Singapore Polytechnic and inspirational performer receive regional awards

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first polytechnic and a local inspirational performer both received awards at the 19th ASEAN Youth Day Meeting Awards Ceremony on Tuesday in Vietnam.

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) received the Ten Accomplished Youth Organisations in ASEAN Award (TAYO ASEAN) while Muhammad Riduan Bin Zalani took home the ASEAN Youth Award 2013.

A performer who has gone on the big stage when he was 7, Muhammad Riduan Bin Zalani has represented Singapore and Malay music on larger global music stages. He also uses his passion in the arts to inspire others, volunteers and gives motivational talks to organisations.

He was conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2013, Singapore's highest youth accolade, for his personal achievements and contribution to the community.

On being awarded the ASEAN Youth Award 2013, Riduan shared, "I'm thankful for this award and acknowledgment. My focus over the last few years has been in promoting new artistic works based on the Malay drums and percussions. I plan to continue to contribute more to the community and help it prosper into an established hub which is well respected by practitioners and the masses."

Meanwhile, SP's community involvement revolves around the three prongs of Giving, Service, and Social Innovation.

"It is an honour for Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to receive the TAYO ASEAN Award in recognition of our efforts to instil in our staff and students the spirit of active citizenry, giving and making the world a better place to live in. The award will further motivate us to make a difference to society with compassion and skill," said Mr Tan Peng Ann, SP's Senior Director, Academic and Student Services.