Guard against elitism and sense of entitlement: ESM Goh

Guard against elitism and sense of entitlement: ESM Goh

"What we need is to get the successful to understand that they have a responsibility to help the less fortunate and less able with compassion, to give back to society through financial donations, sharing of their skills and knowledge and spending time to help others do better, and to serve the country," he said.


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Here is the media statement by Raffles Institution:

RI honours ESM Mr Goh Chok Tong with the Gryphon award at the Raffles Homecoming 2013

Raffles Institution (RI) presented the Gryphon Award to Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Mr Goh Chok Tong at the Raffles Homecoming Dinner, which coincided with the 90th anniversary of the Old Rafflesians' Association's (ORA). The award is in honour of illustrious Rafflesians who had made significant contributions to our community and nation. The first Gryphon Award was given to former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2011.

The Raffles Homecoming Dinner was an event that aimed to renew and reinvigorate the ties that Rafflesians have with their alma mater. The dinner was held in the school hall and was organised as part of the school's 190th anniversary celebrations.

During the dinner, Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong also launched the newly-established Raffles Community Initiative (RCI). This Initiative will serve as seed funding for community projects undertaken by RI students, alumni and parents and builds on the Rafflesian tradition of giving back to the community.

The Raffles Homecoming was the first such event since the successful re-integration of Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College (RJC). The school hopes to expand the school's Raffles Archive and Museum collection in terms of artefacts donated by alumni, and to recognise the central role that RI staff, both past and current, have played in nurturing generations of Rafflesians.

The Homecoming was also an open invitation to alumni to pay tribute to former Rafflesian teachers - to find out how they have been doing and to thank them for all they have done. This is also the first time since the merger of RI and RJC in 2009 that such a largescale gathering of ex-students and their former teachers is taking place.

Here is the full speech by ESM Goh at the dinner:

Professor Cham Tao Soon, Chairman, Raffles Institution Board of Governors Mrs Lim Lai Cheng, Principal, Raffles Institution Mrs Poh Mun See, Principal, Raffles Girls' School Mr Andrew Chua, President, Old Rafflesians' Association Fellow Rafflesians and Friends

Thank you for inviting me to this year's Homecoming Dinner, and for conferring the Gryphon Award on me. I want to dedicate this award to my teachers, my classmates - in particular those in my clique - and the old RI at Bras Basah Road. Without them, I would not have such fond memories of my student days, or be the person I am today. Some of my old classmates are here today (and when I said "old", I really meant old), so let me recognise, or at least try to recognise, a few of them. First, Lee Keow Siong: he was the Head Prefect, school rugger captain and leader of our clique. We grew up together in Pasir Panjang and studied in the same primary school. Next, Cheng Heng Kock: another old friend from Pasir Panjang and our top student. Tan Cheng Bock: the only singer in our group. He stood for the underdog, and still does. Lastly, Lim Jit Poh: a practical and hands-on science student. He organised all our school reunions.

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