The top student of Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive and Digital Media became the first recipient of the Lee Hsien loong Award. Jerome Yap is a late bloomer who used to have only a PSLE score of 98 studied hard and excelled to graduate from the top of his cohort in NYP with a GPA of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0.

However, it was not reported if Jerome Yap or any other top graduates of NYP received any offers of scholarships like the ASEAN scholarship which is typically given to top foreign students from foreign institutions.

Another odd part about the academic award created in 2009 is the using of the name Lee Hsien Loong, who is the current Prime Minister of Singapore. Lee Hsien Loong is by far the most unpopular Prime Minister in Singapore history and his policies especially in immigration, housing, transport, media censorship and healthcare are not only controversial and fiercely debated on, they are also inefficient and created very drastic social barometers like high income gap and low purchasing power.

Photo from Mediacorp
Photo from Mediacorp


The Lee Hsien Loong award comes from the Ministry of Education and the award funding is from public taxes and not from a single cent of the most well paid politician in the world.

Do you think MOE is used as a political tool for Lee Hsien Loong’s coming election?