Meet Raju Chellam, author of Organ Gold (November 8)

Dear Member

ORGAN GOLD By Raju Chellam
Book launch by Singapore Press Club, in cooperation with the National Kidney Foundation. Also supported by the Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) and the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS).

Hear first-hand about the Dark Web, how the illegal organs business actually works, how organs are priced, who makes money, how much and why. Organ Gold is probably the first book to expose the business side of a nefarious trade from the broker’s point of view.

Hear from the author himself, Singapore Press Club life member and former Business Times BizIT Editor Raju Chellam. Also on the panel are National Kidney Foundation CEO, Tim Oei, and Aaron Tay, who received a kidney from his younger brother about 10 years ago and is now living a life free of dialysis.

ST Press will offer ORGAN GOLD at a discounted price of $20 nett. Payment by cash or Nets. All proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation. Raju Chellam will also autograph the book.

Event details:
Thursday, 8 November 2018
6.30pm – NKF Building, 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836
Level 4 Auditorium

6.15pm – Arrival of guests
6.30pm – Tour of NKF Kidney Discovery Centre (KDC), where visitors will be taken through an enhanced, experiential learning journey!
7.00pm – Panel discussion begins plus launch of ORGAN GOLD
8.00pm – End of programme. Sale of book and autograph signing. Finger food will be served.

Please register with the Singapore Press Club secretariat at by 1st November.

Bhagman Singh
Vice-President, Singapore Press Club

Exclusive 15% discount for Guards at the Taj

Dear Member

You can now watch the award-winning play Guards at the Taj at a discounted rate, exclusive to the members of the Singapore Press Club.

Written by the talented American playwright Rajiv Joseph, directed by Jo Kukathas and performed by Ghafir Akbar and Jay Saighal, this wickedly-dark comedy is based on a myth surrounding the Taj Mahal that “nothing so beautiful shall ever be built again”.

In the vein of previous productions likeThe Pillowman and Disgraced, this is the kind of play that audiences have come to expect from Singapore Repertory Theatre.

The setting is India in 1648 on the night before the Taj Mahal opens to the public, but Rajiv Joseph’s script is strikingly modern. There is a reason he won the Obie Award for Best New Play.

Guards at the Taj opens in Singapore on November 14.

To book, you can click on the discount link here:

Best regards
The Secretariat

Annual Singapore Press Club – CIMB Golf Classic (Nov 15)

Dear members

It’s time once again for our Annual Singapore Press Club – CIMB Golf Classic. This 2018 edition will be held at Keppel Club (a heritage club more than 100 years old) on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Come sign up as Individual player or a Corporate Flight to play with your colleagues, friends and/or guests.

We have fantastic prizes and not forgetting Hole-in-One Prizes sponsored by Mercedes and Philip Stein.
There’s also 2 opportunities to win Nearest to Pin prizes of $2,500 Shangri La Hotel vouchers.

All golfers enjoy a goodie bag and Singapore Press Club Golf t-shirt, lunch, dinner and drinks total value worth more than $400.

Members pay $158 (early bird sign up before 16 Oct 2018 pay $138) and $378 for Members Guests.

For non-golfers, come join us for a nice dinner get-together among the media fraternity and corporate partners in a sit down dinner with lots of drinks and lucky draw prizes.
Members: $50 and Member Guest $60

To sign up, please email to SPC secretariat at Early bird sign up for golfers before 16 Oct 2018.

Look forward to your support and seeing you at our fun Golf event.

Best Regards
Janet Wee – Ng
Golf Convenor
Singapore Press Club

Buy your Press Ball attire at NRIBuzzar

Dear Press Ball attendee

The Press Ball is happening on October 27 at One Farrer Hotel. And you know the theme is Bollywood Bling. But do you have the right clothes to wear for the occasion?

The Singapore Press Club has arranged with the organisers of The #NriBuzzar, happening on Oct 12 at the Holiday Inn, Cavenagh Road, to provide you with a wide selection of Indian attire that you can pick from. The choices for men are limited.

From the bazaar’s fab line-up of vendors you can get all your Press Ball requirements: clothes, jewellery, shoes and other accessories.

The details are provided in the attached ED-M.

All you have to do is show the E-DM at the event to get discounts up to 15%. Also enjoy cocktails on the house at 5pm.

If you have any queries, please contact Eva Singh at 9108 2343.

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

World Press Photo Exhibition Special Tour on October 20

Dear Member

You are invited to go on a special tour of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, presented by The Straits Times, which is being held at the National Museum of Singapore until October 28.

The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Singapore Press Club, features 161 images by 42 photographers from the world’s media who were lauded for their powerful images in the annual competition in 2017, one of the most prestigious in photojournalism.

