SINGAPORE - Around 300 volunteers serving on 41 Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) boards and committees were recognised for their contributions and commitment at an annual dinner hosted by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen yesterday evening.
A MINDEF statement released today said that Dr Ng also presented certificates of appointment and re-appointment to 92 volunteers at the dinner.
In his speech, Dr Ng thanked the volunteers for the significant role they play in providing expertise and helping MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces remain responsive to diverse needs. Dr Ng said: "Volunteers like you act as catalysts for the system. I am thankful that many of you extended your service voluntarily."
Dr Ng also noted the expansion of volunteer schemes - the latest additions being the Expertise Conversion Scheme and the SAF Volunteer Corps - which would enable more people to step forward and play their part in defence.
The volunteers, experts in their fields in the private and public sectors, bring on board an array of expertise in areas such as medical, safety, financial, legal and NS management, which allows MINDEF to stay updated on industry best practices and organisational processes. They also serve as the link between MINDEF and the public by promoting awareness on defence and inspiring support for NS.
Also present at the dinner were Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Members of Parliament Ms Ellen Lee and Dr Chia Shi-Lu, President of the Military Court of Appeal Justice Choo Han Teck, Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Major-General (MG) (NS) Ng Chee Khern, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, Chief of Army MG Perry Lim, as well as senior officials from MINDEF and the SAF.