Lifetime Achievement Award to Khoja pioneer


A pioneer of the Indian business community in Singapore has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ameerali Jumabhoy, 94, received the accolade from the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI).

The prize was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at a dinner for 700 guests to mark SICCI’s 95th year.

A report in the Singapore Sunday Times said: “Mr Jumabhoy headed Scotts Holdings for 14 years and has led business delegations to 22 countries, including Singapore’s first delegation to South Africa.”

His proud grandson Ameer was at the ceremony, where he and Ameerali were photographed alongside Mr Heng.

Pioneers of prosperity

Ameer said: “While this photo captures three generations of Singaporeans, it is the pioneer generation, who really set the foundation for much of the prosperity the world has seen in our country. I hope their stories can be captured soon, as their experiences will shape the thoughts of future generations. Congratulations Dada!”

In a speech at the event the Deputy Prime Minister said Singapore’s Indian business community could help grow the republic’s economy by venturing into India’s rapidly growing market. “By building a stronger community and looking for new paths to innovate and internationalise together, the Indian business community will continue to be an important part of our Singapore story,” he told the audience.

Giving back

Besides seeking new opportunities, he urged Indian business leaders to continue giving back to society in the spirit of the community’s pioneers.

Ameer added: “Mr Heng’s speech on embracing innovation stirred positive discussions about infusing traditional trades with technology to future proof multi-generational businesses in preparation for Singapore’s Smart City future.”