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S’poreans strip Bernice Wong of Miss Singapore Universe 2003 crown

S’poreans strip Bernice Wong of Miss Singapore Universe 2003 crown

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Singaporeans unanimously decide they do not have a 2003 Miss Singapore Universe winner.


Bernice Wong, wife of Anton Casey, has been stripped of her Miss Singapore Universe 2003 crown by Singaporeans.

One local, who belongs to the group Residents Empowered To Act Relatively Daringly Enforcing Decisions (RETARDED), said they no longer recognise Wong as a Miss Singapore Universe title holder after the recent uproar her husband Anton Casey caused.

Lin Nao Hia, a RETARDED spokesperson, said: “We have no winner for 2003. The title is currently vacant. We are holding an Internet poll to get Singaporeans to vote who they want as the new Miss Singapore Universe 2003.”

Currently, Serina Wee is in the lead with 63,665 votes, followed by Chibabom with 554 votes and in third place is Wong Li-Lin with one vote.


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S’poreans strip Bernice Wong of Miss Singapore Universe 2003 crown

A good leader never discounts contrarian views: NUS head

A good leader never discounts contrarian views: NUS head

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Listening to minority views to shut down Tan Tock Seng Hospital during SARS crisis in 2003 now an internationally lauded decision.

When severe acute respiratory syndrome began spreading in Singapore in 2003, there were calls by a small group of people to shut down Tan Tock Seng hospital to all but those with the virus.

While this seemingly radical call to quarantine patients were largely ignored by others, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, then head of medical sciences at the Ministry of Health in 2003, decided to listen to this suggestion and implemented it.

The current president of the National University of Singapore, giving the third in an annual series of four leadership lectures yesterday at the Fullerton Hotel, said he had to make high-stakes decisions with incomplete information during that period of “crisis leadership”.

The result? On hindsight, the idea stemming from a minority and contrarian group to shut down one of Singapore’s public hospitals has become an internationally lauded decision to contain the spread of the virus.

Tan even received the Public Service Star award in 2003 for leading the public health response to the Sars crisis which started in February 2003, when an infected woman returned to Singapore from overseas and the virus infected 238 people, killing 33 before it was contained in May.

Tan also said seemingly useless pursuits such as art and travel gave him a multidimensionality that translated into important traits of self-knowledge, self-reliance, resourcefulness and resilience that allowed him to weigh different views, even those in the minority.

He said, “The value of things like art and travel should not be seen in utilitarian terms of how it helped your career – but whether it made your life richer, more interesting, and more enjoyable”

This lecture series is given by alumni of St. Joseph Institute who have made an impact locally. Previous two speakers included National Kidney Foundation chairman Gerard Ee and DBS bank chairman Peter Seah.