Successful Conclusion of Sian Chay Medical Institution’s 83rd Term BOD Installation Ceremony
Sunday, 1 July 2018
On the evening of 1st July, Sian Chay Medical Institution hosted the “Sian Chay Medical Institution’s 83rd Term BOD Installation Ceremony ” at Jubilee Garden Restaurant, SAFRA Toa Payoh. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, the Special Guests are Dr. Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport, and Mr. Melvin Yong, Member of Parliament of Tanjong Pagar GRC . Other special guests included Mr. Lee Hong Chuan BBM, Grassroots Adviser to Hougang Grassroots Organisations, Mr. Wang Jiarong, Counsellor and Consul General of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, Ms. Paula Parvianen, Ambassador of Finland in Singapore, Mr Parlindungan Purba, SH., MM, Member of Parliament of Indonesia, and the Board members of Sian Chay Medical Institution. Over 500 guests attended the event.
Chairman Toh Soon Huat said, “At present, Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine charity platform , Sian Chay has the unique advantages in the treatment and health care with traditional Chinese medicine, such as Tui Na and acupuncture. It has also won the unanimous praise of patients from all ethnic groups. With the co-operation, support and encouragement of the public and Sian Chay Management, Sian Chay has set up 15 branches since 2008 and transformed from a traditional charity to a professional social enterprise.
The charity platform of Sian Chay is dedicated to promoting racial harmony and social stability. Everyone should cherish the social civilization, social progress and social stability. We should love and care for each other, live together in harmony and create a prosperous Singapore with universal love and empathy. Be grateful to life and cherish life. The patients in Sian Chay give us many opportunities to serve them. We are grateful to them. They give us the opportunity to learn, to grow, to be humble and to improve, and to discharge the duty and obligation as citizens. Do our part and contribute our strength to the country.”
Mr. Ng Chee Meng said in his speech, “Our government cherishes every citizen and spends energy and money to ensure that the public can benefit while the country succeeds. But only relying on the government is not enough, so I am very grateful to the guests for their kindness.”
Dato’ Seri Dr. Derek Goh BBM, Sian Chay Vice Chairman, Organising Committee Chairman addressed, “My sincere appreciation to our sponsors and donors for their generous donations to support the Installation Ceremony tonight. Special thanks to our Honourable Chairmen, Honorary Directors, Honorary Chairmen, Charity, Benevolent and Youth Ambassadors for accepting their respective honorary appointments to serve in the 83rd Term Board. I am truly honoured to serve with them to contribute and participate in the fundraising campaign and programmes of Sian Chay.
I am also very grateful to JCI where I serve as a patron, and ASSEAN where I serve as Senior Presidential Advisor and Chairman of Foundation, for the support to Sian Chay Medical Institution in the past a few years.”
The elected members of the 83rd Board of Directors are as follows.
Chairman Toh Soon Huat JP, BBM, PVPA
Vice Chairman Dato’ Seri Ricky Kok Kuan Hwa
Vice Chairman Dr Simon Keak Lai Heng PBM
Vice Chairman Dato’ Seri Dr. Derek Goh BBM
Secretary Dato’ Seri Jackson Teo Ngiang Heng PBM
Assistant Secretary Dr Yap Seng Teck
Treasurer Mr. Raymond Chua Swee Wah
Medical Affair Officer Mr. Anthony Aiw
Social Affair Officer Ms. Annie Gan Giok Em
Director Mr. Kenny Lim Oon Cheng
Director Ms.Michelle Lu Yanping
Director Mr. Cui Peng
Chairman Toh Soon Huat led the Board of Directors in the oath taking witnessed by Minister Ng Chee Meng.
During the event, the 82nd Term Treasurer (Mr. Teo Ngiang Heng) handed over the accounting records and seals to the 83 rd Term Treasurer (Mr. Chua Swee Wah).
Subsequently, Guest of Honour, Minister Ng presented the Letters of Appointment to the Honourable Chairman and Advisors. The list is as follows:
- Mr Chia Chor Meng JP BBM
- Dato’ Seri Dr Derek Goh BBM
- Dato’ Sri Dr. Peter Lim Yong Guan PBM
- Datuk Wira Eric Tan Eng Huat
- Mr Patrick Khoo PBM
- Mr Ang Chin Koon PBM
- Mr Neo Kah Kiat PBM
- Mr Lee Kin Hong
- Mr Teo Kim Chuan
- Legal Advisor Mr Ung Gim Sei
- Advisor Mr Ngoh Tian Lock
In appreciation of the support and kindness for Sian Chay Medical Institution, Minister Ng Chee Meng, Minister Dr. Lam Pin Min, MP Melvin Yong and Mr. Lee Hong Chuan were each presented with a calligraphy works by the famous local calligrapher, 93-year-old Mr. Chui Choo Sin, as a memento.
The growth and development of Sian Chay Medical Institution is inseparable from the support of the public and sponsors. On the evening, Minister Dr. Lam Pin Min presented the mementoes to the corporations with long-term support to Sian Chay, those individuals and sponsors who pledged $500,000 and $1,000,000.
