King's Day 2022 - Singapore

This year’s King’s Day took place against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. For this reason we decided to keep our National Day celebrations sober without receptions and celebrations.

Instead, we took the opportunity to host Royal Decoration Ceremonies, in which two people received a high royal decoration: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau. These honours are conferred on persons who have rendered outstanding service to society.

Both Piet Sinke and Mr. Chia were awarded for their services to the Netherlands and the significant role they played within the collaboration between Singapore and the Netherlands.

Piet Sinke, a Dutch man, was awarded for his longstanding service within the Maritime industry. He is responsible for setting up NewsClippings, a daily collection of press clippings for the Maritime industry that gets sent to over 43,000 readers. He also played a key role in preserving the historical tug Elbe.

Mr. Chia, a Singaporean engineer, was also awarded a Royal Decoration for his contributions to the knowledge exchange between Singapore and the Netherlands for the Pulau Tekong polder project. The ceremony took place during a water seminar lunch in the Raffles ballroom, which was specifically set up to surprise Mr. Chia.

Besides these two Royal Decorations, the Hollandse School, which has around 300 Dutch students, organised traditional Dutch games for the children to celebrate the birthday of the King.