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Annual Report <strong>2011</strong><br />

Report <strong>2011</strong><br />


Contents<br />

Contents<br />

President’s Message ....................................................................................................................... 2<br />

The Year in Review ............................................................................................................................ 3<br />

Panel of Advisors (<strong>2011</strong>) ............................................................................................................ 10<br />

Executive Committee (<strong>2011</strong>) ................................................................................................... 11<br />

Report of the Executive Committee ................................................................................... 14<br />

Accounts and Reports .................................................................................................................. 31<br />

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President’s President’s Message Message<br />

I am extremely pleased to<br />

present the Annual Report<br />

for <strong>2011</strong> of Young Sikh<br />

Association (Singapore).<br />

This provides an important<br />

opportunity for me to<br />

report on the performance<br />

of the Association in the<br />

course of the last year and<br />

communicate some of its<br />

key efforts.<br />

In the course of the last year, the Association organised<br />

a number of important programmes. At the same<br />

time, we launched, jointly and independently, several<br />

interesting initiatives. These have supported our mission<br />

of fulfilling the aspirations of young Singaporeans. We<br />

also lent support to key programmes of other Sikh<br />

institutions and like-minded organisations outside the<br />

Sikh community. All these programmes have made it<br />

an eventful year for the Association.<br />

Whilst the Association has done well in the last year,<br />

it can do much more in the years ahead. It cannot<br />

remain static for it will stagnate. It will have to review<br />

and refine its current slate of programmes and identify<br />

and implement new and exciting initiatives while<br />

deciding which of the established programmes will<br />

continue to give it value and assist in its mission. Some<br />

things must remain constant though – the Association<br />

must continue to work with partners in and outside<br />

the Sikh community to achieve maximum returns. As<br />

importantly, it must constantly be on the search for<br />

dedicated and committed youths that it can induct into<br />

the Executive Committee. In short, it must continue<br />

to be dynamic, versatile and forward-looking while<br />

taking advantage of the platforms and the credibility<br />

that have been built up so that it remains relevant to its<br />

stakeholders and constituents.<br />

Advisors have provided much needed guidance to<br />

chart the directions of the Association. The Executive<br />

Committee has, over the years, been instrumental in<br />

executing important and relevant programmes in the<br />

pursuit of the Association’s mission and objectives. I<br />

also thank all the members for their strong support and<br />

patronage.<br />

The Association will witness a change of leadership at<br />

its Annual General Meeting this year. We started the<br />

process of leadership renewal about four years ago.<br />

The founding team’s goal was to build the organisation,<br />

give it momentum and then hand over the reins to a<br />

team that could take it forward. We identified and<br />

groomed relevant Executive Committee members and<br />

gave them opportunities to take on key appointments<br />

so that they would be ready to assume the mantle of<br />

leadership.<br />

I am completing my term as President of the Association<br />

in the firm belief that I leave it in the hands of a highly<br />

committed and dedicated Executive Committee, led<br />

by capable and professional leadership. I know they<br />

will carry on the good work and take the Association to<br />

new heights. I ask the members to give their support to<br />

the incoming Executive Committee in the same manner<br />

as they have done in the past. I wish my successor and<br />

the incoming Executive Committee every success in<br />

their endeavours.<br />

Hernaikh Singh<br />

I am deeply honoured to have led the Association since<br />

its founding nine years ago. They have been fruitful and<br />

enriching years for me personally and professionally.<br />

During this period, the Association made great strides<br />

and achieved much. This would not have been<br />

possible without the unstinting support of the Advisors<br />

and the members of the Executive Committee. The<br />

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“<br />

They certainly flew the SIngapore flag high in Punjab<br />

and did the Association proud by their act of compassion<br />

and service to the less fortunate in India.”<br />

The year <strong>2011</strong> was a highly productive and fruitful one<br />

for Young Sikh Association (Singapore).<br />

We launched several initiatives and organised a<br />

range of programmes focusing on the core areas<br />

of community service projects, intellectual and<br />

professional development, greater racial and religious<br />

awareness and understanding, showcasing talent<br />

within the Sikh community and forging closer linkages<br />

with other segments of Singapore’s social fabric.<br />

These initiatives and programmes provided important<br />

platforms for the Association to reach out to young<br />

Sikhs and young Singaporeans in particular, and<br />

the larger Singapore society in general, as well as to<br />

achieve its mandate of fulfilling aspirations.<br />

The Important Tenet of Community Service<br />

Community service has been an intrinsic part of the<br />

Association’s work in the last nine years. Holding firm<br />

to the belief that participation in community service<br />

promotes compassion, care and concern among<br />

young Singaporeans, we have been organising<br />

annual community service expeditions to India. We<br />

also strongly believe that such voluntary and selfless<br />

efforts should be recognised, and have worked hard<br />

to recognise and showcase volunteers and support<br />

the efforts of partner organisations in this area.<br />

In January <strong>2011</strong>, we organised a certificate<br />

presentation ceremony for participants of Project<br />

Khwaish X. The 16 participants not only built a<br />

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library but also completely changed the facade of<br />

the village school in Mandiala in Punjab through a<br />

complete paint job, a new boundary wall and school<br />

gates, fans, lights and furniture, among others. They<br />

certainly flew the Singapore flag high in Punjab and<br />

did the Association proud by their act of compassion<br />

and service to the less fortunate in India. Mr Sam<br />

Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and<br />

Industry, and Information, Communications and the<br />

Arts, was the Guest-of-Honour at the ceremony.<br />

In August <strong>2011</strong>, the Association once again supported<br />

the fundraising efforts of the Sikh Welfare Council<br />

(SIWEC) through its Flag Day. Our members joined<br />

many other Sikhs and non-Sikhs to walk the streets<br />

to raise funds for SIWEC’s programmes for needy<br />

and less privileged families. The fundraising efforts<br />

met with great success and achieved the target set<br />

by the Council.<br />

In the same month, the Association, through its newlyestablished<br />

Healthy Lifestyle Club, participated in a<br />

charity football tournament to raise funds for Down<br />

Syndrome Association Singapore. The <strong>YSA</strong> Healthy<br />

Lifestyle Club was set up in July <strong>2011</strong> to promote a<br />

healthy lifestyle and build a harmonious and vibrant<br />

community. The tournament enabled the Association<br />

achieve the twin objectives of supporting a worthy<br />

cause and encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its<br />

members.<br />

At the end of the year, the Association sent its eleventh<br />

community service expedition to Ludhiana in Punjab.<br />

Mr Seah Kian Peng, Deputy Speaker of Parliament<br />

and Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC,<br />

joined the participants’ family members and guests<br />

at the send-off ceremony for the project participants<br />

in December <strong>2011</strong>. The multi-ethnic group of 22<br />

Singaporeans built a library of 2,500 books and a<br />

new staff room in the school. It also donated new<br />

furniture, stationery and toys during the expedition.<br />

While making a significant difference to the school<br />

and host community, the expedition also provided the<br />

opportunity to the participants to have a more in-depth<br />

understanding of the Sikhs, their roots and heritage.<br />

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Emphasis on Active Citizenry and Global<br />

