MR JOHN CHEONG, Chairman of the Methodist Co-operative Society Ltd (MCSL), has been conferred a Special Commendation Medal by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), in recognition of the body of work and his contribution towards the co-operative movement.
The award was presented by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary General of the National Trade Union Congress, at the SNCF Honour Awards cum International Year of Co-operatives Closing Ceremony Dinner held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre on January 19, 2013.
The SNCF Honour Awards is held every two to four years to recognise the important contributions of co-operatives, co-operators and friends of the cooperative movement who have made a difference to the co-operative movement in Singapore or on an international level.
Mr Cheong, a businessman, is a member of Barker Road Methodist Church and is involved in many other ministries alongside his role in the MCSL. He was previously the Chairman of Methodist Welfare Services.
This is the second time that the MCSL and its members have been public recipients of awards given by SNCF. On July 4, 2008, the MCSL received the Commendation Plaque for its meritorious contributions to the co-operative movement within Singapore.
At the same award ceremony, Mr Cheong was also presented the individual Commendation Medal by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, then Senior Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
The MCSL was formed on July 25, 1995, and has some 800 members to date, of which more than 80 per cent are Methodists.
Over the years, the MCSL has honed its vision and mission of being a premier co-operative society based on biblical values. To this end, it continues to develop, manage and invest in social enterprises to meet the needs of our community.
Edmund Kwan is the General Manager of Methodist Co-operative Society Ltd and a member of Faith Methodist Church.