Friday, November 06, 2009

PAP Party Awards 2009

31 December 2009

PAP Party Awards 2009 was held at D'Marquee, Downtown East. The event is held annually to appreciate the dedication and efforts of party activists and branches.

There was a thunderstorm and lightning was striking when activists were making their way there. Anyway, the red lightning in the PAP logo represents Action. The award recipients had taken action and dedicated their effort and time to the community.

It's like one big family inside the D'Marquee. Everyone seized the opportunity to catch up with fellow activists before the ceremony begins.

PAP Chairman Lim Boon Heng addressed the audience and led fellow activists in reciting the party pledge. I like the pledge because it's simple but yet very meaningful.

"We, the members of the PAP,
pledge ourselves to build a strong united Party,
to create a vibrant, just and equal society,
through achieving excellence by all,
so that every citizen,
regardless of race, language or religion,
can enjoy a full and happy life."

Many awards were given. They are the Commendation Medals, Dedicated Service Medals, Long Service Medals, Youth Medals, Women's Medals, Outstanding Branch Awards and Sustained Performance Awards. The citations for the respective awards were presented by Assistant Secretary General Teo Chee Hean.

The award recipients are proudly cheered by their fellow comrades, who brought party poppers, clappers, whistles, drums and banners to show their appreciation.

During the entire ceremony, the MPs and Ministers, all of whom are also Branch Chairmen, cheered alongside their branch activists. Managed to photograph SM Goh Chok Tong and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam cheering along.

Everyone rose and sang "Stand Up for Singapore!" together and took shouted the Party Cheer.

Refreshments were served after the Party Awards. Some of us took the opportunity to speak with our MPs and Ministers and had some photographs with them.

With Comrade Liang Eng Hwa

With Comrade Lim Swee Say

With Comrade Goh Chok Tong

With Comrade Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

With Secretary General Lee Hsien Loong

& with FRIENDS!

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