Mindset<br />

The Association also places a significant emphasis<br />

on developing a global mindset among young<br />

Singaporeans. It is important for our youths to have a<br />

keen understanding of local, regional and international<br />

developments so that they become active participants<br />

in society and keep abreast of and, where possible,<br />

influence changes taking places around them. This<br />

is important to ensure that all Singaporeans have a<br />

stake in the development of our society.<br />

The Association and a number of its present and past<br />

Executive Committee members participated in the<br />

Sikh retreat in January <strong>2011</strong>. An important initiative<br />

spearheaded by the Sikh Advisory Board, the retreat<br />

provided the opportunity for the Sikh community to<br />

examine the progress made, the key challenges it<br />

faces and the measures needed to address these<br />

challenges.<br />

In July <strong>2011</strong>, we organised a seminar on ‘The New<br />

Social Compact in Singapore’. This was held on the<br />

back of a watershed election in Singapore last year<br />

which led to the emergence of a ‘new normal’ in<br />

Singapore’s socio-political landscape. The seminar<br />

threw up many interesting views and perspectives on<br />

the issue of the new social compact in Singapore.<br />

We also organised the fourth Ministerial Dialogue with<br />

Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister in the Prime Minister’s<br />

Office, in November <strong>2011</strong>. Focusing on the responses<br />

to Singapore’s socio-economic challenges, the<br />

session witnessed a frank and candid sharing session<br />

among the participants.<br />

The latter two events, as in the case of many of the<br />

Association’s events, witnessed the participation of new<br />

citizens, which provided an important and, at times,<br />

different perspectives to the discussions of the day.<br />

Importance of Racial Harmony<br />

The Association propagates the view that a peaceful<br />

and harmonious racial and religious environment is<br />

vital to the growth and success of Singapore. We have<br />

been playing an important role in promoting racial and<br />

religious harmony, understanding and appreciation<br />

through our programmes.<br />

At the start of the year, the Association lent its support<br />

to the Chingay Parade as part of the larger Indian<br />

community contingent. The Association viewed its<br />

involvement in the parade as an important reflection<br />

of its own aspiration of promoting unity across<br />

communities and cultures.<br />

In February <strong>2011</strong>, more than 250 players and close to<br />

150 supporters and spectators came together to be<br />

part of the <strong>YSA</strong> ‘Racial Harmony’ Football Tournament.<br />

Into its eighth year, the event has become a regular<br />

feature on the Association’s calendar. Whilst promoting<br />

a healthy lifestyle among young Singaporeans, the<br />

event also promotes the importance message of<br />

racial and religious harmony.<br />

A month later, the Association lent its support to<br />

the Fandi Ahmad Academy Religious Harmony Cup<br />

through the nomination of a team. It had a similar<br />

objective as our own annual tournament – to promote<br />

religious harmony in Singapore.<br />

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“<br />

We place much emphasis on grooming the next<br />

generation of leaders to take the Association to the next<br />

level of growth. Similarly, we believe on the need to<br />

develop leadership at all levels within and outside<br />

the Sikh community.”<br />

The Association participated in the Fourth Community<br />

Engagement Games Day in August <strong>2011</strong>. We<br />

have been part of this important initiative since its<br />

inception and we have found it to extremely relevant<br />

in strengthening Singapore’s social fabric.<br />

Spearheaded by the Singapore Buddhist Federation,<br />

the event provided an important occasion for<br />

Singaporeans from different faiths to come together<br />

and develop greater understanding through sports<br />

and other informal activities.<br />

Engaging the Next Generation of Sikh Leaders<br />

We place much emphasis on grooming the next<br />

generation of leaders to take the Association to the<br />

next level of growth. Similarly, we believe on the need to<br />

develop leadership at all levels within and outside the Sikh<br />

community. Together with the Sikh Centre, Singapore,<br />

we established an annual networking session and tea<br />

reception for graduating Sikhs in 2008.<br />

In October <strong>2011</strong>, the Association and the Sikh Centre,<br />

Singapore, organised the fourth such session for 31<br />

graduates. This initiative has gained much support<br />

since its initiation and has become a place for building<br />

networks for graduating Sikhs.<br />

Supporting Talent and Cultural Development<br />

The Association actively reaches out to budding and<br />

talented individuals and provides the much-needed<br />

fillip to enable them to showcase their talent to the<br />

wider Singapore community. It is the Association’s<br />

way of contributing to the Sikh community and to<br />

Singapore’s fast flourishing arts and culture scenes.<br />

In October <strong>2011</strong>, the Association ventured into play<br />

presentation for the second time since its founding.<br />

Six years earlier, it had presented ‘Khoj…In Search<br />

Of!’ to a full-house of more than 900 people.<br />

This time, we lent our support to KRI Art and Theatre<br />

in its staging of ‘The Doctor is In’ which examined<br />

issues of globalisation and their impact on traditional<br />

Indian family values.<br />

The play had a sell-out crowd at all its three stagings<br />

and received much complimentary feedback from the<br />

audience. The Association was pleased to be associated<br />

with the play and with its efforts to support young Sikhs<br />

realise their dreams and fulfill their aspirations.<br />

Active Guidance, Support and Participation<br />

When the Association was established in 2003, there<br />

was a strong belief that it was relevant and that it would<br />

soon occupy its important place in the Sikh community<br />

and Singapore society. However, at the same time, there<br />

was some trepidation among the founding members<br />

as to whether we could succeed in the longer term.<br />

Such concerns are normal for any new organisation<br />

and the Association was no different.<br />

The Association can pride itself as having done well.<br />

It has, in the years since its founding, become an<br />

important part of the institutional landscape in the Sikh<br />

community and earned a reputation for delivering a<br />

consistently high level of activities. It would not have<br />

been able to achieve so much in such a short time<br />

without the unstinting support of and participation<br />

from many individuals and organisations, and it is<br />

important to acknowledge their contributions to the<br />

Association.<br />

The Executive Committee comprises volunteers<br />

who have full-time jobs and many other competing<br />

engagements. Furthermore, the Association has<br />

never had any full-time staff. Thus, unlike many<br />

other organisations, the Executive Committee not<br />

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only worked on the strategies and conceptualisation<br />

