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SHING Kwan Group founder Tao Shing Pee, 94, received the Business China Enterprise Award at the inaugural Business China Awards held last evening.
He shared the limelight with the Business China Young Achiever Award winner, homegrown singer Stefanie Sun, 32.
They both received the awards from the networking group's patron, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for their significant contributions towards the Singapore-China relationship and the appreciation of Chinese language and culture.
Said Mr Lim Chee Onn, chairman of the Business China Awards judging panel: "Apart from identifying individuals and organisations which have operated successfully in China, the recipients of the Business China Awards will serve as an inspiration for Singaporeans to be bilingual and bicultural."
Mr Tao paved the way for closer economic cooperation between Singapore and China through his pioneering business ventures.
On top of his entrepreneurial work, he is also a dedicated philanthropist who has funded the education of many scholars in China.
As for Ms Sun, she is a recognised bilingual and bicultural role model for the young.
Her success on the Mandarin pop-music scene has given the Chinese a favourable image of Singapore. And, as Mercy Relief's first goodwill ambassador, her help in raising funds for victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake touched the hearts of the Chinese people.
Business China chairman Chua Thian Poh said: "These inaugural recipients are not only leaders in their fields, but also pioneers and emissaries who have brought China and Singapore closer."
The awards, organised by Business China and jointly presented by OCBC Bank, also recognised the first and largest economic- and technology-cooperation project between China and Singapore - the Suzhou Industrial Park - with the Business China Enterprise Award.
Courtesy of My Paper, 11 January 2011.