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Call for nominations for The Straits Times Singaporean Of The Year Award 2015

Award to recognise and honour an individual who has transformed lives and made the community a better place.

SINGAPORE, 25 August 2015 - The Straits Times has started the search for an individual whose inspiring or extraordinary acts have made his or her community a better place or whose substantive yet unrecognised contribution has improved the lives of those around them. The award, supported by UBS Singapore, seeks to recognise the triumph of the human spirit and the positive impact made by an individual on the community, as well as inspire the community and honour unsung heroes.  

The flagship of Singapore Press Holdings is calling for nominations from the public for this new annual award, The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year Award. The award, which will be given out early next year, will also be open to a group of individuals who collectively merit the award.

These are individuals or groups who stood out for: 

- Demonstrating remarkable resilience in the face of adversity or great personal loss.

- Making a significant impact through exemplary voluntary work for a segment of the community or needy individuals.

- Displaying heroism and bravery, risking his/her own life in performing an extraordinary act to help another person or persons in distress, or

- Breaking new ground in doing good for the community, our common spaces and national heritage and for animals in our midst. 

Nominations are open from now till Dec 31, 2015. Nominees, who must be Singapore citizens, may not put themselves forward or be nominated by a member of their 
immediate family. The only other requirement is that nominees must have made the news in 2015. 

A final list of 10 shortlisted nominees will be revealed in mid-January 2016, and the public will get to vote for who they think should be The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2015. 

Public voting will factor in the choice of the overall winner, who will be chosen in mid-January, following a final deliberation by a judging panel comprising editors from the ST
 newsroom as well as external judges from various walks of life. See attached for members of the judging panel.

The Singaporean of the Year will receive $20,000 and a trophy. The other nine nominees will each get $5,000 each.

The award is presented by UBS Singapore and organised by The Straits Times.

Mr Edmund Koh, Country Head of UBS
 Singapore, said: “We are delighted to partner with The Straits Times for the inaugural Singaporean of the Year Award. We recognise that amongst us, there are extraordinary people who have distinguished themselves in their individual capacities. As we celebrate UBS's 50 years in Asia and Singapore's 50th anniversary this year, it is timely that we also celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and honor those who have gone above and beyond their call of duty to make a difference to society. There are leaders that we read and hear about, but there are also the extraordinary among the ordinary. We hope to give recognition to the Singaporeans who inspire us, motivate us and challenge us to make a positive difference to the community."

Said Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of The Straits Times: "This award is geared at the common man or woman who steps up and does things that amaze and inspire everyone. His or her actions or contributions might make the news, but more importantly, it should impact and shape lives in a selfless way. That is the Singapore spirit we want to celebrate and showcase through this award."

For more details about the The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year and to nominate someone for the award, go to enquiries about the award, email, with Singaporean of the Year in subject header.

Attachment: Judging panel


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Leong Lin Choo (Ms)
Senior Manager
Editorial Projects Unit
English, Malay and Tamil Media Group
DID: 6319 5068

Deror Wong (Mr) 
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
DID: 6319 1226

About The Straits Times
The Straits Times is the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings and the most-read newspaper in Singapore. It was launched on July 15, 1845, and provides comprehensive coverage of local, regional and international news. It has 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide, with its correspondents providing a Singapore perspective on what is happening around the world. Complementing the main title are weekly lifestyle supplements Digital Life, Urban and Mind Your Body, as well as IN and Little Red Dot for students. The Straits Times is also on digital platforms with its website at It also has ioS and Android apps, and a menu of e-books housed in a separate Straits Times Star app. 

The Straits Times has won multiple international awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa) and Society of News Design. It was named Singapore Newspaper of the Year 2014 and 2013 by Marketing magazine and voted Singapore’s favourite newspaper 2013 by Superbrands. Its website won gold in “Best In Online Media” at the 2012 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. Its Communities microsites platform was named 2014 Digital nnovation of the Year award by Panpa, and got Gold in the Best in Social Media category at the 2013 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. 

About UBS in Singapore 
UBS is committed to providing private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, with superior financial advice and solutions while generating attractive and sustainable returns for shareholders. Its strategy centers on its Wealth Management and Wealth Management Americas businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland, complemented by its Global Asset Management business and its Investment Bank. These businesses share three key characteristics: they benefit from a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital-efficient, and offer a superior structural growth and profitability outlook. UBS's strategy builds on the strengths of all of its businesses and focuses its efforts on areas in which it excels, while seeking to capitalize on the compelling growth prospects in the businesses and regions in which it operates. Capital strength is the foundation of its success.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs about 60,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

UBS was the first Swiss bank to establish a presence in Singapore in 1970 and, following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation in June 1998, UBS has enjoyed a reputation as a leading foreign financial institution in Singapore. Today UBS has over 2,300 employees across its wealth management, investment banking and global asset management businesses.