Awards and Accolades
AGO Recipients of 2017 National Day Awards
Mr Dan Koh, Senior Assistant Director, recipient of the 2017 NDA Commendation Medal
“My main motivation comes from the knowledge that I am serving the nation and the people of Singapore through my work. Having been given this privilege to be a government auditor, can I not but do my best in my audit projects?”
- Senior Assistant Director, Mr Dan Koh
For Dan, being a government auditor is different from being an auditor in the private sector. It is more than just a job; it is a calling. What Dan enjoys most about working in AGO is knowing that his work aids in enhancing public accountability and strengthening the financial governance of the public service. “My main motivation comes from the knowledge that I am serving the nation and the people of Singapore through my work. Having been given this privilege to be a government auditor, can I not but do my best in my audit projects?” proclaimed Dan as he spoke about what motivates him at work.
Other than being involved in financial and selective audits of government agencies, Dan is also the Chief Data Officer for AGO and is responsible for the agency’s data governance. He is a member of the AGO Security Steering Committee, as well as AGO’s Chief Mobilizer for SG Secure.
The Commendation Medal was awarded to Dan in recognition of his contributions to AGO and devotion to his work. Dan was overwhelmed and humbled when he heard that he was being given the award. “It is indeed an honour to be awarded this medal. Honestly, it would not have been possible without the support from management, my supervisors, teammates and fellow colleagues in HQ,” said Dan.
Dan’s advice to new officers is to understand our role as government auditors and to never cease to expand our skill set. Echoing a famous quote by the late US President John F. Kennedy, Dan advised officers to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Mrs Ang-Lee Meng Chew, Senior Audit Officer, recipient of the 2017 NDA Efficiency Medal
“Competent and knowledgeable supervisors who provide guidance and encouragement, as well as helpful colleagues in AGO are my main sources of motivation at work.”
- Senior Audit Officer, Mrs Ang-Lee Meng Chew
Having dedicated 37 years of service to AGO, Meng Chew derives a sense of fulfilment and responsibility from playing her part as the nation’s auditor. She attributes her long tenure to having good working relationships with fellow colleagues, as they always demonstrate team spirit and the spirit of togetherness. “Competent and knowledgeable supervisors who provide guidance and encouragement, as well as helpful colleagues in AGO are my main sources of motivation at work,” shared Meng Chew.
What Meng Chew enjoys most about working in AGO is having the opportunity to learn new things with each audit project. The thought that the good work done contributes to AGO’s mission of enhancing public accountability further inspires her to perform well.
The Efficiency Medal was awarded to Meng Chew in recognition of her efficiency and devotion to work. Meng Chew expressed her gratefulness in receiving the award, as she felt that there were many equally deserving colleagues in AGO as well.
Speaking from experience, Meng Chew has these words of advice to new officers, “Be passionate about what you do and be committed to your responsibility. If you do not have passion and commitment, you cannot persevere. As an individual, try to stay healthy, fit and happy, as they are also important in your journey of career development and for you to be better able to take care of others.”
For more information on the National Day Awards, please visit the Prime Minister’s Office’s website here.