ST Singaporean of the Year 2020: Meet the 8 nominees

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SINGAPORE - Good Samaritans, innovative entrepreneurs, inspiring figures within the community and dedicated front-liners are all in the running for this year's The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award, presented by investment bank UBS Singapore.

President Halimah Yacob will be presenting the award at a ceremony held on Tuesday (Feb 2) at the Istana. The award ceremony will also be streamed on The Straits Times' Facebook and YouTube channels from 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Here are the eight nominees.

81-year-old helps neighbour to put out fire in flat

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Madam Lim Ee Chin, 81, came to her neighbours' rescue and helped them put out a fire in their Housing Board flat, despite being afraid of the flames.

Retiree Lim Ee Chin had just watched the National Day Parade on television when she spotted that her neighbour's flat was on fire at about 11.20pm and instinctively knew she had to do something to help.

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Raising awareness about the plight of migrant workers

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Cai Yinzhou, 30, flagged the need to keep migrant workers safe amid Covid-19 and helped ensure migrant workers got the support and assistance they needed amid the pandemic.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Cai Yinzhou, 30, realised that migrant workers living close together in dormitories were especially vulnerable to infection.

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A kampung community to help those in need

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Mr Zulkifli Atnawi and his family reached out to help their neighbours in need amid coronavirus outbreak and launched Project Hills to help residents of rental housing estates.

In Queenstown, rental flat residents in Mei Ling Street know that when they need help, whether in terms of finances, food or filling up forms, they can look for their "kampung head", Mr Zulkifli Atnawi.

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Ex-offender helps others like him get a fresh start

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Anil David found his calling in a call centre. The ex-offender found a new purpose in life and started Agape Connecting People, a social enterprise that helps others looking to restart their lives.

Three stints in prison for fraud and criminal breach of trust convinced budding entrepreneur Anil David that it was about time he did something more with his life.

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Building a boutique PC builder from scratch

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Brothers Marcus and Joe Wee started Aftershock PC in a small Serangoon Road shophouse back in 2012. Today, Aftershock is Singapore’s biggest boutique PC builder and has almost 150 staff on its payroll.

Twin brothers Marcus and Joe Wee took their common passion when they were children - gaming - and turned it into a thriving business.

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Entrepreneur on the grind to help vulnerable women and at-risk youth

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In 2011, Pamela Chng started Bettr Barista, combining her passion for coffee and a desire to be part of the social good. Ms Chng’s work includes helping vulnerable women and youth at risk as well as pushing for fairer business practices.

At age 35, Ms Pamela Chng set out on a new career path.

Unlike her previous pursuits - such as running a Web consultancy - Ms Chng's new venture was a social enterprise.

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Gaming chair manufacturers make their mark on world map

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Ian Ang and Alaric Choo co-founded Secretlab to make the world's best gaming chair and have since sold more than one million chairs.

An idea hatched in his bedroom has helped entrepreneur Ian Ang build a multimillion-dollar business - and all before he turns 30.

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Front-line heroes an inspiration to many

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As Covid-19 plagued the world, these front-liners from different vocations banded together to help Singapore fight the virus.

There were mixed reactions when the virus hit early last year - some people were wary, others complacent - but an army of front-liners had been gearing up behind the scenes to keep Singapore safe.

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