of the Association’s initiatives, it also played the<br />

important role of bringing these initiatives to fruition.<br />

The Executive Committee members spend much<br />

time planning and executing programmes in the belief<br />

that this is but their small contribution to a much<br />

larger cause or ensuring the long-term development<br />

and growth of the Association.<br />

The Association has also relied considerably on its<br />

Advisors for guidance and support since its inception.<br />

In the last year, we had the fortune of having another<br />

distinguished businessman, Mr Kirpa Ram Sharma,<br />

accepting our invitation to be part of the Panel of<br />

Advisors. These Advisors give much of their time and<br />

resources to ensuring that the Association stays true<br />

to its founding principles of fulfilling the aspirations of<br />

young Singaporeans.<br />

Today, the Association has close to 600 members from<br />

the Sikh and non-Sikh communities. These members<br />

have consistently lent their support to the Association’s<br />

programmes and activities. Many have, from time to<br />

time, assisted with the organisation of the Association’s<br />

events. We are indebted to them for choosing to be<br />

part of the Association.<br />

In addition to the Advisors, Executive Committee and<br />

members, there are many organisations and individuals<br />

that have come forward to support the Association’s<br />

programmes through generous donations, exposure<br />

opportunities and support in numbers. We are<br />

extremely appreciative of their support. Without their<br />

involvement, the Association would not have achieved<br />

the success that it has.<br />

Renewal of Leadership and Executive<br />

Committee<br />

A new leadership and Executive Committee will take<br />

their place at the Association at the Annual General<br />

Meeting. The incoming Executive Committee will<br />

have re-elected and newly-elected members. This<br />

is important. The re-elected Executive Committee<br />

members will ensure continuity and the Association’s<br />

connections with the past while the newly-elected<br />

Executive Committee members will bring new and<br />

fresh perspectives.<br />

The key task of the incoming Executive Committee<br />

will be to ensure that the Association continues the<br />

good work of the outgoing leadership and Executive<br />

Committee and take the Association further in<br />

the pursuit of its mandate and objectives. With the<br />

Association’s emphasis on succession planning<br />

and in its efforts to identify and bring young and<br />

committed individuals onto the Executive Committee,<br />

the incoming Executive Committee has the ability to<br />

further advance the Association.<br />

Anticipating an Active and Fruitful Year<br />

The Association now has a range of interesting and<br />

exciting programmes which have been a regular<br />

feature on its calendar. These include the racial<br />

harmony football tournament, the community service<br />

project, the certificate presentation ceremony, the<br />

ministerial dialogue and lecture series, and the tea<br />

reception for graduating Sikhs.<br />

The year ahead will witness several interesting<br />

programmes and activities. The fifth Ministerial<br />

Dialogue will take place in the third quarter of the<br />

year. Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Finance<br />

and Manpower, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will<br />

be the guest speaker at the dialogue session. At the<br />

same time, we will organise the second Bhangra<br />

Bonanza, which will see bhangra groups performing<br />

in the heartlands of Singapore. We shall organise<br />

the seventh Khwaish Lecture this year as well. At the<br />

same time, we will initiate several sporting activities<br />

under the umbrella of the <strong>YSA</strong> Healthy Lifestyle Club.<br />

We look forward to the members’ active support and<br />

participation in these activities.<br />

The Association has grown from strength to strength<br />

over the years and has taken its rightful place in the<br />

Sikh community and Singapore society. With its<br />

new leadership and Executive Committee, and its<br />

current and planned activities, the Association, in its<br />

next phase, hopes to cement its place as a standard<br />

bearer for Sikh organisations.<br />

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of Advisors (<strong>2011</strong>)<br />

Panel of Advisors (<strong>2011</strong>)<br />

Panel<br />

Mr Davinder Singh<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

Drew and Napier LLC<br />

Mr Inderjit Singh<br />

Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC<br />

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Infiniti Solutions; and<br />

Executive Chairman, Tri-Star Electronics<br />

Mr Kirpa Ram Sharma<br />

Managing Director<br />

Pars Ram Brothers (Pte) Ltd<br />

Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman<br />

Senior Parliamentary Secretary<br />

Ministry of National Development; and<br />

Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC<br />

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Committee (<strong>2011</strong>)<br />

Executive Committee (<strong>2011</strong>)<br />

Executive<br />

Mr Hernaikh Singh<br />

President<br />

Mr Malminderjit Singh<br />

Vice-President (Corporate Relations)<br />

Ms Sheetal Kaur<br />

Vice-President (Administration)<br />

Mr Nirman Singh<br />

Honorary Secretary<br />

Mr Kuldip Singh<br />

Assistant Secretary and Culture<br />

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Mr Gurmeet Singh<br />

Honorary Treasurer<br />

Mr Sukhbir Singh<br />

Assistant Treasurer<br />

Mr Satwant Singh<br />

Committee Member<br />

Mr Harveen Narulla<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Newsletter Editor)<br />

Ms Harsimar Kaur<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Corporate Communications and<br />

Intellectual and Professional Development)<br />

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Ms Harjean Kaur<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Intellectual and Professional Development)<br />

Mr Simarnirvair Singh<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Intellectual and Professional Development)<br />

Ms Sithara Doriasamy<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Conferences and Seminars)<br />

Mr Jovin Hurry<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Conferences and Seminars)<br />

Ms Huda Ishak<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Community Service)<br />

Mr Kulwant Singh<br />

Committee Member<br />

(Sports)<br />

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Report of the Executive Report of the Executive Committee<br />

Committee<br />

Community Service<br />

Community service to local and international causes<br />

has been an important tenet of the Association since<br />

its inception. The initiatives under this banner provide<br />

the opportunity to young Singaporeans to contribute<br />

to society and make a difference to the lives of the<br />

less fortunate and needy. At the same time, they<br />

enable the participants to experience a sense of civic<br />

engagement and social responsibility, and develop<br />

group and leadership skills. Equally important, they<br />

help develop a closer appreciation and understanding<br />

of the Sikh community amongst the non-Sikh<br />

participants.<br />

In <strong>2011</strong>, the Association led its eleventh community<br />

service project to India. Since its inception in 2003,<br />

the Khwaish projects have witnessed the participation<br />

of more than 200 Sikhs and non-Sikh youths who<br />

have undertaken a range of activities during the<br />

expeditions. These included constructing a fitness<br />

park for the aged, refurbishing and re-painting schools<br />

in villages, conducting English language lessons and<br />

drama classes for students, holding workshops for<br />

teachers, developing libraries, and computer and<br />

multipurpose halls, organising personal hygiene<br />

classes for the schoolchildren, and donating clothes,<br />

toys and books to the schools, the children and the<br />

host communities.<br />

Certificate Presentation Ceremony for<br />

Project Khwaish X<br />

Sixteen young Singaporeans participated in Project<br />

Khwaish X, <strong>YSA</strong>’s tenth community service project to<br />

Punjab, India, from 7 to 27 December 2010.<br />

During the expedition, the volunteers provided a<br />

completely new school and learning environment<br />

to the teachers and students of a village school in<br />

India in less than three weeks. They started with an<br />

old rundown room and converted it to a full-fledged<br />

library, donating 2,500 books, eight bookshelves and<br />

a laptop to manage the library loans system, which<br />

they also set up and taught the students to operate.<br />

They then cleaned, plastered and painted the school.<br />

To create a safe and demarcated learning space,<br />

they also built a seven-foot boundary wall around<br />

the school with two new gates. Moving then to the<br />

classrooms, the volunteers fitted them with ceiling<br />

fans and lights to make classes in the hot summers<br />

more bearable and indoor lessons less strenuous on<br />

the eyes of the pupils. At the same time, they built an<br />

indoor kitchen, donated a cooker for the preparation of<br />

the children’s meals and provided a water purification<br />

system to the school, which until then had no choice<br />

but to supply unfiltered and often contaminated water.<br />

The volunteers also donated more than 160 chairs<br />

and tables to the school.<br />

The participants were recognised for their efforts at<br />

a certificate presentation ceremony organised by the<br />

Association at the Grassroots Club on 25 January<br />

<strong>2011</strong>. Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for<br />

Trade and Industry, and Information, Communications<br />

and the Arts, who presented the certificates, stated,<br />

“I would like to commend the team members for their<br />

selfless contributions to making a difference to the lives<br />

of the children in the village by providing them with a<br />

positive educational environment which we take for<br />

granted in Singapore. I am certain that their efforts have<br />

also touched the hearts of the local community beyond<br />

the physical and material outcomes of the project.”<br />

Mr Tan encouraged the participants to continue to<br />

do their part for the Sikh community and society at<br />

large. “I hope that you (the participants of the project)<br />

will continue to be involved in volunteering work, be<br />

it at the Association or other organisations, locally or<br />

abroad, so that more people will be touched by your<br />

good work.”<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> also used the certificate presentation ceremony to<br />

recognise a very special volunteer – Madam Paramjit<br />

Kaur. She was not a participant in the project. However,<br />

she contributed significantly to the project’s success.<br />

She went house to house with one of the project’s<br />

facilitators to collect clothes throughout the day till late<br />

at night. She tirelessly sourced for boxes and helped<br />

to sort out the clothes. She also singlehandedly raised<br />

$2,000 for the project, apart from buying 1,500 books<br />

which were donated to the school, together with<br />

stationery sets and gifts for the children.<br />

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Community Community Service Service<br />

