Honorary Citizen of Singapore

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The title of Honorary Citizen is a national award conferred by the Singapore government starting from 2003 to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of foreigners who have rendered extensive and valuable services to Singapore and its people, or who have made a significant impact in the areas of business, science and technology, information communications, education, health, arts and culture, sports, tourism, community services or security.

Award nominees are provided by people from various ministries and government agencies, and selected by a committee panel made up of high-level government officials. The final selections are then endorsed by Cabinet of Singapore. Recipients are conferred the Award in the following year of their nomination/selection. The Awards are presented at a formal ceremony by the President of Singapore at the Istana.[1]

Honorary Citizen is the highest form of national recognition for a non-Singaporean. It is conferred for life, including the right to live and work in Singapore for themselves as well as their immediate dependent family members, but unlike Singapore citizenship, they have no voting rights or obligations to fulfill National Service.[2]

Honorary Citizens Awards 2003 [3]

Honorary Citizens Awards 2004 [4]

  • Sir Richard B Sykes
    • Rector of Imperial College London
  • Lodewijk Christiaan van Wachem
    • Chairman of the Supervisory board of Royal Philips Electronic N.V.
    • Chairman of the Board of Zurich Financial Services and Global Crossing.

Honorary Citizens Awards 2005 [5]

Honorary Citizens Awards 2006 [6]

Honorary Citizens Awards 2007 [7]

  • Sir Ratan Tata
  • Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen-King
    • Senior Chairman of IMC Group

Honorary Citizens Awards 2010 [8]


  1. ^ Nirmala, M. (2004-10-05). "Honorary citizenship for two who fueled S'pore's growth; Dutch and Briton to get highest-level govt award for petrochemical and biomedical efforts respectively". Singapore: Straits Times. 
  2. ^ Shing Huei, Peh (2005-12-29). "Two global talents to get Honorary Citizen Award; they will be honoured for contributions to S'pore's R&D and electronics sectors". Singapore: Straits Times. 
  3. ^ Singapore honours contributions of Dr Sydney Brenner and Mr Pasquale Pistorio with inaugural Honorary Citizen award
  4. ^ Singapore honours contributions from LSir Richard B Sykes and C van Wachem with prestigious Honorary Citizen Award
  5. ^ Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Dr Tsutomu Kanai and Dr Robert A Brown
  6. ^ Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Mr Lee R. Raymond and Dr Heinrich Von Pierer
  7. ^ Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Mr Ratan N. Tata and Tan Sri Frank Tsao
  8. ^ Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Retired chief executive of Shell

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