Author: Wong, H H A;Kong, F K;Tan, K H
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Wong, H H A;Kong, F K;Tan, K H
The Public Works Department (PWD) is the building, housing, road and carparking authority in Singapore. One of its key objectives is to create an orderly built environment through high standards of building control. S.B. Tan
Dr Michael Fam Few engineers have contributed as significantly to Singapore as Dr Michael Fam, Executive Chairman of Fraser & Neave Group, Chairman of Nanyang Technological University Council, and a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisors of the Republic of Singapore. In the last 30 years, he has unhesitatingly responded to the call of public duty, performing the tasks before him with distinction. The Government of Singapore awarded him the Public Service Star in 1974, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1976, the Distinguished Service Order in 1983, and the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 1990. The National University of Singapore conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1986; the University of Western Australia conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering in 1988. Dr Arumugam Vijiaratnam Dr Vijiaratnam has had a long and distinguished career as an engineer and served in various capacities in the Public Works Department and the Port of Singapore Authority from 1954 to 1980. Since 1981 he has been Executive Chairman of SPECS Consultants Pte Ltd (a fully-owned subsidiary of the Port of Singapore Authority). Dr Tan Swan Beng Dr Tan Swan Beng is currently the Director-General of Public Works, Singapore, Chairman of the Construction Industry Development Board, and President of the Professional Engineers Board.
Singapore, an island city with a land area of only 640 km2 and with a present population approaching 3M, achieved independence only in 1965. The need to ensure sustainable development resulted in a nationwide programme for industrialisation. However, the lack of natural resources and the shortage of cheap labour, which became critical in the 1980s, inevitably culminated in the country’s approach towards high-tech, high value-added industries. E.P. Tan