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Published: 08 Aug 2017 09:05AM (Singapore)
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Recognising the Efforts of Our Home Team Volunteers
15 Home Team volunteers were recognised with the Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award at the Home Team National Day Observance Ceremony held on 2 August 2017. We speak to award winners Ms Yashodhara Dhoraisingam and Mr Ng Khee Jin to find out what inspires them to partner the Home Team in keeping Singapore safe and secure.
 
By Dylan Chia

“When you are a prison volunteer, one of the privileges is having the opportunity to befriend someone who may not have seen any hope for change, and inspire belief in them so they know it is not too late to turn over a new leaf,” said Ms Yashodhara Dhoraisingam.

Ms Dhoraisingam was awarded the Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award for her efforts to introduce religious rehabilitative programmes to incarcerated offenders as Chairman of the Mitra Programme (“Mitra” translates to “friend” in Sanskrit), an initiative by the Hindu Centre.

Ms Yashodhara Dhoraisingam is the Chairman of the Mitra Programme. PHOTO: Home Team Volunteers Network

“It came as a surprise as I didn’t know anything about it. I thought I was simply doing my role as a volunteer, so for Singapore Prison Service to think this was something extra makes me feel humbled because I enjoyed doing this. It’s great to be part of the Home Team that believes in second chances and gives people from the community a role to support their mission,” said Ms Dhoraisingam.

“I hope to continue to mentor new volunteers from the Hindu Centre, to bring hope to offenders and go in every week to give my best. You’ll never know who you’ll touch, so we go in without any expectations and there are a lot of rewards in what we do,” she added.

Besides Ms Dhoraisingam, Mr Ng Khee Jin was also one of the 15 Home Team volunteers who received the Award from Minister for Home Affairs and Law Mr K Shanmugam at the Home Team National Day Observance Ceremony held on 2 August 2017.

Mr Ng received the award for his efforts in engaging media production companies to spread anti-crime messages, and ensuring that those messages are properly conveyed in the media.

Mr Ng frequently lends his media expertise to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in his role as Chairman for the Council’s Public Communications Sub-Committee.

“It’s good to win awards, but I think they are just secondary to recognising that we have produced a powerful advertisement that catches attention. With that, we hope it will leave a deeper impression on the audience, so that we can get our message of online scams out to the people,” said Mr Ng, referring to the “Black Heart Awards” advertisement that aired on Mediacorp’s Channel 8.

The advertisement parodies Mediacorp’s Star Awards, except that scammers were receiving “Awards” for their crimes. There’s even a special appearance by local actor Li Nanxing, who is also the NCPC’s new Honorary Crime Prevention Ambassador, to warn about the dangers of scams.

Mr Ng Khee Jin (right) received the Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award from Minister for Home Affairs and Law Mr K Shanmugam (left). PHOTO: Charmaine Tan

“Crime trends are showing that online crime is on the rise, so I think that is one area we have to address. In addition to keeping up with and preventing crime, we also have to predict where it’s going and try to stay one step ahead, so that we can inform the community with the right message to warn people,” he added.

Congratulations to Ms Dhoraisingam and Mr Ng Khee Jin and thank you for giving your time and skills to help the Home Team keep Singapore safe and secure. Read about other recipients here.

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