Thursday, April 05, 2012

PM Lee donates S$350,000 to establish 3 new awards

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will donate S$350,000 to establish three new awards to promote community bonding, encourage Singaporeans to pursue careers in social service, and recognise young arts talent.

The money is part of his donation to charity which he announced in 2007.

During the debate on pay increases for ministers and top civil servants on 11 April 2007, Mr Lee said he would donate to charity the increase in his salary, which works out to more than S$600,000 per year, for a period of five years.

That year, his salary increased by 25.5 per cent from S$2.46 million to S$3.1 million a year.

This is the fifth year of his donations.

Mr Lee said besides giving to a range of community, grassroots, youth, arts and welfare organisations, he will set aside S$350,000 to establish the three awards.

S$200,000 will go towards a Community Initiatives Fund under the People's Association.

This will sponsor community projects initiated by PA grassroots organisations to strengthen bonds among residents.

In a statement, Mr Lee said he hopes the fund "will spur more Singaporeans to come forward to help other Singaporeans, in big ways or small, so as a build a more inclusive and united community".

S$100,000 will go towards a new Prime Minister's Social Service Award -- to encourage more Singaporeans to choose careers in social service.

This award will complement the current scholarships awarded by the National Council of Social Service.

The remaining S$50,000 will go towards establishing a Prime Minister's Valedictorian Award for the top student in each graduating cohort from the School of The Arts.

Mr Lee said he hopes these donations and awards will encourage charities and volunteers to continue their excellent work to make Singapore a better home for all.

- CNA/al

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Source From Channel News Asia

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