India-Indonesia Journalist Visit Programme 2019

From 3-6 September 2019, the SIF hosted a Journalist Visit Programme (JVP) for our media friends from India and Indonesia. Since 2000, the programme has been providing an immersive learning experience for regional opinion shapers on how Singaporeans live, work, and create.

The group of 10 journalists experienced the heart and soul of Singapore including visits to social enterprises from various sectors, inclusive community spaces such as Kampung Admiralty, a first-of-its kind development in Singapore which integrates housing for the elderly with a wide range of facilities, and the Enabling Village, an all-accessible public space designed to combine retail, lifestyle and training for differently-abled members of the community, as well as cultural walking tours to Little India and Kampong Glam. Special to this year’s JVP is the commemorative showcase From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience where the journalists embarked on a historical journey of our city-state from as early as the 13th century to present times.

Indonesia’s Desi Purnamawati, Editor and News Coordinator, ANTARA News, shared: “Through this programme, I gained a new understanding of Singapore: how it can be an independent country despite its limited resources. This is largely because the government is very concerned about its citizens’ lives – providing the best facilities and ensuring its diverse people live together in harmony.”

While India’s Sivarajan Devarajan, Assistant Editor, DTNext, said: “The programme offered a comprehensive view of the quality of life in Singapore which ought to be emulated by every country.  To me, Singapore is a global village where the way its people are cared for is highly impressive. But what makes it greater is the country’s willingness to build a better world.”

Additionally, this year’s JVP included a subject which is verily at the heart of Singapore’s rapidly-ageing society – living the final leg of our lives with dignity. The journalists visited Assisi Hospice to learn how it provides care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. They also engaged in an in-depth sharing session with Dr Akhileswaran Ramaswamy, an active volunteer in the SIF’s palliative care training projects in Indonesia since 2009. An experience that Indonesia’s Radityo Priyasmoro, Reporter, Liputan6.com, found “most memorable and an eye-opener”. He remarked that “the services Singapore provides its people in palliative care should be in every country, especially Indonesia – to respect people’s right to the end of their life journey.”

The journalists also learned about volunteering experiences from our Citizen Ambassadors who have partnered with us on various SIF programmes including Water for Life, Words on Wheels, the Arts for Good Fellowship, Young Social Entrepreneurs, as well as specialist volunteer projects in education.

Through the JVP, the journalists had the opportunity to network with their peers from Singapore media outlets Mothership.SG and Tamil Murasu, exchanging insights on the media landscapes of each other’s countries.

Media from India and Indonesia getting an overview of Singapore’s transformation, to one of the world’s most liveable cities, at the Singapore City Gallery in Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre.
Global challenges such as climate change are affecting societies everywhere. The Sustainable Singapore Gallery showcases Singapore’s efforts to ensure a sustainable and liveable environment despite limited natural resources.
Journalists from the region taking in the visual and interactive showcase of the Singapore Bicentennial Experience which narrates Singapore’s history and development, shaped by shifting global flows, from 1299 to present.
Indonesian media discovering the Green Collective SG at Funan Mall, a retail space uniquely curated to encourage shoppers to lead sustainable lifestyles.
On a lighter note, our media friends giving their best angle at the iconic statue of Sir Stamford Raffles along the Singapore River.
Juliet Ng, Head of Communications of Assisi Hospice sharing a photo exhibit of patients and staff. The photos were captured by one of Assisi Hospice’s patients, a former photojournalist, and showcases how the hospice’s care has made a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families.
A sharing session by Tylor Jong, co-founder of YSE 2018 alumni TreeDots, a Singaporean social enterprise centred on reducing food waste by leveraging on technology.
Citizen Ambassador Dr Ahkhileswaran Ramaswamy sharing his stories and experience as a specialist volunteer for the SIF’s longstanding palliative care initiatives, including the ongoing Enabling Palliative Care Trainers project in West Java, Indonesia.
Timothy Lee (standing, right), a service staff with autism, describing how working in social enterprise restaurant, Tribe, has given him independence and empowered him.
JVP participants exploring Little India and experiencing Singapore’s multicultural society, comprising a wide range of ethnicities and religions.
Being inclusive – Our media friends ordering beverages at the Art Bar in Enabling Village, an all-accessible public space designed to combine retail, lifestyle and training for differently-abled members of the community. Art Bar, a community project by Pathlight School and Starbucks Singapore, provides on-the-job training for young adults with special needs.
Indian and Indonesian media experiencing the Touch Collection by the Singapore Art Museum, a roving exhibition curated to make contemporary arts accessible to all communities, primarily the visually impaired.
Indonesian journalist Radityo Priyasmoro interacting with an SIF Young Social Entrepreneur Programme alumnus Yoke Pean Thye over dinner. Yoke Pean is the co-founder of WISE-WASH, a social enterprise that tackles the issue of lack of access to water sanitation and basic hygiene in Southeast Asia.
On a lighter note, our media friends giving their best angle at the iconic statue of Sir Stamford Raffles along the Singapore River.
Juliet Ng, Head of Communications of Assisi Hospice sharing a photo exhibit of patients and staff. The photos were captured by one of Assisi Hospice’s patients, a former photojournalist, and showcases how the hospice’s care has made a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families.
A sharing session by Tylor Jong, co-founder of YSE 2018 alumni TreeDots, a Singaporean social enterprise centred on reducing food waste by leveraging on technology.
Citizen Ambassador Dr Ahkhileswaran Ramaswamy sharing his stories and experience as a specialist volunteer for the SIF’s longstanding palliative care initiatives, including the ongoing Enabling Palliative Care Trainers project in West Java, Indonesia.
Timothy Lee (standing, right), a service staff with autism, describing how working in social enterprise restaurant, Tribe, has given him independence and empowered him.
JVP participants exploring Little India and experiencing Singapore’s multicultural society, comprising a wide range of ethnicities and religions.
Being inclusive – Our media friends ordering beverages at the Art Bar in Enabling Village, an all-accessible public space designed to combine retail, lifestyle and training for differently-abled members of the community. Art Bar, a community project by Pathlight School and Starbucks Singapore, provides on-the-job training for young adults with special needs.
Indian and Indonesian media experiencing the Touch Collection by the Singapore Art Museum, a roving exhibition curated to make contemporary arts accessible to all communities, primarily the visually impaired.
Indonesian journalist Radityo Priyasmoro interacting with an SIF Young Social Entrepreneur Programme alumnus Yoke Pean Thye over dinner. Yoke Pean is the co-founder of WISE-WASH, a social enterprise that tackles the issue of lack of access to water sanitation and basic hygiene in Southeast Asia.
Singapore’s Tamil Murasu journalist Vengadeshwaran Subramaniam (bottom left), together with Indonesian media, meeting Daniel Teh, the founder of social enterprise restaurant Pope Jai Thai.
Bringing Singaporeans and world commnities together SIF style – The India-Indonesia JVP culminates with a lively dinner where our overseas friends got to network and interact with Singaporean media, as well as the SIF’s Citizen Ambassadors and staff representatives.
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