Speech by Louis Ng:
“A very good afternoon everyone. I’m humbled and honoured to receive this award today. Thank you to the people who nominated me and my heartfelt thanks to TWC3 for organising these awards.
But I must say the biggest thank you to my sister Lynette who trained me in doing advocacy work.
She was asked by the media a number of years ago, what was Louis like when he was young. Her reply which was aired on TV was “He was irritating, very irritating!”
Indeed, I’m afraid I was and remain so till today and probably till my last breath.
Growing up, my sister who was my only sibling, taught me important lessons in advocacy. Perhaps the most important being how we need to be creative and relentless. I wont even start to mention the huge variety of ways I had to use, some of which were way below the belt, to get her attention and to play with me when we were young but it took quite a bit of effort on my part and as much as my sister tried to resist, I learnt to be relentless and her resistance was futile in the end.
Through her, I also learnt the lesson of compromising at times. My grandparents used to look after us when my parents were at work so I spent most of my childhood with my sister and 2 other female cousins. I was fighting a pretty hard battle, trying to convince three girls to play the games myself, the only boy wanted to play, instead of the dreaded Barbie dolls. But I quickly learnt that no matter how creative or relentless I was, I was fighting a losing battle. I was clearly no match for Barbie.
But thankfully Barbie had a friend called Ken, a male doll and while I didn’t want to play with dolls, I ultimately had to compromise reluctantly played with Ken, which was much better than having to role play as a Barbie doll.
Those were the good old days but the lessons I’ve learnt then were vital in the advocacy work I do today.
And there is no doubt that the advocacy scene is growing in Singapore and I believe that these awards today will further strengthen this movement and highlight the importance of not just believing in something but speaking up and fighting for our beliefs.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to my family for their constant support and to all my ACRES colleagues who devote their lives towards speaking up for the voiceless and making this world a better place for all.
Once again you for this award.”