the invisible hand of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) in your everyday travels, whether on the roads, the buses or the trains.

An efficient transport system is the foundation of a productive country, enabling people from all walks of life to reach their destinations in a timely manner, and in Singapore, much of the country’s economic success can be attributed to the finesse and vision of the LTA.(Read More Here!)

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Collecting Smiles


Wong Choon Kait


Chua Swee Chin

A non-event for most workers and businesses, the filing and paying of taxes can be easily done with a few clicks, if at all. Walk-in taxpayers enjoy fast and friendly service amidst the ring of the counter dashboard and murmur of voices at the IRAS Taxpayers Service Centre. However, few are aware of the ‘taxing’ work behind closed doors which makes this possible.

By Gerald Goh

In less than a decade, IRAS has realised its dream of serving taxpayers round-the-clock by introducing a personalised online tax portal – myTax Portal. Besides e-filing, taxpayers can now check their tax accounts, pay taxes, update contact details and retrieve documents sent by IRAS in a safe and secure online environment.

This would not be possible without the efforts of IRAS officers like Chua Swee Chin, a 27-year old Senior Infocomm Officer. Swee Chin comments, “We are able to keep the taxpaying community’s personal information secure because our IT systems are highly protected.”(Read More Here!)

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Gatekeepers at Singapore’s Borders


Roger Chen Zhongfu

The momentous duty of ensuring that no dangers enter Singapore rests upon the shoulders of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). One ICA officer tells us more about his duty in helping to secure the country’s national boundaries at the Woodlands Checkpoint, one of the busiest in the world.

By Gerald Goh

ICA is the lead agency in safeguarding Singapore’s borders and is the first line of defence against security and immigration threats at its sea, air and land checkpoints. The bustling Woodlands Checkpoint is one such nexus where ICA officers have to be constantly vigilant in preventing attempts to smuggle in undesirable individuals, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. The Woodlands Anti-Smuggling and Profiling (WASP) Team plays a key role in thwarting such smuggling attempts. 32-year-old ICA officer and WASP Team member Roger Chen takes time out of his busy schedule to tell us more about the magnitude of his work.

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Growing Up with Taxation


Eoon Ziluan Bena


Pek Zhiyu Zander

Numbers and taxes may sound like a dreary combination, but two Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) officers show us just how engaging a dynamic and challenging career with the tax administration can be.

By Gerald Goh

There are few constants in life, and one of them has to be having to pay your taxes. But not everyone might realise the important role taxation plays in nation-building, nor the fact that taxes account for approximately 75 per cent of the government’s operating revenue.

As the administrator of tax policies, IRAS boasts more than two decades of excellent service and strong partnership with taxpayers in creating a competitive tax environment for Singapore’s continued economic growth. Bena Eoon, a Senior Tax Officer with the Corporate Tax Division - Small Corporations Branch, is especially well-placed in describing how progressive tax policies can help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore thrive.(Read More Here!)

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At the Vanguard of Defence Technology


Ng Jianhao

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) offers stellar opportunities for aspiring individuals to develop innovative technological solutions that contribute to Singapore’s defence and security. Meet Ng Jianhao, who shares how he has benefited from these learning and development opportunities and forged a meaningful career in defence engineering.

By Png Han Yong

As a young boy, Ng Jianhao often enjoyed taking apart objects such as LEGO blocks or stationery and reassembling them to make them ‘move’. A former Scout, he also revelled in various outdoor field craft activities such as constructing wooden structures. These hands-on experiences triggered an interest in how things work and led him to choose a path in engineering.

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Taking the Lead in Driving Singapore’s Economy


Sean See Tho Kang Wei


Genevieve Ng Jing Wen

Two EDB Senior Officers tell us how meaningful and rewarding it is to be responsible for developing, strengthening and building next-generation industries for Singapore.

By Gerald Goh

For over half a century, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has been the lead architect in shaping the Singapore economy, anchoring high-value activities and encouraging multi-national companies to use Singapore as their Home for Business, Innovation and Talent and thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

The rising tide in Asia, which includes China, India and Singapore’s regional neighbours in Southeast Asia, creates immense opportunity for Singapore to entrench and strengthen its status as a premier global city in Asia. EDB will continue to play a critical role to keep Singapore’s economy at the forefront of industry, technology and business opportunities and constantly seeking new growth frontiers.

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The Cyber Security Warriors - Life On the Edge


Ng Kian Yong


Soon Fu Xiang

They secure your information, protect your data and keep an eagle eye out for emerging hacking threats that will imperil national security. In this day and age, terrorism has evolved into 1’s and 0’s, and these two officers in CSIT are evolving right alongside this paradigm shift.

By Farhan Shah

Threats can come in any shape, size and form, and while the terrorists of yesteryear were stereotypically shifty-eyed, sweating and suspicious, the terrorists of today have evolved into something even more malevolent – and they can strike from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their desk chairs.

All they need is a computer, a working Internet connection and the smarts to exploit vulnerabilities in any country’s computing framework. The recent hacking of Eu Yan Sang’s website in July by a group of Indonesian hackers, while not carried out with malicious intent, underscores the importance of a strong and vigilant cyber security team.

Meet two of the officers in the Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) under the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) responsible for spotting and mitigating ever-evolving infocomm security threats to defence, 30-year-old Manager of Cyber Security Research, Soon Fu Xiang, and 28-year-old Telecom Security Engineer, Ng Kian Yong.

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