With a gift to the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, alumnus and Adjunct Associate Professor Ngoi Sing Shang (’81) established the Ngoi King Chik Bursary in memory of his late father. It is a fitting tribute to a parent who was committed to giving the best gift of education to his children and instilling the spirit of giving in them.
The general surgeon tells us how he is ‘returning the good deed’ and helping others achieve success.
What made you decide to set up the Ngoi King Chik Bursary at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in the memory of your late father?
We decided to do this because our father had always indicated an interest in helping more students in pursuing medicine, especially students from poorer families.
Could you share a bit more about your late father?
My father was a kind man with many friends. He is always willing to go out of his way to help someone in need. That could be in the form of financial help to his friends or relatives whenever he had funds, or merely keeping them company, whenever they were unwell.
He instilled that joy of love and giving in us and taught us to always extend a helping hand when necessary. He was a family man and would make sure that family gatherings happened regularly.
What advice do you have for the recipients of this Bursary?
They should remember that someone reached out to help them achieve success in life. When they are successful, I hope that they remember to extend the same helping hand to someone deserving.
You studied in NUS and are now teaching here. What are some of your best memories studying and teaching at your alma mater?
Ask any university student who stayed at the halls of residence while studying at NUS and the answer should be a positive one – of good memories with great friendship and great times together. This is the time when we enjoyed our youth, made friendships that last, and revelled in the opportunities that led to success in our later years. I also enjoyed teaching at NUS. My best memories were watching nervous students becoming successful doctors and even teachers themselves.
What inspires you to give back to NUS?
When someone has done something good for you and you have succeeded, it is only right that you return the good deed.
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