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SAF scholarships given to 31 recipients from diverse backgrounds

Speaking at the scholarship ceremony, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said it was important to groom top-notch leaders to stay ahead of security challenges such as terrorism, cyber threats and biological pandemics.

SINGAPORE: Terrorism, cyber threats and biological pandemics are some of the current and future security challenges Singapore faces. To tackle them rapidly, it is important to groom top-notch leaders to stay ahead of these challenges, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the yearly defence scholarship ceremony on Tuesday (July 29).

"Who would have thought that trouble in faraway Ukraine could have impacted people in this region until the tragic downing of MH17? In today's interconnected world, and more so in the future, any region can be affected by trouble elsewhere," he said, adding that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) must remain a strong and credible force to protect Singaporeans against all security threats. 

This year, scholarships were given to 31 recipients who come from a wide range of backgrounds. Among them were six recipients of the prestigious Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship. Eighteen scholars were awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship, while seven received the Defence Merit Scholarship.

LTA Tinaesrupun Jagadessan recalled how his mother had to bring up three sons on her own after his parents separated, and hopes his unusual background can help him communicate better with his subordinates. 

"I think that knowing how people have different backgrounds and coming from a slightly less typical background myself will help me connect with, motivate and inspire my men," said the Recipient of the SAF Merit Scholarship.

ME4A Ng Jie Ming, a recipient of the SAF Merit Scholarship, is the only polytechnic graduate among this year's batch of scholars, and says he hopes he can serve as a role model to others aspiring to receive the scholarship.

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