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Report of the Executive Report of the Executive Committee<br />

Committee<br />

Project Khwaish XI<br />

Twenty-two Singaporeans went on a journey of selfless<br />

and charitable service in aid of underprivileged and<br />

needy children in Punjab, India, from 7 to 26 December<br />

<strong>2011</strong>. They were part of <strong>YSA</strong>’s Project Khwaish XI.<br />

The project represented a truly Singaporean ethnic<br />

flavour. It comprised participants from all the racial<br />

and religious groups in Singapore, namely, nine Sikhs,<br />

two Chinese, nine Indians and two Malay/Muslims.<br />

The overseas community service expeditions are an<br />

important means for the Association to showcase<br />

its efforts to be inclusive and to reach out to young<br />

Singaporeans from all walks and backgrounds.<br />

books in order to make them easier to access for needy<br />

schoolchildren in Punjab, India. The group also cleaned,<br />

refurbished and painted the school building. Beyond the<br />

library, the team came up with a large new staffroom<br />

as the teachers had expressed a lack of motivation at<br />

having to work in an old room with no proper furniture.<br />

Besides donating the furniture, the team contributed<br />

about 50 books and transformed it into a conducive<br />

room for the staff with other improvements. Over the<br />

three weeks, the team provided a completely new<br />

school environment for the teachers and students.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> organised a send-off ceremony for the<br />

participants on 7 December <strong>2011</strong>. Mr Seah Kian<br />

Peng, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member<br />

of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, was the<br />

Guest-of-Honour at the ceremony. He applauded<br />

the participants for their initiative and stated, “Such<br />

efforts demonstrate that our youths are far from<br />

apathetic. They want to contribute. They want to be<br />

seen. They want to be heard. They want to make a<br />

difference.”<br />

During the project, the participants built two libraries<br />

and subsequently catalogued close to 2,500 donated<br />

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Community Community Service Service<br />

“<br />

The project also enabled the participants to<br />

better understand India and Punjab, their rich history,<br />

tradition, culture and way of life.”<br />

It was a wonderful opportunity for young Singaporeans<br />

to come together to and work as a team to help the<br />

schoolchildren by developing a library and painting the<br />

whole school. The Singapore team made a significant<br />

difference to the host community. The school was its<br />

shining and tangible contribution.<br />

The project also enabled the participants to better<br />

understand India and Punjab, their rich history,<br />

tradition, culture and way of life. Through seeing<br />

Punjab and India first hand, working with the<br />

locals on the project, eating, communicating and<br />

interacting with the people on the ground, and visiting<br />

places of educational and historical significance,<br />

the participants had a clearer understanding and<br />

appreciation of India and Punjab and their socioeconomic<br />

systems.<br />

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Conferences and Seminars<br />

Among many other programmes, <strong>YSA</strong> has been<br />

organising regular and timely forums on many<br />

thought-provoking and topical issues. This effort aims<br />

to broadens the perspectives young Singaporeans on<br />

global politics, businesses, technologies and other<br />

social and cultural environments.<br />

In <strong>2011</strong>, several developments in Singapore pointed<br />

to a transformation in the social landscape, with<br />

implications on the social fabric of the country as well<br />

as on the political and economic fronts. The Association<br />

took the opportunity to organise a seminar comprising<br />

speakers from relevant sections of Singapore’s society<br />

as well as a dialogue session with a Singapore minister<br />

on key socio-economic challenges for Singapore.<br />

Seminar on New Social Compact in<br />

Singapore<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> organised a seminar on ‘The New Social Compact<br />

in Singapore’ with a cross section of the stakeholders<br />

of Singapore’s society on 9 July <strong>2011</strong>. More than 130<br />

participants attended the seminar, which brought<br />

together four distinguished panelists from a cross<br />

section of Singapore’s society. These were Mr Inderjit<br />

Singh and Mr Pritam Singh, Members of Parliament<br />

for Ang Mo Kio GRC and Aljunied GRC respectively,<br />

Mr Zakir Hussain, correspondent on the Political<br />

Desk of The Straits Times, and Dr Tan Chi Chiu,<br />

Chairman of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at<br />

the Singapore Management University. Together, they<br />

focused on the issue of the new social compact from<br />

the perspectives of the government, the opposition,<br />

young Singaporeans and civil society.<br />

Mr Inderjit said that the People’s Action Party’s (PAP)<br />

decision of “growth at all cost”, without paying closer<br />

attention on the socio-economic impact it had on<br />

the people, resulted in it losing a significant number<br />

of votes in the recent election. He added that the<br />

policy to increase the number of foreign workers<br />

and new citizens resulted in increased demand for<br />

flats and public transport, which added pressure on<br />

infrastructure and services. He further stated that<br />

the last election had the most number of hot-button<br />

issues surfaced in a single election and this affected<br />

the confidence of the people in the ruling party, apart<br />

from the party having to face the challenges of the<br />

new media.<br />

Mr Zakir opined that the voters who would vote against<br />

the PAP are young people seeking a new social<br />

compact (a ‘contract’ or understanding between<br />

people and the government). However, he added<br />

that those who subscribe to the old social compact,<br />

including many older people, will still vote for the PAP.<br />

Mr Pritam gave his view that the new social compact<br />

has been around for many years now but has only<br />

started being expressed more vocally in recent<br />

years. He added that it is important to recognise<br />

this new social compact and to address the needs<br />

and concerns of Singaporeans. According to Dr Tan,<br />

often politicians are not obstacles to the changes<br />

that need to be made, but that it is the civil service<br />

and administrative staff who often defend and keep<br />

entrenched policies they have formulated.<br />

In addition to Singaporeans, the seminar also saw<br />

the participation of new citizens. This provided them<br />

with an opportunity to share their views on the new<br />

social compact as well as provided a platform for<br />

robust discussion among the panelists and other<br />

Singaporean participants. The effort to integrate these<br />

new citizens into the larger Singapore community,<br />

which is a feature of the changed landscape here, is<br />

part of the new social compact. <strong>YSA</strong> was happy to<br />

have facilitated this through the seminar.<br />

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Ministerial Dialogue <strong>2011</strong><br />

The Singapore General Elections in May <strong>2011</strong> threw up<br />

several critical socio-economic issues that Singapore<br />

needs to address moving forward. These included<br />

affordable housing, transportation, large influx of<br />

foreigners, integration of new citizens, helping less<br />

well-off Singaporeans, employment and employability<br />

for Singaporeans, and economic growth.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong>, therefore, organised a dialogue with Mr Lim<br />

Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, on 26<br />

November <strong>2011</strong> on ‘Ensuring Singapore’s Socioeconomic<br />

Success: Challenges and Responses’.<br />

During the session, Mr Lim stated that the government<br />

is concerned with structural unemployment and he<br />

expects it to get worse, given the economic outlook<br />

for Singapore. He told the about 200 participants that<br />

the government aims to expand the economy by three<br />

to five percent over the next five to ten years for real<br />

wages to keep growing. A key concern though is the<br />

mismatch between workers’ skills and the needs of<br />

employers. He added that low-wage workers and<br />

even professionals, managers and executives are<br />

vulnerable to structural unemployment.<br />

Mr Lim further stated that the government’s current<br />

focus on achieving sustainable and inclusive growth<br />

is an extension of this goal, “Simply put, sustainable<br />

growth is to ensure there are enough opportunities.<br />

Inclusive growth is to minimise structural mismatch. If<br />

a growing number of Singaporeans is not able to take<br />

on these jobs that are being created in the economy,<br />

then they will be excluded.”<br />

The lively discussion session saw Mr Lim peppered<br />

with and deftly fielding a slew of questions from the<br />

participants on topics ranging from inclusive growth,<br />

opportunities for Singaporeans, affordable housing<br />

and healthcare and social mobility, to integration of<br />

new citizens, the generally poor language skills of<br />

foreigners working in the services sector and national<br />

service for second generation permanent eesidents.<br />

The discussions continued into the tea reception<br />

with many animated and engaging exchanges over<br />

refreshments.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> launched the ‘Ministerial Dialogue’ in November<br />

