Veteran Sikh nurse shortlisted for ST Singaporean of the Year 2018 award

Joining nursing in 1959, Harbhajan Singh was on the front line battling SARS when it hit Singapore in 2003


When preparing to enter into the workforce in 1951, Harbhajan Singh’s first choice was teaching, with nursing marked as the next choice. He got the latter, and never regretted it ever since.

The veteran nurse who was on the front line battling the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis was today named as one of the shortlisted finalists for the The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2018 award.

Harbhajan, who having officially retired in 2002 but has been involved in the profession since, was among the first three shortlisted finalist named by the newspaper.

The 78-year old nurse is now on contract with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for almost 40 years.

“As long as I can still contribute, I will keep working here,” he told Straits Times. “There is a kampung spirit here and 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng has become like my home address.”

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Now in its fourth year and supported by the bank, UBS Singapore, the award seeks to recognise Singaporeans whose extraordinary acts of goodwill have improved their community and the lives of others. It also recognises Singaporeans who have put the country on the world map or persevered through incredible adversity, the newspaper said in its report.

Award patron President Halimah Yacob will be presenting it at a ceremony next year. Singaporean individuals or groups can be nominated for the award until the end of the year.

Other shortlisted candidates will be unveiled in batches between this month and December.

This will be followed by two weeks of public voting, and the outcome will be used as a reference by the 13 judges when they are making their final decision.

Harbhajan Singh – Photo: Screengrab of interview with ST


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