A Singaporean has been chosen to chair the Global Dignity movement in Cambodia, established by the Crown Prince of Norway.
Young Global Leader (YGL) and Singapore’s first Rotary Peace Fellow Mr Yap Kwong Weng, 35, is the first Singaporean to fill the role in the independent non-government organisation (NGO) since it was kickstarted in 2006.
The NGO is led by the Crown Prince of Norway and promotes human beings’ rights to access acceptable standards of health care, education, income and security, so that people can lead ‘dignified’ lives.
“The task ahead of me will be filled with many uncertainties, but I am willing to give my best to the people of Cambodia. As Singaporeans, we sometimes do not realise how lucky we are to have a stable society that empowers us with basic dignity. We have dreams and we know that we can live them. This is far more than any child in Cambodia can hope for,” says Yap.
“I want to help raise awareness of the principles of dignity, that will at the very least, give the youths of Cambodia a chance at leading a life of dignity,” he added.
“For a start, it is just me, with a vision to instill dignity in every Cambodian,” muses Yap. He will be starting his stint in Cambodia in March 2013.