SAA 2015

The 2015 SAA

MEDIA RELEASE

Three activists honoured in the 2015 Singapore Advocacy Awards

31 July 2015 – An architectural historian, a public interest litigator and an online news site are the recipients of the 2015 Singapore Advocacy Awards.

Launched in 2014, the annual awards are a celebration and affirmation of the contributions of individuals and organisations to the development of a vibrant civil society in Singapore.

The honourees this year are:

  • Dr Imran bin Tajudeen – Most Promising New Civil Society Advocate of the Year
  • Remy Choo Zheng Xi – Civil Society Advocate of the Year
  • The Online Citizen – Civil Society Advocate Organisation of the Year

Dr Imran’s ground-breaking work in architectural and urban history has helped to broaden understanding of Singapore’s cultural and social heritage, while Choo Zheng Xi’s enthusiastic embrace of public interest litigation has inspired other young lawyers to consider careers in this once unpopular field of legal practice.

The Online Citizen, meanwhile, has established itself as Singapore’s independent online news source of record, providing investigative news reports and thought-provoking commentary and expanding the space for the discussion of sensitive social and political issues.

The 2015 honourees were selected by a judging panel headed by arts educator and Cultural Medallion winner T Sasitharan. The other panel members were:

  • Geoffrey Yu
  • Richard Ho
  • Sharon Siddique
  • Faizah Jamal
  • Wong Ting Hway
  • Jagjit Singh
  • Constance Singam.

Commenting on the selection process, Mr Sasitharan said: “While all those who were finally picked for the awards are patently deserving, it was no easy task selecting them. In every category the choice was made only after impassioned debate and heated discussion. The difficulty of the decisions is a testament to the quality of the candidates and the significance of their contributions to civil society work in Singapore. It is a reflection of the strength of Singapore’s civil society.”

The Singapore Advocacy Awards is a peer initiative, being organised by a group of civil society activists called The Working Committee 3. In her speech at the awards ceremony, Constance Singam, who chairs TWC3, said she hoped the state would also embrace the spirt of civil society – “the spirit of respect for each other, the suspension of differences, and the willingness to listen and to believe that it is possible to work together for better lives”.

The citations for the three honourees are attached, along with details about the Awards. For further information, please contact Constance Singam, TWC3 chairperson, at connie.singam@gmail.com.