Ministry of Information

A Devotion to the Arts and Heritage

Left: Dominic Low | Right: Kok Tse Wei

With the push towards greater recognition in the creative industries, more and more creative professionals are getting the recognition that they truly deserve. We meet two scholars who reveal more about the burgeoning arts and heritage sectors.

By Eliza Hamizah

“It’s a misconception that local talent equals to bad talent. I’ve seen many gifted local youth designers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians,” enthuses Kok Tse Wei.

The 30-year-old, who is a serious weekend trombonist with a local wind orchestra, is the Assistant Director for Youth Arts in the National Art Council. His role places him in the perfect position to make such a statement; he talks to fellow arts enthusiasts, organises festivals, meets youths in talent auditions, and shapes the arts landscape by influencing and formulating policies.

Another common myth that 21-year-old Dominic Low wants to dispel is that someone in the creative industries has to be ‘arty-farty’.

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The Art of Communication

Effective communication is said to be the pillar of everything we do. Miscommunication has more than often resulted in chaos and unnecessary panic. To ensure Singapore doesn’t suffer such a fate, MICA ensures that the Government conveys its key priorities to its people through a variety of communication channels.

By Eliza Hamizah

When I walked into Bey Mui Leng’s office, she was busy sending out an email to one of the divisions at the Ministry of Health (MOH). After a cheerful hello and a hasty apology, she promised to devote her full attention to us to share more about the Information Service (IS).

“There is so much to share that I wouldn’t do justice to the IS in just half an hour!” Mui Leng laughs.

Smiling, Mui Leng explained that she had been kept busy over the past two days as the Ministry had to conduct a technical briefing on tuberculosis (TB).

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Connecting Singapore

Being in a position to advise Ministers directly comes with heavy responsibilities. However, for those up to the challenge of improving relationships among the government, Singaporeans and international stakeholders through effective public communications, the Information Service at MICA might just be your calling.

by Cheryl Tay

Goh Chour Thong never expected to be in his current portfolio. Having graduated with a degree in Finance at Nanyang Technological University, Chour Thong first joined Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) as a Finance Officer 14 years ago.

Through his finance work involving the budgeting requirements of MICA, he gained the opportunity to know more about the work of his colleagues in the Information Service, who are involved in a wide range of government communications work and play an important role in the entire value chain of public communications.

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