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UM-NUS green ties

12 June 2012

Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, Singapore President and NUS Chancellor (right), presenting a gift to His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, Chancellor of UM

Friendship on the greens

Golfers from NUS and the University of Malaya (UM) came together in Singapore early June to celebrate the ties between both institutions at the annual UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament.

This year's contest was distinguished by the presence of Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, Singapore President and NUS Chancellor. The special occasion marked the first time he participated in the event as the University's Chancellor. Representing the Malaysian university was His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, Chancellor of UM.

"We are truly honoured to have both Dr Tony Tan and Sultan Azlan Shah grace this occasion," noted Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS. "Their presence underscores the strong bonds of friendship that are treasured by both universities."

The inaugural UM-NUS tournament was held in 1968 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as an expression of the strong relationship between senior leaders of both universities. Hosted alternately by UM and NUS, this year's edition saw more than 130 faculty members, staff and alumni from the two institutions teeing off.

Among the leading lights in NUS team colours were Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, NUS Pro-Chancellor; Mr Edward D'Silva, Member of the NUS Board of Trustees; Mr Yatiman Yusof, Singapore's High Commissioner to Kenya and Rwanda; and Mr Zainul Abdul Rasheed, Singapore's Ambassador to Kuwait.

Over two days of friendly competition, golfers from UM and NUS took to the fairways of the Tanah Merah Country Club and the Sentosa Golf Club for an affirmation of longstanding bonds. The tournament ended with the NUS contingent winning the Cup for 2012.