2004 to enable young Singaporeans gain an<br />

understanding of local, regional and global issues<br />

and developments and interact with policymakers<br />

on them. Past ministerial dialogue speakers have<br />

included Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Dr<br />

Vivian Balakrishnan in his then cabinet role as Minister<br />

for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and<br />

former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr George Yeo.<br />

“<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> launched the ‘Ministerial Dialogue’<br />

in November 2004 to enable young Singaporeans<br />

gain an understanding of local, regional and global<br />

issues and developments and interact<br />

with policymakers on them.”<br />

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Intellectual and Professional Intellectual and Professional Development<br />

Development<br />

Intellectual and Professional<br />

Development<br />

Today’s dynamic local and international environments<br />

demand relevant skills acquired through continual<br />

professional and intellectual development and<br />

advancement. Programmes under this platform focus<br />

on presentation, communications and organisation<br />

skills, and management and leadership development,<br />

as well as helping young Singaporeans adopt a positive<br />

attitude, an entrepreneurial spirit and develop the<br />

confidence they need to become a more competent<br />

and active constituency in Singapore.<br />

Last year, the Association, in partnership with the<br />

Sikh Centre, Singapore, reached out to graduating<br />

Sikhs though a tea reception and plaque presentation<br />

ceremony, in what has become an annual event on<br />

the Sikh community’s calendar. We understand the<br />

need and importance of investing in the development<br />

of today’s undergraduates and young professionals to<br />

ensure there is a considerable pool of talent to supply<br />

the ranks of our future community, business, political<br />

and civil society leaders.<br />

Tea Reception for Graduating Sikhs<br />

On 8 October <strong>2011</strong>, <strong>YSA</strong> and the Sikh Centre,<br />

Singapore, organised a plaque presentation ceremony<br />

and tea reception to recognise the academic<br />

achievements of Sikh graduates. Minister of State for<br />

Education and Defence, Mr Lawrence Wong, was the<br />

Guest-of-Honour.<br />

Mr Wong’s message to the graduates was clear:<br />

“Be involved in your own community, and you<br />

can contribute to the country’s socio-economic<br />

development. Each person needs to stay connected<br />

to his or her community, understand its needs and<br />

seek to address them.<br />

According to Mr Wong, the graduates’ educational<br />

achievements must be complemented with a steady<br />

character that can be developed through active citizenry<br />

and community involvement. As such, they should seek<br />

out opportunities to get involved and serve, be it in their<br />

neighbourhood, community or at the national level.<br />

Mr Wong presented plaques to 31 Sikhs who<br />

graduated recently from local and overseas academic<br />

institutions. Over 100 guests attended the ceremony,<br />

including family and friends of the graduates.<br />

The annual presentation ceremony is aimed at<br />

recognising the academic achievements of Sikhs,<br />

including those who pursue post-graduate studies and<br />

continuous learning. It is also an important platform<br />

to engage Sikh graduates and to impress upon them<br />

the need for them, as intellectuals, to contribute to<br />

the Sikh community and Singapore society. Over the<br />

years, the ceremony has also provided an opportunity<br />

for graduates to expand their networks with one<br />

another and others in the community.<br />

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Sports<br />

The Association believes that sports is a fun and<br />

exciting means of networking and interaction, and,<br />

hence, organises a range of sporting activities to<br />

enable young Singaporeans to come together.<br />

The camaraderie that sporting activities brings is<br />

important in breaking boundaries of race, religion and<br />

socio-economic status.<br />

The Association launched the Healthy Lifestyle Club<br />

in partnership with Central Singapore Community<br />

Development Council (CDC) in <strong>2011</strong>. At the same<br />

time, we organised the eighth edition of the football<br />

tourney aimed at promoting racial understanding and<br />

appreciation.<br />

Racial Harmony Football Tournament<br />

On 12 February <strong>2011</strong>, approximately 400 players and<br />

supporters from various ethnic groups participated in<br />

a multiracial football tournament aimed at promoting<br />

racial harmony. They were part of <strong>YSA</strong>’s ‘Racial<br />

Harmony’ Football Tournament.<br />

The event involved 43 teams, including teams from<br />

the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and<br />

OnePeople.sg, as well as new citizens and expatriates<br />

from China, India and Russia. The teams played more<br />

than 100 matches, which involved players who were<br />

as young as nine and as old as 52 years.<br />

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Parliamentary<br />

Secretary for National Development, joined the<br />

festivities and kicked off the tournament.<br />

At the end of the competition, Dorset Boys defeated<br />

Khwaish to win the ‘Open’ category title, Chimes took<br />

the honours in the ‘Veterans’ category, the ‘Junior’ title<br />

went to A Better Team and AMP won the ‘Ladies’ final.<br />

As with previous years, the tournament was well<br />

received. It has grown in stature to become the<br />

second largest racial harmony football tournament in<br />

Singapore.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> Healthy Lifestyle Club<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> started a club for regular fitness and sports<br />

activities on 23 July <strong>2011</strong> to promote a healthier<br />

lifestyle.<br />

Mr Zainudin Nordin, Member of Parliament for Bishan-<br />

Toa Payoh GRC, officially launched the <strong>YSA</strong> Healthy<br />

Lifestyle Club at the Bidadari Park in the presence of<br />

about 50 enthusiastic participants and guests. He then<br />

flagged off a brisk walk and joined the participants in<br />

the walk as well. This marked the first event under the<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> Healthy Lifestyle Club’s banner.<br />

Launched in collaboration with the Healthy Lifestyle<br />

Cub, Central Singapore CDC, the Club aims to<br />

promote a healthier lifestyle and build a harmonious<br />

and vibrant community. Open to all races and ages<br />

(young and seniors, children and families), the <strong>YSA</strong><br />

Healthy Lifestyle Club aims to organise regular fitness<br />

and sports-related activities.<br />

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Culture<br />

The Association strives to strengthen racial and<br />

religious harmony in Singapore through intercommunity<br />

cultural activities and showcasing the<br />

Sikh culture to create greater understanding and<br />

appreciation of the Sikh heritage and traditions.<br />

It also plays the important role of discovering and<br />

showcasing the artistic talent of young Sikhs on<br />

a larger stage. Under its Culture portfolio, the<br />

Association aims for one major cultural activity every<br />

two years.<br />

In <strong>2011</strong>, the Association partnered KRI Art and<br />

Theatre to present a highly relevant play on the impact<br />

of globalisation and the importance of relationships<br />

and understanding within the family.<br />

A Globalisation Comedy<br />

In 2005, <strong>YSA</strong> presented its maiden play titled ‘Khoj…<br />

In Search Of!’ to a sell-out crowd of more than 900<br />

people at the Victoria Concert Hall. We teamed up<br />

with KRI Art and Theatre to present a second fullhouse<br />

production on 15 and 16 October <strong>2011</strong>. More<br />

than 700 people watched ‘The Doctor is In’ at the<br />

Alliance Française Theatre at its three stagings.<br />

The English-language comedy revolved around an<br />

Indian family that moved back from the United States<br />

to Mumbai and grappled with the various demands of<br />

globalisation eroding traditional Indian family values.<br />

Directed by Ms Lovleen Kaur Walia, the comedy was<br />

written by Mr Shane Sakhrani, a Hong-Kong born<br />

Indian with a Masters in Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing<br />

from the University of Southern California.<br />

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Culture Culture<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> accepted the offer to partner KRI Art and<br />

