Three nominated for award to honour Singapore heroes

The first batch of shortlisted finalists are (from left) veteran nurse Harbhajan Singh, teacher Teo Yee Ming and technopreneur Annabelle Kwok.
The first batch of shortlisted finalists are (from left) veteran nurse Harbhajan Singh, teacher Teo Yee Ming and technopreneur Annabelle Kwok.ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG, KEVIN LIM
Mr Harbhajan Singh began his nursing career in 1959. He was posted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 1965 and has been working there for more than 50 years.
Ms Annabelle Kwok is the founder of NeuralBay, a software company that specialises in image analytics. She is also a hardware hacker, marathon runner, musician and avid volunteer. And she is only 25.
Mr Teo Yee Ming led his students from Hai Sing Catholic School to four victories at the robotics world championships – in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Woman technopreneur, Sars nurse and robotics club teacher in first batch of shortlisted finalists

A technopreneur, a nurse and a teacher are the first three nominees for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2018 award.

Now in its fourth year and supported by the bank, UBS Singapore, the award seeks to recognise Singaporeans whose extraordinary acts of goodwill have improved their community and the lives of others.

It also recognises Singaporeans who have put the country on the world map or persevered through incredible adversity.

President Halimah Yacob is patron of The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award and will be presenting it at a ceremony next year. Singaporean individuals or groups can be nominated for the award until the end of the year.

Other shortlisted candidates will be unveiled in batches between this month and December.

This will be followed by two weeks of public voting, and the outcome will be used as a reference by the 13 judges when they are making their final decision.

The first batch of shortlisted finalists are technopreneur Annabelle Kwok, founder of an artificial intelligence company and one who wears many other hats; veteran nurse Harbhajan Singh who was on the front line battling the Sars crisis; and teacher Teo Yee Ming who led the robotics team of Hai Sing Catholic School from obscurity to the world stage.

The Singaporean of the Year will receive $20,000 and a trophy, while the other nine finalists will each get $5,000. The prize money is sponsored by UBS Singapore.

Some top brands - Singapore Airlines, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, and Osim - have lent their support, contributing additional prizes for all finalists and the winner. The judging panel consists of editors from the ST newsroom as well as business and community leaders.

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To nominate someone or find out more about The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award, go to http://str.sg/soty18nominate

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2018, with the headline 'Three nominated for award to honour Singapore heroes'. Print Edition | Subscribe