Two business leaders were honoured yesterday for their contributions and service to the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).
Mr Philip Ng, chief executive of Far East Organisation, and Mr Tony Chew, executive chairman of Asia Resource Corporation, received the SBF Appreciation Awards at the business association's 15th anniversary gala dinner.
Mr Ng was elected to SBF's Council in 2008 and served until 2016.
"As a developer, he has worked with the Government to leverage his real estate developments for the benefit of the not-for-profit sector and community organisations," the SBF said. Far East Organisation also donated $10 million to seed the SBF Foundation at its launch in 2013.
Mr Tony Chew served on SBF's Council from 2002 to 2008.
The SBF said: "Over his 12-year tenure, including six years as chairman, Mr Chew played a significant role in SBF's development. Mr Chew helped shape SBF's direction and growth. He worked tirelessly to bridge the private sector and the Government to foster a more conducive business environment."
Recognition Awards were also given to five individuals who have supported the Federation: Blackstone Singapore chairman Gautam Banerjee; Indo Straits Trading Co director Shabbir H. Hassanbhai; Crescendas Group boss Lawrence Leow; Jurong Engineering chairman Bob Tan; and YCH Group executive chairman Robert Yap.
DBS Bank, Olam International, as well as the Singapore Hotel Association and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry also received Recognition Awards for being staunch supporters of SBF.
Held at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore, the gala dinner was attended by about 750 guests comprising sponsors, member companies, partners and stakeholders and a range of government ministers, including Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Culture, Community and Youth.
Former president Tony Tan called on "the business community to collaborate more effectively among themselves and with the Government and other partners to co-create solutions for Singapore's continual growth and prosperity".
He encouraged business leaders to come forward to serve on SBF's Issues Committees, share their experience and ideas and be part of the conversation.
"By working together, we can help to shape developments, give back to the community and build a better future for our economic prosperity," Dr Tan said.