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J. Y. Pillay a pioneer in public, private sectors

Published on Aug 9, 2012 6:00 AM
Mr J.Y. Pillay played a key role in shaping the economy during modern Singapore's early years. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

MR J.Y. Pillay, who has been given the Order of Nila Utama (First Class), is one of the pioneers who helped shape Singapore's public and private sectors.

Mr Pillay, 78, is being honoured for his outstanding work as a public servant as well as his contributions to the private sector.

His distinguished career spanning 34 years in the civil service gave him a key role in helping to forge Singapore's fortunes alongside the Old Guard.

An engineer by training, he was once described by former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as being "equal to the best brains in America".

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Few can match his record of public service in the Ministry of Finance, Temasek, GIC, MAS, MND and not to speak of SIA and SGX.

- Temasek chairman and former top civil servant S.Dhanabalan, on Mr Pillay