Philanthropist receives tabla! Community Champion Award 2013

Businessman and philanthropist Mohamed Abdul Jaleel received the third tabla! Community Champion Award on Wednesday.

The annual award is given to a member of the Indian community who has contributed significantly toward the less fortunate.

Mr Jaleel is well known in the Indian community for his generosity in helping those in need. He founded construction logistics company Mini Environment Service, which provides dormitories for foreign workers in Singapore and the Middle East.

He also heads the Shaik Mohamed Jaleel Foundation, which supports causes related to children's education and families, and aims to donate almost $1 million every year to charity.

His award comes with a cash donation of $10,000 from the State Bank of India, to be given to the charity of his choice, the Singapore Indian Development Association.

Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, presented the award on Wednesday night, at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Singapore International Deepavali Shopping Festival. The shopping event is hosted by Indian publications tabla! and Tamil Murasu, and will be held at the Singapore Expo till Sunday.