EMTM Annual Awards 2016: Headline of the Year

SINGAPORE - Do you see what IC?

This simple but effective headline captured the essence of a story about NRIC re-registration for Singapore citizens and permanent residents turning 55. The story was published in the Straits Times in November last year.

Chief sub-editor Sim Mui Hoon, 54, won Headline of the Year at the Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) annual awards ceremony for its English, Malay and Tamil Media Group on Wednesday (March 22).

"Do you see what IC?" by Sim Mui Hoon (The Straits Times, Nov 20, 2016)

Mr Lee holding up his NRIC photo taken in 1993. PHOTO: ST FILE

On Mr Lee Kiah Foo's National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) is a photo of a young man with an angular face and thick floppy hair.

But in person, Mr Lee has a plump face and a crew cut, speckled with silver hair. "I often get asked, 'Are you sure that is you?'," the coffee-shop owner laughed.

Such disparities have prompted the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to make it compulsory to apply for a new card at 55 years old, starting from next year. Mr Lee will be among the first batch of Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) to be affected by the change.