Organisation Profiles (Govt)

Future Crusaders

Energy plays an undeniably instrumental role in every aspect of our daily lives, be it at home, in school or in the industry. We go behind the scenes and speak to two EMA scholars, who possess innovative ideas and a passion to shape the future of Singapore’s energy landscape.

By Farhan Shah

Despite their youthful appearance, 19-year-old Ren Kejia and 21-year-old Eng Zi Guang possess ambitions that would put many of their older peers to shame. With a scholarship from the Energy Market Authority (EMA) in their bags and a spring in their step, these two scholars hope to change the energy landscape in Singapore, one light bulb at a time.

Congratulations on obtaining the scholarship. What are your plans now?
Kejia: I’m majoring in Economics at the University of Chicago. With the university’s penchant for academic diversity and rigour, I hope to be able to better understand the intricate linkages of economics to other fields, such as business and politics.

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A Forward-Moving Movement

Set up in 1961, NTUC has come a long way since its humble days operating from homes and holding meetings at public places such as the library and museum. Today, the NTUC has become an all-encompassing organisation with interests all over the country. However, its mission is still the same – to be the voice of the workers. As the organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we talk to three NTUC officers who share with us what it is like to be working in the Labour Movement.

By Farhan Shah

“One part I like about my job is that I can say no to a CEO. I’ve said no a lot of times to a number of them. There aren’t many jobs with such an opportunity!” David Lim says, his hearty laughs echoing around the cavernous room.

With more than five years of experience in the field, the 37-year-old has had more than his fair share of companies that try to shortchange their employees. That’s when he steps in, acting as a mediator between the disgruntled workers and the company’s management.

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Reaching Out To Make A Difference To The Environment

They make it their business to help sustain and improve Singapore’s clean and green environment, in part to safeguard our country’s long term socio-economic development. We speak to two environmental practitioners to learn more about their duties and contributions to a better environment.

By Mabel Tan

Apart from their love for the environment, 26-year-old Climate Scientist Lim See Yee, and 27-year-old Senior Executive Bay Meng Yi, take pride in their jobs.

Being part of the National Environment Agency (NEA) ensures that their efforts positively impact Singapore and her environment.

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Passing On The Passion

Gone are the days when a teacher was seen as a no-nonsense disciplinarian focused on getting good results for his or her students. Today, a teacher is much more than that as we get insights from two educators about this reputable career.

By Wendy Ng & Farhan Shah

In the 60s, a hard rap across the knuckles with a wooden ruler was more than enough to ensure students would toe the line. However, as the years pass by, the teaching landscape has evolved significantly, making these methods outdated.

Today, teaching is not just about reciting from textbooks and giving out test papers. It is about moulding the future generation. Today’s teachers have to incorporate the whims of today’s tech-savvy youths with the goals of the country.

However, there is no other career in the world that gives you the invaluable opportunity to be an inspiration and influence to the malleable minds of the young who will one day become the leaders of the country.

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Ground Savvy

Civil engineers are responsible for the roads, bridges, buildings, transportation and other structures that contribute to the advancing infrastructure development in Singapore today. Two civil engineers Candice Choong and Tan Sim Chuan from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) share their experiences with us.

By Mabel Tan

“Study hard or you’ll have to work on muddy grounds when you grow up,” your parents warned when you were younger. However, there is one exception to this advice – if you grow up to become a civil engineer.

This is precisely what 26-year-old Candice Choong and 25-year-old Tan Sim Chuan have grown up to be.

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Driving Innovation, Developing Leaders

In the evolving and volatile economic landscape of today, the EDB has an increasingly important role to play as Singapore’s premier business architect.

By Winifred Tan

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, plans and executes economic strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a leading global hub for business, investment and talent.

Apart from shaping a vibrant pro-business infrastructure to attract more foreign investments, the EDB also helps local and multinational enterprises transform into higher value-creating operations, which in turn creates good jobs for the country.

We speak with Vivienne Wong, Senior Officer in the Infocomms & Media Division, to learn more about the organisation’s innovative training programme and its spirit of “Dare to Dream, Dare to Do”.

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Rewriting The Rules

For over 40 years, JTC Corporation has played a key role in the growth of the economy by providing cutting edge industrial real estate solutions. With its emphasis on innovation and creativity, it is all set to continue playing that role in the years ahead. One employee spills the beans on how JTC continually strives to be the best that it can be.

By Farhan Shah

In a tiny country teeming with over 5 million people and a population density of over 7,000 people per square kilometre, land in Singapore is a highly valuable resource. This makes the clever usage of land critical – and it is where JTC Corporation comes into the picture.

As Singapore’s premier industrial infrastructure innovator, JTC provides leading-edge solutions for industrial real estate needs. This can only be made possible through its creative employees who work hard to build and shape the industrial landscape of the country.

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Powerful Bonds

As Cheung Kit and Kenneth Yeo embark on the second year of their careers with Singapore Power this month, they proudly review the expansive portfolios and enriching experiences they have accumulated under their belts.

By Wendy Ng

“Singapore Power is like this bottle of water, or even this table,” 24-year-old Cheung Kit explains, motioning to the respective items.

“These might not seem much to you, but you are using them every day and they are always there when you need them. Likewise, you will not consciously think of the electricity and gas transmitted and distributed by Singapore Power because you can always count on them to be available. Most of the public are oblivious to the hard work that a lot of people put in behind the scenes to ensure that electricity and gas are delivered efficiently and reliably to you.”

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Navigating the Maritime Industry

The maritime industry in Singapore is a sea of opportunity for over 170,000 people. Two scholars from MPA tell us what spurs them on to be a part of this dynamic maritime ecosystem.

By Rachel Chan

Securing a scholarship with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was a natural choice for Ong Pui Hoon, given her family’s strong links with the maritime industry.

“I have been aware of this sector since young and have always been interested in it. My dad is in logistics and I have a few relatives working in shipping lines,” Pui Hoon shares.
After securing an MPA scholarship, Pui Hoon packed her bags for the University of Chicago to read Economics and East Asian Studies.

She explains that MPA grants scholars the flexibility to apply to the university of their choice and the freedom to select their preferred course of studies.

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The Pursuit Of Excellence

At A*STAR, the dawn of a new day promises a fresh experience and the possibility of breaking new grounds. We speak to two scholars and find out how they aim to contribute to society and make a difference in our everyday lives.

By Yvette Tan

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is quite possibly one of the most prestigious and cosmopolitan organisations in Singapore to work for as it is Singapore’s leading research agency with world-class scientists of more than 60 nationalities.

Being able to dabble on the cutting edge of science and engineering has been a dream come true for 22-year-old Kang Zi Han and 25-year-old Jayce Cheng.

After receiving the highly coveted National Science Scholarship (NSS), the duo completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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