Awards and Accolades
AGO Recipients of 2018 National Day Awards
Mr Patrick Sng Kee Boon, Former Audit Director, recipient of the 2018 NDA Public Administration Medal (Bronze)
“I am honoured to receive the award. Although this award was conferred on one person, I would think that the award is a recognition of not solely my but our AGO officers’ contributions to Singapore in enhancing public accountability and strengthening financial governance in the public sector.”
- Former Audit Director, Mr Patrick Sng
Being a veteran auditor with more than 35 years of service serving the nation as a government auditor, Patrick never fails to find meaning and intrigue in every audit project he undertakes. “For some projects, we may be able to uncover fraud which could save millions of dollars for the government,” shared Patrick, affirming his motivations at work and highlighting the importance of AGO’s role in enhancing public accountability.
The Public Administration Medal (Bronze) was awarded to Patrick in recognition of his contributions to the audit work of AGO. Throughout Patrick’s career, he has led his teams in the uncovering of several irregularities, some of which have led to prosecution actions taken and improvements made to financial governance and controls of the entities audited.
Patrick was humbled and honoured when he heard he would be receiving this prestigious award, and said that he would like to dedicate it to his fellow colleagues. “Although the award was conferred on one person, I would think that the award is a recognition of not solely my but our AGO officers’ contributions to Singapore… It is not the sole effort of one person, but the effort of the team and officers whom I have worked with, and the support of the management and supervisors to make this happen.”
Drawing on his wealth of experience, Patrick feels that “having an inquisitive mind, professional skepticism, broad views, and a keen eye for details” are some of the traits that a good auditor should possess. Most importantly, he would like to leave a few words of advice to our new officers: “Strive to do your best in whatever you are doing.”
Mr Yeo Yien Hoe, Senior Assistant Director, recipient of the 2018 NDA Commendation Medal
“With good camaraderie, it certainly motivates me to keep going, even during tough times, as I know I will not be alone through the journey...”
- Senior Assistant Director, Mr Yeo Yien Hoe
Over the last 20 years, the bonds that Yien Hoe has forged within AGO have become a source of strength for him and his work. He cherishes the rapport he has with his supervisors and colleagues, saying that “with good camaraderie, it certainly motivates me to keep going, even during tough times, as I know I will not be alone through the journey.”
Yien Hoe is currently a project lead and is also a long-time trainer for the AGO Foundation Course. Being proficient in the use of computer assisted auditing tools, Yien Hoe is also a resource person fellow colleagues look up to for advice when they encounter challenges in data analytics.
The Commendation Medal was awarded to Yien Hoe in recognition of his commendable performance and devotion to his duties as a national auditor. Yien Hoe was surprised and thankful upon knowing that he had been chosen for the award, and expressed that “it certainly marks a highlight in (his) 20 years of service in AGO.”
Sharing a word of advice from one of his supervisors – ‘Hard work doesn’t kill, no work does’ – Yien Hoe encourages our new officers to “live life to the fullest and work hard”, so that “we can make a difference and improve AGO, and also contribute to nation building.”
For more information on the National Day Awards, please visit the Prime Minister’s Office’s website here.