August Fireside Chat with former Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi

Former Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi on the sensitive topic of ‘Singapore’s Model of Inter-racial and Inter-religious Harmony – New Challenges Within and Without’

Date: Monday, 1 August 2016
Time: 7 pm dinner; 8 pm chat
Venue: The Pyramid Club, 2 Goodwood Hill, Singapore 258897
Cost: $30 for Members; $38 for Guests. Tickets are non-refundable.
RSVP: Peatix only; walk-ins will not be entertained.

We are continuing our very successful Fireside Chat series. Many thanks to those who attended the last AGM and Chat with Dr Johan Saravanamuttu.

We are pleased to announce that Abdullah Tarmugi will be our next Fireside Chatter. In a political career spanning almost 30 years, Mr Tarmugi served in various political offices, including:
· Speaker of Parliament (2002 to 2011),
· Minister for Community Development and Sports (1994 to 2000), and
· Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs (1996 to 2002).

Since 2012, Mr Tarmugi has served as a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. He is also part of the 9-member Constitutional Commission formed in February 2016 for the Review of the Elected Presidency.

Due to space constraints, and in order to facilitate frank and candid discussions, the Committee is imposing a limit on the number of participants to 30 persons (Members and Guests).

Members signing up early will pay a token $30, with at most one guest per member at $38. This is non-refundable and will have to be paid even if there is non-attendance for any reason, since no-shows at the last minute still incur catering costs and deprive other Members of a highly-coveted space at these Fireside Chats.


Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore sponsors Row for Hope

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Agenda for Oxford and Cambridge Society Annual General Meeting, 2 Goodwood Hill, 14 July 2016, 7PM


1. Adopt Amendments to the Society’s Constitution

The Committee proposes the following amendments to Articles 5 and 7 of the Constitution of the Society (with additions in bold underline and deletions struck through).

5 Officers and Committee

5.1 The management of the Society shall be vested in a Committee to be elected from ordinary and life Members at the Annual General Meeting every second year. Standing for office by proxy in absentia would be permitted, provided a letter of consent of from the candidate is produced by someone present at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee shall consist of the following officers:

The President

The Immediate Past President

The Vice-President for Oxford

The Vice-President for Cambridge

The Honorary Secretary

The Assistant Honorary Secretary

The Honorary Treasurer

The Assistant Honorary Treasurer

The Liaison Officer from the British High Commission

Twelve Fourteen members

The term of office of the Committee shall be two years. All officers, except the Honorary Treasurer, may be re-elected.

*The Immediate Past President shall automatically be part of the Committee without need for election.

5.4 Upon the approval of the Registrar of Societies to the amendment to paragraph 5.1 of the Constitution to enlarge the number of non-office bearing Committee members from 126 to 1412, the Committee may forthwith appoint 26 new members of the Committee as non office-bearing members, such appointment to be effective until the next election of Committee members.

7 Annual General Meetings

The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held by July of each calendar year and other general meetings shall be held at such times as the Committee shall deem necessary. At least two (2) weeks’ notice shall be given of an Annual General (inclusive of weekends and public holidays). Notice of meeting stating the date, time and place of meeting shall be sent by the Secretary to all voting members. The particulars of the agenda shall be posted on the Society’s website four (4) days in advance of the meeting. Any nomination for officers of the Society shall be supported by a nominator and seconder, both of whom must be members of the Society, and shall may be submitted to the Secretary no later than two one weeks before the meeting. Nomination for officers of the Society shall not also be allowed during the Annual General Meeting. One- tenth of the voting membership or thirty (30) voting members present at a General Meeting, whichever is the lesser, shall form a quorum for the Meeting, provided that only one-tenth or more of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of altering, amending or making additions to the existing rules. At every Annual General Meeting a statement of accounts for the past year shall be submitted by the Treasurer. An office bearer shall hold office for the ensuing 2 years and elections for the Committee shall only be held at every alternate Annual General Meeting. Every 2nd year the election of the Committee for the Society for the ensuing 2 years shall take place. In the event of there being no quorum present at a meeting that meeting shall be adjourned a half hour later and should the number then present be insufficient to form a quorum those present shall be considered a quorum but they shall have no power to alter, amend or make additions to any of the existing rules.

2. Adopt the Minutes of the previous AGM convened on 9 September 2015.

3. Confirm and adopt the Secretary’s Report.

4. Confirm and adopt the Treasurer’s Report and the Accounts of the Society as of 31 December 2015.

5. Election of New Committee Members for 2016-2018.

6. Appointment of Honorary Auditors for 2016-2018.

The Documents referred to above have been circulated via email.


The Oxbridge Society in conversation with Former President of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan

“I want to tell you all about what made this country. Hard work, persistence and a first generation that always sought hard seats- not the cushy seats we were sitting in for the dialogue session.”

Our first generation had a zeal and mission to create a nation whatever the cost, prepared to make sacrifices and always trying to do what was best for Singapore, planning long term and looking over the horizon and not flinching from challenges or hard choices.

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore through Vice President Paul Supramaniam had the invaluable opportunity to host an intimate, closed doors dialogue with Former President of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan, on 20 April 2016. During the two-hour session, Mr Nathan shared his thoughts around social mobility, leadership and the future of Singapore, among other scintillating topics. He exhorted all “returned scholars” to give back – by imbibing new and innovative ideas not contained in the Singaporean textbooks but which we have developed in the unique, personal and small-group discourse of an Oxford or Cambridge tutorial.

About Mr S R Nathan

Mr S R Nathan is Singapore’s longest-serving president and served two terms in office from 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2011. Prior to his presidency, he held key positions in security, intelligence and foreign affairs during an illustrious career in the Singapore Civil Service. Mr Nathan was conferred the Public Service Star in 1964, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1967, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1974.