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Former Indian-origin diplomat received Community Champion Award

Former Indian-origin diplomat Mr K Kesavapany

Singapore, Sep 24 (UITV)- Former Indian-origin diplomat Mr K Kesavapany has been felicitated here for helping immigrants and those trying to make ends meet in Singapore.

The 79-year-old received the Community Champion Award from ‘tabla!’, a Friday weekly for Singapore Press Holdings’ which covers Indian lifestyle, and an amount SGD 10,000 from State Bank of India.

Speaking at the award ceremony, tabla! Editor Patrick Jonas described Mr Kesavapany as “a rear gem in the Indian community.”

“He raised funds for the Indian Association Welfare Fund and uses it to help the needy who would otherwise fall through the cracks. He reaches out to Indians who are new citizens or Permanent Residents and helps them integrate better with Singapore,” Jonas added.

As the ambassador, Mr. Kesavapany served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and High Commissioner to Malaysia as well as the director of the Institute of South East Asian Studies, a Singapore based regional think tank.

Launched in 2011, the annual Community Champion Award from ‘tabla!’ is given by the magazine to a member of the Indian community who has carried out distinguished work with the less fortunate.

The former envoy is associated with a number of social groups and also runs programmes to help ex-prisoners and drug offenders in rehabilitation.