Posted: 13 Jul 2014, 2215 hours (GMT +8)
President Hosts Reception in Recognition of MINDEF and SAF Personnel
President Tony Tan Keng Yam hosted about 700 personnel from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to a garden reception at the Istana this evening. Held since 1992, the annual reception serves to recognise the commitment of MINDEF personnel and SAF servicemen and their valuable contributions towards the defence of Singapore.
During the reception, President Tan interacted with Full-time National Servicemen, Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) and Regular Servicemen. They shared different perspectives on National Service based on their experiences and contributions. This ranged from participation in bilateral exercises and overseas deployments, to balancing National Service duties with personal commitments. SAF NSman of the Year award winner Captain (NS) Abdul Jaleel Bin Shahul Hamid, the Battalion Second-in-command of 68th Combat Service Support Battalion said, “My motivation comes from seeing my soldiers give their best for the defence of our nation. I feel that every Singaporean must put in their best during In-Camp Training so that they are ever ready to contribute towards Singapore’s peace and security.”
Guests present at the reception included Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, Second Minister for Defence Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Major-General (NS) Ng Chee Khern and Service Chiefs. Members of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs (GPC-DFA) and the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) also attended the reception.