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Pioneering bureaucrat clinches top National Day honour

Pillay heads list of 2,845 winners including military staff, public servants, educators

Published on Aug 9, 2012 6:00 AM
 

One of Singapore's pioneering bureaucrats has received this year's top National Day Award.

Mr J.Y. Pillay, the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, has been awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) for his extensive work in the public and private sectors.

Mr Pillay, 78, heads the list of award winners, which also features DBS Group Holdings chairman Peter Seah, Ambassador-at-Large Tan Chin Tiong and former Urban Redevelopment Authority chairman Alan Chan, who is also the chief executive of Singapore Press Holdings.

The awards are given out every year to recognise citizens for their contributions to the nation and society.

 
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NO SUCCESS WITHOUT TEAMWORK

No individual can ever make much difference except as part of a team, particularly in foreign policy, and it has been my privilege to serve with many dedicated, intelligent and patriotic colleagues and together, make some small contribution to our country.

- Mr Kausikan (right)

-- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW


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