Theatre for two key reasons. The first was that we<br />

wanted to replicate the success of the first play and<br />

had been on the lookout for a similar opportunity for<br />

some time. Secondly, <strong>YSA</strong> has always been keen to<br />

support youth in the community in their endeavours<br />

and in realising their vision through projects they are<br />

passionate about.<br />

Whilst it was a comedy revolving around an Indian<br />

family, the issues it raised were real and serious.<br />

These included the challenges of the perceived<br />

generational and communication gap within Indian<br />

families, issues of filial piety, inter-racial relationships<br />

and prejudice, and the need for the family to remain<br />

united to overcome challenges in life – all delivered<br />

with a good dose of humour.<br />

The three shows received much complimentary<br />

feedback from the audience. Many who attended were<br />

impressed by the level of talent and professionalism<br />

displayed by the cast.<br />

“<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> has always been keen to support youth in the<br />

community in their endeavours and in realising their vision<br />

through projects they are passionate about.”<br />

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“<br />

The Association has received the Report on the<br />

Sikh retreat and looks forward to implementing the<br />

recommendations in it in partnership with other<br />

parties and persons within the Sikh community.”<br />

In Support of other Organisations<br />

The Association has always believed in partnership in<br />

the fulfillment of its mandate and objectives. Whilst the<br />

Association’s key focus is the successful organisation<br />

of programmes for its constituents, it also gains much<br />

value in collaborating with like-minded organisations<br />

so as to achieve much greater returns. Since its<br />

inception, the Association has made significant efforts<br />

to establish linkages with various groupings within<br />

and outside the Sikh community.<br />

In the course of the last year, the Association<br />

supported the work and programmes of a number<br />

of organisations. These included the Sikh Advisory<br />

Board, Sikh Welfare Council, PA Narpani Pearavai,<br />

Fandi Ahmad Academy, Down Syndrome Association<br />

Singapore and the Singapore Buddhist Federation.<br />

The Sikh Retreat<br />

As a result of initiatives in the Sikh community in the<br />

past three years to chart a path forward, a mood of<br />

reinvention, reinvigoration and review has taken hold in<br />

the Sikh community. There has been a keen sense that<br />

a generational shift is beginning and that the wealth of<br />

experience of the older generations which are involved in<br />

leadership in Sikh institutions should be shared with the<br />

young, who also need to take the onus to come forward<br />

to contribute and serve in community institutions.<br />

The retreat commenced with the tone set by Chairman<br />

of the SAB, Mr Surjit Singh, and Member of Parliament<br />

Mr Inderjit Singh, who acknowledged the strong<br />

performance of the Sikh community in the past across<br />

various fields and wisely warned that the need of the<br />

day was not to be self-congratulatory but instead to<br />

understand and accept that the performance of the<br />

community was no longer as strong as it had been in<br />

the past, and that it would need a major community<br />

effort to be restored to its previous trajectory.<br />

The retreat itself focused on six specific areas:<br />

• Promoting Sikhi and the Punjabi language;<br />

• Improving academic and sporting performance;<br />

• Helping the less well fortunate in the community;<br />

• Engaging youth proactively;<br />

• Improving governance and management systems<br />

in Sikh institutions; and<br />

• Establishing an umbrella body for the community.<br />

Each area comprised some discussion points that had<br />

been suggested in the weeks prior by the attendees<br />

as well as others. The participants were allocated<br />

to the discussion areas based on their interest,<br />

experience and ability to contribute to the various<br />

specific discussions, with each group breaking away<br />

to have its separate discussion before all the groups<br />

came together to listen to each of the groups present<br />

and take questions on their discussion area.<br />

On 22 January <strong>2011</strong>, the Sikh Advisory Board (SAB)<br />

spearheaded the organisation of a Sikh retreat.<br />

The attendees were selected from people who had<br />

involvement in community institutions in various<br />

capacities – those whose perspectives could be of<br />

value. The retreat also saw representation from youth<br />

and women, two traditionally under-represented<br />

groups. Some of <strong>YSA</strong>’s present and past Executive<br />

Committee members were part of the Sikh retreat.<br />

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It is hoped that the shared understanding of good faith<br />

that has been established at the Sikh retreat will help<br />

the community’s leadership and the sangat as a whole<br />

to come forward with their ideas, suggestions and<br />

enthusiasm to implement programmes that will take<br />

the community forward. It is hoped that no difference<br />

in view will be too far to bridge and no good idea to<br />

move the community forward will go unimplemented.<br />

The two-day Chingay Parade was held on 11 and 12<br />

February <strong>2011</strong> at the Formula One Pit Building at the<br />

Marina Waterfront. The <strong>2011</strong> parade was the largest<br />

and grandest in the Chingay history.<br />

Chingay Parade began in Singapore as an expression<br />

of communal unity and festivity in 1973 and has grown<br />

steadily to its current stature.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> was proud to have several of its current and<br />

past leadership as invited participants to the retreat.<br />

Some of the suggestions resonated with programmes<br />

and annual events that the Association has already<br />

established, for which it which received recognition<br />

and encouragement. The Association has received<br />

the Report on the Sikh retreat and looks forward<br />

to implementing the recommendations in it in<br />

partnership with other parties and persons within the<br />

Sikh community.<br />

The Chingay Parade<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> was a proud participant in Chingay Parade<br />

Singapore <strong>2011</strong>. Chingay Parade Singapore is<br />

Asia’s grandest street and floats procession. <strong>YSA</strong><br />

was represented as part of the 300-strong Indian<br />

community contingent. <strong>YSA</strong>’s banner was displayed<br />

on one of the life-sized puppets paraded at the event.<br />

The Association was delighted to have been invited<br />

to participate in the Parade. We were one of the 12<br />

organisations invited by the People’s Association<br />

Indian Activities Executive Committees Council.<br />

Fandi Ahmad Academy Religious Harmony Cup<br />

The Fandi Ahmad Academy was officially launched<br />

on 12 March <strong>2011</strong>. To commemorate its launch, the<br />

Fandi Ahmad Academy Religious Harmony Cup was<br />

held at Tampines SAFRA with the aim of promoting<br />

religious harmony in Singapore.<br />

The team from <strong>YSA</strong> was one of two from the Sikh<br />

community in the football tournament, with the<br />

other being from Yishun Sikh Temple. The <strong>YSA</strong><br />

team performed admirably in the preliminary round,<br />

winning two of its three matches to qualify for the<br />

knock-out rounds. However, it failed to win its<br />

knock-out round match. The eventual champion was<br />

Braca Vita, a team from a Hindu organisation, which<br />

overcame a Catholic Church team, Spiritus United,<br />

in the final.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> was pleased to support this initiative for religious<br />

harmony. We extend our best wishes to the Fandi<br />

Ahmad Academy and look forward to collaborating<br />

again.<br />

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DSA Football Tournament<br />

