Diverse team to plan nation's 50th birthday celebrations: Education Minister
SINGAPORE'S 50th birthday celebrations should resonate with all Singaporeans, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday as the wraps were taken off the Singapore50 (SG50) committee tasked with planning events for the jubilee year.
The 29-member team unveiled was a diverse one, comprising representatives from a broad range of sectors and included such names as top music producer Iskandar Ismail and film director Royston Tan.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat is the chairman of SG50 and he said the team wants to let ordinary Singaporeans have a role in planning and organising activities for the celebrations.
"We want every Singaporean to be able to connect through their personal stories with the broader Singapore story, and be a part of the anniversary celebrations," said Mr Heng.
Singapore50 steering committee
Chairman: Mr Heng Swee Keat, Education Minister
Co-chairs of committees:
Education and Youth
- Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Education and Law
- Dr Tan Lai Yong, Resident Fellow at College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore
Culture and Community
- Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
- Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, managing partner at Rodyk & Davidson
Economic and International
- Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower
- Ms Olivia Lum, executive chairman as well as group chief executive officer of Hyflux
Environment and Infrastructure:
- Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Mr Tai Lee Siang, immediate past president, Singapore Green Building Council
- Dr Loo Choon Yong, executive chairman, Raffles Medical Group
- Mr Koh Choon Hui, chairman of the Singapore Children's Society