The Singapore Prize is a prize awarded to an individual who has made a contribution to Singapore, either through business, academics, or sports. A panel of eight judges, including representatives from the sports, government and media sectors, will select a winner. This person will receive a cash prize of $300,000 and an award certificate.
Currently, there are four categories for the prize. Each of these is sponsored by a company: the Yong Pung How School of Law Prize, the Keppel Corporation Prize, the Fission Group Prize and the Feng Pao Hsii Rheumaology Prize. Yong Pung How is a law school in Singapore, where students can earn a Bachelor of Laws degree. In addition to that, the Keppel Corporation sponsors the S$300,000 prize.
Athletes were nominated by a variety of sports associations. Athletics, fencing, swimming and weightlifting were some of the sports that were nominated. All athletes were required to have competed in a competition in Singapore. By the end of December, 16 male and seven female athletes had been nominated.
The Singapore Olympic and Sports Council (SNOC) was formed in 1967. Othman Wok was the president of SNOC, and he wanted to reward sportsmen and women and encourage higher standards of sporting achievement. It was then that SNOC introduced Awards, a reward given to sportsmen and women for winning medals in major games.
Last year, Joseph Schooling won the gold medal in swimming at the Rio Olympics. He also earned $740,000 from the SNOC for his efforts. However, he was penalized for using cannabis while abroad in May. While he was awarded a monetary bonus of more than $25,000, he will no longer be allowed to compete in college swimming.
Other medallists include Tan Thuan Heng, who won four golds at the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, and Cheong Wai Hing, who won a meritorious award for his athletic achievements. Several other medallists from Singapore were awarded prize money as well, with the Tote Board giving out SGD365,000 to athletes.
The next prize promotion is the Toto Hongbao draw, which will take place on February 11 at 9.30pm. Tickets are priced at $3.60, and the winner will be announced on the same day. Customers are advised to bring their physical tickets and proof of identification. There are also a few tax implications when prizes are promoted, and customers must have their ticket and original photo identification document to claim the prize.
During the first year of the Singapore Literature Prize, there were 12 shortlisted writers. They each received $10,000. Two of these shortlisted authors, Clara Chow and Teoh Liang Wei, were the “readers’ favourites” in the fiction and creative nonfiction categories, respectively.
For the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize, 43 writers had submitted their works. Twelve top prizes of $10,000 were given out, each to a writer who demonstrates exceptional writing skills in one of the four official languages.
Besides awards, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) co-organises the Prize with the Centre for Liveable Cities. It is intended to encourage exchange of ideas and practices between cities, and to foster practical, cost-effective solutions.