It was for a good cause and <strong>YSA</strong> instantly agreed to<br />

be a part of it.<br />

A group of footballers organised a charity football<br />

tournament at the Indian Association on 9 August<br />

<strong>2011</strong> to raise funds for Down Syndrome Association<br />

Singapore (DSA). It invited <strong>YSA</strong> and nine other groups<br />

to lend support to the initiative.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong>’s Healthy Lifestyle Club took part in the full-day<br />

competition which was played in good spirit, with<br />

camaraderie and enjoyment. The <strong>YSA</strong> team did well<br />

to qualify for the semi-final. Unfortunately, it lost in the<br />

semi-final and in the third/fourth placing, and finished<br />

fourth.<br />

In addition to helping to raise funds for DSA, the<br />

event provided the opportunity for members of <strong>YSA</strong>’s<br />

Healthy Lifestyle Club to participate in a sports activity<br />

to promote a healthier lifestyle.<br />

The event raised close to $13,000 for DSA which was<br />

presented to its representatives during the dinner<br />

reception at the end of the competition.<br />

SIWEC Flag Day <strong>2011</strong><br />

<strong>YSA</strong> was pleased to be a part of the Sikh Welfare<br />

Council’s (SIWEC) Flag Day on 20 August <strong>2011</strong>.<br />

The donation drive witnessed an increase in the total<br />

participation to over 760 volunteers. These included<br />

many more volunteers from outside the Sikh community<br />

– an encouraging development which showed that<br />

compassion is not limited by lines of race, ethnicity<br />

or religion.<br />

In addition to participating in the collection drive, <strong>YSA</strong><br />

coordinated the efforts of the students from Greendale<br />

Secondary School. The other organisations and schools<br />

involved in the island-wide fundraising included Cedar<br />

Girls’ Secondary School, Montfort Secondary School,<br />

Fuchun Secondary School, Singapore Sikh Education<br />

Foundation, Silat Road Temple, Gurdwara Sahib Yishun,<br />

Khalsa Dharmak Sabha and Central Sikh Temple. By<br />

the end of the day, more than $50,000 was raised for<br />

the cause.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> has been involved in the SIWEC Flag Day since its<br />

inception. We feel that it is important to lend support to<br />

an organisation that delivers welfare services to needy<br />

Sikhs in Singapore. SIWEC works in consultation with the<br />

Sikh Advisory Board and other Sikh institutions to carry<br />

out regular needs assessments of welfare recipients<br />

and to improve the quality of welfare programmes.<br />

“<br />

Whilst the Association’s key focus is the successful<br />

organisation of programmes for its constituents, it also gains<br />

much value in collaborating with like-minded organisations<br />

so as to achieve much greater returns.”<br />

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The Buddhist Federation Harmony Games<br />

The annual Harmony Games, organised by the<br />

Singapore Buddhist Federation, were held at Sentosa<br />

on 20 August <strong>2011</strong>. The Games aim to promote racial<br />

and religious harmony and understanding among the<br />

different communities in Singapore. As in the case in<br />

the previous three years, <strong>YSA</strong> gladly participated in<br />

the games in <strong>2011</strong>.<br />

The participants were each given an orange t-shirt and<br />

Sentosa monorail tickets two days prior to the event.<br />

However, a surprise awaited all the teams on the day<br />

of the event – all the participants were re-grouped<br />

into different teams. The teams had to complete eight<br />

tasks as well as answer 12 questions on the religious<br />

beliefs, significance of different festivals and the<br />

cultures of the various religious groups.<br />

The event was flagged off by Venerable Seck Kwang<br />

Phing, Chairman of the Organising Committee. It was<br />

graced by MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister<br />

for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and<br />

Minister of State for Information, Communications and<br />

the Arts, who presented the prizes to the winners.<br />

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(Registered under The Societies Act. Cap. 311)<br />

(Club Registration Number: 61-171590000-K)<br />

Accounts & Accounts & Reports Reports<br />

For the financial year ended<br />

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STATEMENT BY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ........................................................................................ 32<br />

INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT ............................................................................................................ 33<br />

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION ....................................................................................................... 34<br />

STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ........................................................................................ 35<br />

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN FUNDS ......................................................................................................... 36<br />

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS ........................................................................................................................ 37<br />

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS .................................................................................................. 38<br />

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(Registered under The Societies Act. Cap. 311)<br />


We, the two Committee Members duly authorised by Young Sikh Association (Singapore), hereby state that in<br />

the opinion of Management Committee, the accompanying statement of financial position, statement of income<br />

and expenditure, statement of changes in funds and statement of cash flows together with the accompanying<br />

notes thereon, have been properly drawn up so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the<br />

Association as at 31 December <strong>2011</strong> and of the results of the Association for the financial year ended on that<br />

date.<br />

The Management Committee has authorised these financial statements for issue on the date of this<br />

statement.<br />


President<br />


Honorary Treasurer<br />

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(Registered under The Societies Act. Cap. 311)<br />

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of YOUNG SIKH ASSOCIATION (SINGAPORE) as at 31 December<br />

<strong>2011</strong>. These financial statements comprise the statement of financial position of the Association as at 31 December <strong>2011</strong>,<br />

statement of income and expenditure, statement of changes in funds and statement of cash flows of the Association for the<br />

financial year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes.<br />

Management Committee’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements<br />

The Management Committee is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in<br />

accordance with the provisions of The Societies Act. Cap.311 and Singapore Financial Reporting Standards. This responsibility<br />

includes devising and maintaining a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide a reasonable assurance that<br />

assets are safeguarded against loss from unauthorised use or disposition; and transactions are properly authorised and<br />

that they are recorded as necessary to permit the preparation of true and fair statement of comprehensive income and<br />

statement of financial position and to maintain accountability of assets; selecting and applying appropriate accounting<br />

policies; and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.<br />

Auditors’ Responsibility<br />

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in<br />

accordance with Singapore Standards on Auditing. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and<br />

plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the financial statements are free of material<br />

misstatement.<br />

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial<br />

statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material<br />

misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor<br />

considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to<br />

design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the<br />

effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies<br />

used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the Management Committee, as well as evaluating the<br />

overall presentation of the financial statements.<br />

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit<br />

opinion.<br />

Opinion<br />

In our opinion, the financial statements are properly drawn up in accordance with the provisions of The Societies Act. Cap.311<br />

and Singapore Financial Reporting Standards so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Association as at<br />

31 December <strong>2011</strong> and of the results, changes in funds and cash flow of the Association for the year ended on that date.<br />

LEE S F & CO<br />

Public Accountants and Certified Public Accountants<br />

Singapore,<br />

MW/LSF<br />

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Note <strong>2011</strong> 2010<br />

Prepaid expenses 3 10,200 8,850<br />

Cash and cash equivalents 4 77,420 55,772<br />

87,620 64,622<br />


Accruals 5 1,200 9,979<br />

Contributions received in advance 6 - 3,000<br />

1,200 12,979<br />

Net Current Assets 86,420 51,643<br />

Represented By:<br />

Accumulated Funds 86,420 51,643<br />

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements<br />

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<strong>2011</strong> 2010<br />

