Chua Thian Poh is a well-known property tycoon and this year for his contributions to the society, the head of developer Ho Bee Investment, has received the Distinguished Service Order, heading the list for this year’s National Day Awards.
Mr Chua said that he was quite surprised to achieve such a great honor but added that it would have been in impossible to achieve such an award without the help of various teams. “You need a cohesive team (that) has the same vision to work together to make things happen. So, I would like to thank them and I definitely would like to share the joy (of winning the award) with them,” he said. Mr Chua is the President of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations; Honorary President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; as well as Chairman of the Ren Ci Hospital, Business China, and the Board of Trustees of the Chinese Development Assistance Council.
“Singapore is an immigrant society since day one, and clans have been very actively involved in engaging new immigrants. I think it’s important that we integrate new immigrants into society as soon as possible. We would like to see Singapore have a harmonious society – that’s important to the whole country,” Mr Chua said. While stressing on importance of education he added, “Our society doesn’t just need economic stability, we also need a lot of youngsters coming forward to recognise this community work. I think everyone has the heart (to know) how to give back to society. I would like to encourage all people, especially the younger generation, to take the first step.”
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