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Han Sai Por (1943 – )

Can you make stone come to life? You could say that Han Sai Por can. Her sculptures have been described as organic and inspired by nature. Through her gift, she helps stone take on figurative qualities that make them almost come alive.

An accomplished sculptor, Han Sai Por was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1995. Her sculptures are not only seen in Singapore, but in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, China and New Zealand as well.

Iskandar Jalil (1939 – )

You might have seen his works at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station or at Changi Airport. Iskandar Jalil was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1988. On his way to becoming a potter, Iskandar studied ceramics engineering and is best known for merging Islamic, Japanese and Southeast Asian styles into his work. Besides creating works of art, he passes on his knowledge through teaching at a number of institutions.

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Stamp: 1994 May.     The enlarged part of the stamp shows Han Sai Por (left) and Iskandar Jalil (right)
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Pan Shou (1911-1999)

Pan Shou was born in Fujian, China in 1911. In 1930 he came to Singapore and worked as the editor of a Chinese newspaper. Later he served as the principal of Tao Nan School and, from 1955 to 1960, as the secretary-general of Nanyang University.

During his lifetime he was a prolific writer and artist producing around 2,000 calligraphy scrolls and poems! One of his calligraphic works is shown on a stamp.

Pan Shou has received many awards for his works. Among these are the Singapore Cultural Medallion awarded in 1986 and the Meritorious Service Medal awarded in 1994.

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Stamps: Top 1995 Oct     Bottom 1994 May
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30 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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ARTS & CULTURE PERSONALITIES

Another group of VIPs that Singapore stamps remind us of are the pioneers of the arts and culture scene. In 1979 the Cultural Medallion award was established to honour persons who have made major contributions to the arts and culture (Art, Dance, Literature, Music, Photography and Theatre) in Singapore. From 1979 to 2005, there were 86 Cultural Medallion winners.

Among the arts and culture personalities featured on stamps in this section is a non-Singaporean, a world-famous writer of children’s stories, who was born in Denmark 200 years ago. Can you guess his name?

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Stamps: 1994 May
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29 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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Denis D’Cotta (1911-1983)

Justice Denis D’Cotta was born in 1911 and had his early education in St Xavier’s Institution in Penang and Raffles Institution in Singapore. He studied law in Britain and was called to the Bar in 1950. He practiced law in Australia for a short period. In 1952, he joined the legal service in Singapore. He was appointed a Puisne Judge in 1970 and retired in 1981.

A W M Ghows (1921 – )

Justice Abdul Wahab Mohamed Ghows was a veteran of World War II, serving as a lieutenant in the famed Force 136 in Malaya. After the war Ghows continued to work for the British Information Services until 1949. Following that, he studied law in Britain and returned to Singapore to join the government legal service. He was appointed a Puisne Judge in 1980 and retired in 1986.

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The pictures show Justice D’Cotta (left) and Justice Ghows (right)
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28 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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Dr Yeoh Ghim Seng (1918-1993)

Unlike the others, Dr Yeoh Ghim Seng is not a judge but a medical doctor – so why was he accorded a special place in parliament? That is because he was the Speaker of the House, with the special role of ensuring that debates and discussion in parliament proceeded in an orderly manner. Dr Yeoh has the distinction of being the first Asian to be appointed to the post of Professor of Surgery in Singapore.

T S Sinnathuray (1930 – )

Justice Thirugana Sampanthar Sinnathuray, also affectionately known as “Sam” Sinnathuray, studied law in University College, London before he returned to Singapore to practice law. He became a magistrate from 1956 to 1959 and was promoted to be a senior district judge in 1971. In 1978, he was appointed as a Puisne Judge and served till his retirement in 1997.

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The pictures show Dr Yeoh Ghim Seng (left) and Justice Sinnathuray (right)
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27 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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Dr Benjamin Sheares (1907-1981)

Dr Benjamin Sheares was the president of Singapore from 1971 until his death in 1981. He was our Second President (the first President was Yusof bin Ishak) and the first Eurasian to hold this position.

Before Benjamin Sheares became the President of Singapore he was very well-known as a doctor. He was an obstetrician, an expert on the care of women and the process of childbirth.

There are two structures named after Benjamin Sheares. One is Sheares Hall in the National University of Singapore. The other is Benjamin Sheares Bridge on the East Coast Parkway.

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Stamp: 1999 Dec
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26 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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T Kulasekaram (1919-1988)

Justice Thilliampalam Kulasekaram was born in Perak, Malaysia. Before he studied law in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Justice Kulasekaram studied mathematics in which he obtained an honours degree in 1943. He came to Singapore in 1950 to join the legal service. In 1963, he was appointed to the High Court as a Puisne (pronounced “puny”) Judge. He retired in 1984.

Wee Chong Jin (1917-2005)

Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin was born in Penang, Malaysia. He studied law in Cambridge University, England and was appointed to the Singapore High Court in 1957. In 1963 he became the first Asian to be appointed to the post of Chief Justice and served in that position until he retired in 1990. He has the distinction of being the longest-serving Chief Justice in our history.

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The picture shows Justice Kulasekaram (left) and Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin (right)
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25 May, 2008 at 10:00 am

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