Income / Revenue from Activities<br />

Community service projects 91,940 78,578<br />

Cultural activities 53,740 10,750<br />

Intellectual and professional development activities 2,500 2,426<br />

Sports events 21,630 19,025<br />

Conferences and seminars 28,270 32,000<br />

Members’ entrance fees 180 190<br />

Sponsorships and donations 16,100 7,840<br />

214,360 150,809<br />

Cost of Activities<br />

Community service projects 70,276 54,762<br />

Cultural activities 45,843 40,595<br />

Intellectual and professional development activities 4,386 5,981<br />

Sports events 18,245 16,440<br />

Conferences and seminars 22,013 20,053<br />

160,763 137,831<br />

53,597 12,978<br />

Less: Operating Expenses<br />

Advertisements 700 4,758<br />

Accounting fee 600 600<br />

Auditors’ remuneration 600 600<br />

Bank charges 150 140<br />

General expenses 100 -<br />

Postage and courier services 1,119 413<br />

Printing and stationery 9,322 5,795<br />

Refreshments - 303<br />

Sponsorships and donations 1,213 6,560<br />

Website design and maintenance 5,016 6,589<br />

18,820 25,758<br />

(Deficit) for the financial year 34,777 (12,780)<br />

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements<br />

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<strong>2011</strong><br />

Accumulated<br />

Funds<br />

Surplus /<br />

(Deficit)<br />

Total<br />

Balance as at 1 January 2010 13,440 50,983 64,423<br />

(Deficit) for the financial year - (12,780) (12,780)<br />

Balance as at 31 December 2010 13,440 38,203 51,643<br />

Surplus / (Deficit) for the financial year (<strong>2011</strong>) - 34,777 34,777<br />

Balance as at 31 December 2010 13,440 72,980 86,420<br />

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STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE FINANCIAL YE<strong>AR</strong> ENDED 31 DECEMBER <strong>2011</strong><br />

<strong>2011</strong> 2010<br />

Cash flow from operating activities<br />

(Deficit) for the financial year before taxation 34,777 (12,780)<br />

Add / (Less) changes in working capital<br />

(Increase) / decrease in prepaid expenses (1,350) (8,850)<br />

Increase in accruals (8,779) 8,779<br />

Increase / (decrease) in contribution received in advance (3,000) 3,000<br />

Net cash (used in) operations (9,851)<br />



CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF THE FINANCIAL YE<strong>AR</strong> (Note 4) 77,420 55,772<br />

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements<br />

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1. MISSION<br />

The mission of Young Sikh Association (Singapore) is to fulfill the aspirations of young Singaporeans. It<br />

reaches out to young Singaporeans with the aim of understanding and appreciating their aspirations,<br />

and integrating these aspirations into the Singapore society through enhancing mutual understanding on<br />

issues of common concern and fostering friendships across ethnic groups in Singapore, the region and the<br />

world.<br />



The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of The Societies Act.<br />

Cap.311 and Singapore Financial Reporting Standards.<br />

The financial statements, expressed in Singapore dollars, have been prepared in accordance with the<br />

historical cost convention. The functional currency of the Association is Singapore dollars. All revenue,<br />

expenses, receipts and payments are denominated primarily in Singapore dollars.<br />


Liabilities for other payables are carried at cost, which is the fair value of the consideration to be paid in<br />

the future for goods and services received, whether or not billed to the Association.<br />


Provisions are recognised when the Association has a present obligation as a result of a past event which<br />

is probable will result in an outflow of economic benefits that can be reasonably estimated.<br />


Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that the economic benefits will flow to the<br />

Association and the revenue can be reliably measured.<br />

Revenue from sports events and donations is recognised in the account on an accrual basis.<br />


.<br />

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand and cash at bank placed with creditworthy financial<br />

institutions.<br />


Prepaid expenses represent advance payment of expenses incurred for the project Khwaish 11 Community<br />

Service in Punjab which will be carried out in the next financial year.<br />

Prepaid expenses are denominated in Singapore Dollar and they approximate their fair values.<br />

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For the purpose of cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:<br />

<strong>2011</strong> 2010<br />

Cash in hand 160 100<br />

Bank balance 77,260 55,672<br />

77,420 55,772<br />

The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents are denominated in Singapore Dollar and they approximate<br />

their fair values.<br />

5. ACCRUALS<br />

<strong>2011</strong> 2010<br />

Accounting fee 600 600<br />

Audit fee 600 600<br />

Expenses incurred for cultural activity -<br />

- Bhangra Bonanza 2010<br />

8,779<br />

Accruals are denominated in Singapore Dollar and they approximate their fair values.<br />

1,200 9,979<br />


In the previous year, the contributions received in advance represent the contributions from the Lee<br />

Foundation as sponsorship for the 7 th ‘Racial Harmony’ 4-Aside Football Tournament which is carried out in<br />

the current financial year.<br />


The Association is exposed to financial risks arising in the normal course of association operations.<br />

a) Liquidity risk<br />

The Association monitors and maintains a level of cash and cash equivalents deemed adequate by the<br />

Management Committee to finance the Association’s operations and mitigate the effect of fluctuations<br />

in cash flow.<br />

b) Interest rate risk<br />

The Association is not exposed to interest rate risk as it has no interest-bearing borrowings.<br />

c) Credit risk<br />

Cash is placed with creditworthy financial institutions. The maximum exposure to credit risk is<br />

represented by the carrying amount of each financial asset in the balance sheet.<br />

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d) Fair values<br />

The fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities approximate the carrying amounts of those<br />

assets and liabilities reported in the balance sheet.<br />


Young Sikh Association (Singapore) is registered under Societies Act. Cap. 311 with its registered office at<br />

Sikh Centre, 8 Jalan Bukit Merah Singapore 169543.<br />

These notes form an integral part of and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying financial<br />

statements.<br />

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Young Sikh Association (Singapore) or <strong>YSA</strong> was established in August 2003 to fulfill the aspirations of young<br />

Singaporeans.<br />

<strong>YSA</strong> reaches out to young Singaporeans with the aim of understanding and appreciating their aspirations, and<br />

integrating these aspirations into the Singapore society through enhancing mutual understanding on issues of<br />

common concern and fostering friendships across ethnic groups in Singapore, the region and the world.<br />

Objectives<br />

• To enhance understanding of national issues among young Singaporeans and to encourage them to contribute<br />

to the betterment of our society as thoughtful and responsible citizens.<br />

• To provide platforms for young Singaporeans to strive for intellectual and professional development.<br />

• To strengthen inter-racial friendship and harmony by organising and actively participating in inter-community<br />

activities.<br />

• To foster community spirit among young Singaporeans through community service at home and abroad.<br />

• To build networks with local and international youth groups so as to foster national identity and a global mindset<br />

among young Singaporeans.<br />

Programmes<br />

As a totally independent youth organisation, <strong>YSA</strong>’s programmes are initiated by young Singaporeans for young<br />

Singaporeans in particular, and the Singapore society in general.<br />

From lectures, dialogue sessions, seminars and professional development workshops to bhangra competitions,<br />

cultural shows and sports activities, they choose their avenues of aspiration and integration.<br />

• Conferences and Seminars<br />

• Intellectual and Professional Development<br />

• Community Service<br />

• Culture<br />

• Sports<br />

Membership<br />

• Ordinary Membership: For Sikhs and non-Sikhs from the ages of 16 to 50 years residing in Singapore. They have<br />

the right to vote.<br />

• Associate Membership: For Sikhs and non-Sikhs of all ages residing in Singapore. They are not eligible to vote.<br />

Young Sikh Association (Singapore)<br />

c/o Sikh Centre<br />

8 Jalan Bukit Merah<br />

Singapore 169543<br />

Tel : (65) 6327 2007/5<br />

Fax : (65) 6327 2009<br />

Email : enquiry@ysas.org<br />

Website : www.ysas.org

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