Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NATIONAL DAY AWARDS 2008 Investiture

Last night, I accompanied my wife D2 for the Investiture of the 2008 National Day Awards held at the Suntec City Ballroom. The awards were presented by the President of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan.
We left our home at about 5.30 pm. I decided to use the new KPE tunnel for this trip into the city. It was really a good drive all the way in the KPE...no jams, no traffic lights, no one speeding, no mad motorist zig-zagging in and out of lanes..it was a breeze !
But there was a slight bottleneck at the entrance to Carpark E at Suntec City as most cars were headed for the same event at about the same time. Security was very tight with armed Gurkha guards patrolling vantage points. On approaching the Ballroom there were more security checks.
The presentation started at 8 pm sharp with the arrival of the President and the singing of the National Anthem. Without further ado, the ceremony began with Prof Walter Woon, our Solicitor General reading the citations for the top 4 awards. Leading the field was Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong awarded the Order of Temasek 2nd class, followed by Prof Tommy Koh, Justice Chao Hick Tin and then S Tiwary. They won the case for Singapore in the Pedra Branca Issue vs Malaysia's claim.
When it was announced that the next category was the Public Service Star or BBM ( Bintang Bakti Masyarakat ), I stood up as I was seated right back and captured these 2 shots of D2 walking towards the President to receive her much deserved award.

She has put in a lot of her time,energy and sacrifice to serve the community for near 3 decades!
Unk Dicko, SALUTES her !
She's easy going, effective and very popular with the grassroot bodies of S Gardens.
After the mighty long ceremony ended, there was a delicious buffet spread of our local cuisine...satay,laksa,roti prata, noodles, pulut hitam, etc...for all guests. I bumped into quite a number of old friends and former colleagues and former MP friends of mine.
Photo: Left to Right
Unk Dicko, Mr Andy Lim, D2, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua ( Minister of State and MP for Serangoon Gardens), Mrs Cynthia Phua, Chairman Aljunied Town Council and MP).

1 comment:

Ferunk said...

Congratulations Mama!! Well done - I am so proud of you. Hugs & Kisses, Jordy xxxooo