TR Emeritus, 15 July, 2012 (source)
On 13 Jun 2012, NParks published a tender on GEBIZ inviting suppliers to quote for a “one-day western dining etiquette, wine appreciation and preparation of simple meals workshop” for the Ministry of National Development (MND) scholars.
The tender on GEBIZ [Link] stated that it was published on 13 Jun, 3:56 PM. The closing date was 18 Jun. The contact person was listed as Christina Lee:
The tender document specified a one day workshop teaching MND (Ministry of National Development) scholars Western dining etiquette and wine appreciation. The workshop was also supposed to teach these scholars how to prepare simple meals. It said that the workshop was part of the scholars’ induction programme with the “objective to enrich our scholars with essential knowledge in these areas during their course of studies overseas”:
The tender specification is stated as follows:
Perhaps NParks should also consider throwing in another workshop for our MND scholars on how to date so that they can get married quickly when they are back in Singapore and make babies for Singapore in view of our low fertility rate.
In any case, 2 suppliers participated in the tender:
- EKA TRAINING GROUP PTE LTD – quoted $7,000 in total at $140 per head.
- SHATEC INSTITUTES PTE LTD – quoted $9,750 in total at $195 per head.
It is not known if scholars like ex-CNB chief Ng Boon Gay and ex-SCDF chief Peter Lim had to go through such kind of courses to learn how to dine and wine or how to date when they were on scholarships.
It is also not known when the Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, was a Colombo Plan scholar, did he go through such courses too?