Kudos to MFA staff for job well done

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has not been given as much recognition for its work as it should.

Its devoted and valiant men and women have put in much sacrifice and hard work for Singapore.

For instance, these officers facilitated visits by foreign dignitaries and industry leaders who travelled to Singapore to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew following his death, while overseas missions opened their doors to Singaporeans abroad who wanted to pay tribute and pen condolences.

They organised Singapore Days in major cities around the world so that our people can connect with one another and with the nation.

Multinational companies can come here to set up their businesses, thanks to the groundwork done by our MFA staff.

But one very important role the ministry plays is to bring every Singaporean home in times of crisis and disasters overseas.

For example, a few years ago, my daughter's friend, a non-Singaporean, went with a group of scuba divers on a scuba diving trip when their boat capsized.

They lost everything, and managed to swim ashore with just the bodysuits they were wearing.

The non-Singaporean ended up stranded in a foreign land with little help from her country.

However, Singapore's consular staff expedited the travel documents of the Singaporean divers in the group and they returned home safely.

Our MFA staff, through their efforts and efficiency, have done - and are still doing - a great job to bring success to Singapore.

Julia Sng (Mrs)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline 'Kudos to MFA staff for job well done'. Print Edition | Subscribe