The donors and sponsors are as follow:
$3 million and above
$2 million and above
Care & Share Movement represented by Mr Phillip Tan PJG, JP, BBM(L)
Dato’ Dr Tan Hian-Tsin
$1 million and above
Mr Kenny Lim , Mr Lim Oon Kuin and Lim Family represented by Mr Kenny Lim Oon Cheng
$800,000 and above
San Wang Wu Ti Religions Society
$500,000 and above
Ms Michelle Lu, Mr Chok、 Mr Simon Cheong
Sponsors for 83rd Term BOD Installation Ceremony
Mr Chia Chor Meng JP BBM, Chia Khim Lee Group
Mr Ang Kiam Meng, JUMBO Group of Restaurants
Dato’Seri Dr. Derek Goh BBM, Serial System Ltd
Dato’Seri Teo Kiang Ang PBM
Mr Ang Yu Seng, Union Steel Holdings Limited
Singapore Kwantung Hui Koon
Yen Leng Goh Clan Association
Zhi Zhen Tan Dao Xue Hui (Singapore )
Rao Ping Huay Kuan
The event raised a total of S$203,000, of which the sponsors sponsored S$75,000, Qian Xi Group sponsored the banquet by S$30,000, and the dinner auction raised S$98,000 (The 3 calligraphy works by 93-year-old calligrapher Chui Choo Sin and 2 calligraphy works by Qin Shengyi). The calligraphy “Harmony” was bidded by Dato Wu Hejing at S$20,000; the calligraphy “Equality” was bidded by Mr. Neo Kah Kiat PBM at S$15,000; the calligraphy “Equality “devotion” was bidded by Mr. Kenny Lim at S$15,000; the calligraphy “Grateful life” was bidded by Dato’ Seri Fan Lijun at S$15,000; the calligraphy “Universal Love and Empathy” was bidded by Mr and Mrs Kim Hede at S$33,000.
Since the opening of branches in the constituencies with limited accessibility , Sian Chay has received the support from the government and the overwhelming welcome from the residents. The branches represent not only time saving for the residents but also provide timely treatment for the patients. It also promotes a healthy lifestyle for the residents .
Sian Chay Medical Institution is a voluntary welfare organization with a history of over 100 years. It advocates healthy lifestyle and blissful living , serving the society with selfless devotion, providing free TCM consultation and subsidized treatment. It is also dedicated to promoting racial harmony and social stability through the platform of Sian Chay. Everyone should cherish the social civilization, social progress and social stability. Everyone should care for each other, live in harmony, and promote a prosperous Singapore, universal love and empathy.
Since 2008 when Mr. Toh Soon Huat assumed Chairmanship, with the support of the public and the hard work of the Board of Directors and the management , the century-old Sian Chay has been injected with new vitality. Within only a few years, Sian Chay has grown into a charity organization with 15 branches serving over 1,200 patients daily and supported 4 wellness centres which visited by 10,000 residents every year. (The senior citizens holding PG cards can enjoy full waiver of free medical charges, and the needy families can also apply for full waiver.) Sian Chay has received unanimous recognition and praises from the patients and benevolent people in the society.
At present, Sian Chay Medical Institution has about 100 employees. In the past four years (2014 to 2017), Sian Chay has served about 980,000 patient visits and dispensed 1.81 million dosages of prescription. In the next five years (2018-2022), the number of patient visits will reach 2.5 million and the number of prescription dosages will reach at 4.8 million.
With the support of the Lee Foundation, Sian Chay established the Pioneer Generation Medical Fund (PGMF) to support the Pioneer Generation to enjoy free TCM consultation and treatment at Sian Chay clinics. Over the past three years (2015-2017), 300,000 Pioneer Generation patients have received free medical service from Sian Chay, which also means that 300,000 families have benefited from it.
On 19th May 2018, Sian Chay launched the “To Puan Dr Tsao Sui Lan Memorial Endowment Fund” with support of Dr. Tan Hian-Tsin. The Fund aims to assist the hardship and welfare cases referred by the Grassroots Advisers during their weekly Meet-The-People Sessions (MPS).
Sian Chay actively participates in community charity events, promotes health awareness, and encourages healthcare activities. Sian Chay also plans to offer Chinese language courses to non-Chinese residents. Sian Chay widely distributes leaflets in four languages to allow non-Chinese residents understand about Sian Chay, enjoy Sian Chay’s services, and appreciate Chinese culture. We should communicate with each other, interact with each other, share resources, foster racial harmony and create a harmonious society. Sian Chay is also engaged in many other charity activities such as arranging professional hairdressers to offer regular haircut for the elderly at the branches, inviting prominent people to give fine arts classes to the residents, distributing tote bags and etc. All the above has been recognized by not only the residents but also the people from all walks of life.
“Forgiveness, Universal Love, Compassion, Gratitude and Blessing ” are part of the spirit of Sian Chay and they have been also integrated into the daily code of conduct for every Sian Chay staff. Sian Chay promotes the beliefs that “From the society, For the society. To take care of the disadvantaged groups, with effort or money. Wishing everyone working together to contribute to the charity cause with one’s own efforts.” Because we know that “Nation Progresses, Family Prospers; Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours. Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People”. This can make a better society .”
Sian Chay Medical Institution’s 83rd Term BOD Installation Ceremony came to a successful conclusion. The event was supported by people from all walks of life. We believe that under the leadership of Chairman Toh Soon Huat and the new generation of Board of Directors, Sian Chay will get better with each passing day, and the charity causes in Singapore will also begin a new era!