The Singaporean of the Year awards are organised by ST, an English-language daily broadsheet by Singapore Press Holdings. The awards honour an individual or group of people whose extraordinary acts of goodwill have improved their community and the lives of others. It also recognises Singaporeans who have put the country on the world map or persevered through incredible adversity.

Singapore President Madam Halimah Yacob is the patron of the award.

MHR is sponsoring a five-night stay in any of its 137 hotels across the world for the winner, while finalists will each receive a three-night stay.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) Chairman and CDL Executive Chairman Mr Kwek Leng Beng said, “I am pleased we are partnering ST in honouring exceptional Singaporeans and their contributions to the country.”

He cited how in 1996, M&C caught the attention of the business world when it listed on the London Stock Exchange, becoming the first Singapore company to list there. MHR is a brand of M&C.

“Using a twin owner-operator strategy, a DNA that is unique to M&C, we have grown our portfolio to become a global hospitality player. Similarly, through this award, I hope Singaporeans will continue flying our Singapore flag high,” said Mr Kwek.

Nominations for the awards are open and shortlisted candidates will be revealed by December. There will be a public voting element, and the outcome will be used as a reference by the panel of judges, comprising editors from the ST newsroom and business and community leaders.