The special tour for Singapore Press Club members will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018,from 3pm.
Address: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road.

The meeting point is Level 1, at the start of the World Press Photo and Straits Times exhibition.
Tour guide Olivia will be waiting at the designated point wearing a tag indicating “Exhibition Guide”.

Please register for the tour with the Secretariat at by 3pm on October 18 (Thursday).

Best regards
The Secretariat

Visit Uzbekistan from November 16 to 24

Dear Member

The Government of Uzbekistan has invited members of the Singapore Press Club to visit Uzbekistan from November 16 to 24 as part of the 24th Tashkent International Tourism Fair they are organising.

The Uzbekistan embassy in Singapore has put together a tour programme for us which is attached. There will be slight changes to it later regarding accommodation, internal travel and official visits.

The total cost of the trip will be around $3,000 per person. This trip is only open to our members, and priority will be given to journalists who are prepared to write about the country.

If you are keen to go on this trip, please let the Secretariat know quickly and no later than October 20. 
E-mail to

The tour will only go ahead if we have a decent number.

If you have any queries, please contact  Mr Baikhador Saidov, Trade & Economic Counsellor, at the Uzebkistan embassy:

Best regards
The Secretariat

Programm for Singapore Press Center 2

20% off tickets to Shirkers – Saturday 20 Oct, 6:30-9:30pm Capitol Theatre

Dear members,

The Singapore Film Society has secured for its 60th Anniversary Gala Screening on Saturday 20 October 2018, 6:30pm, the exclusive Singapore premiere of the 2018 Sundance-winning documentary, Shirkers, by Singaporean filmmaker, Sandi Tan. It will be the only time this film will be shown in a theatre in Singapore as it will only be distributed on Netflix subsequently.

Sandi received the 2018 Sundance Film Festival – Best Director Award for World Cinema Documentary. She is one of Variety’s 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch 2018, and one of Indiewire’s 10 Rising Female Filmmakers of 2018.

Movers & Shakers, meet Shirkers
Shirkers is a quirky real-life documentary about teenage VHS-bootlegger Sandi Tan (now an award-winning filmmaker/writer based in Los Angeles). In 1992, along with her fellow film-geek pals Jasmine Ng (now an established filmmaker/activist in Singapore) and Sophie Siddique (now Associate Professor & Head of Film Studies at Vassar College, New York), they shot Singapore’s first road movie with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. The film was called “Shirkers”. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, S, a 16-year-old assassin collecting and then eliminating her own tribe. After shooting wrapped, Georges absconded with all of the 16mm footage. The 16mm Kodak cans were recovered 20 years later, sending Sandi, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal, singular odyssey across two continents in search of Georges’ vanishing footprints — and her own.


SFS 60th Anniversary x SHIRKERS Premiere @ Capitol Theatre
Saturday, 20 October 2018

4 pm Exhibition opens to public
6.30 pm Doors open
6.45 pm Welcome Address
7 pm LIVE performance by WEISH
7.10 pm Introduction by Director Sandi Tan
7.15 pm SHIRKERS
8.50 pm LIVE performance by Ben Harrison & accompaniment
9 pm Interaction with Shirkers Crew & Photo-taking session
9.30 pm Thank You

Singapore Press Club members will be able to enjoy a bulk ticket discount of 20% with a 20-ticket minimum order. If you would like to get the $40 tickets at the discounted price of $32, please indicate your interest by filling out this Google form by Sunday 7 October.

Should we meet this minimum order by 7 October, Club VP Lau Joon-Nie will contact you to make payment immediately for your order. You’ll then receive a payment confirmation via email and collect your tickets at the door.

If this minimum isn’t reached by 7 October, members will be able to buy their tickets directly from the GV website or cinemas at the regular price of $40.

So gather your friends and family to enjoy the discount and join our friends at the Singapore Film Society to celebrate their 60th anniversary with this extraordinarily unique Singaporean film!

Here’s the link to the order form again:

See you at the movies!

Lau Joon-Nie
Singapore Press Club

Press Ball on Oct 27 @ One Farrer Hotel

Dear Member

The Press Ball is here again. It will be held on Saturday, October 27th at the One Farrer Hotel Grand Ballroom (1 Farrer Park Road Station).

The theme for this year’s gala event is Bollywood Bling. So, come dressed in your most colourful Indian attire and dance the night away.

We’ve booked 35 tables for this special annual event. There will be good food, drinks and loads of music and fun.

You also stand a chance to win our top lucky draw prize: A $13,500 6.42carat natural Tanzanite pendant set in 18K White Gold sponsored by Diamond Industries.

Our rates for the Press Ball continue to be among the best in town. A Press Club member pays just $80, a spouse/partner $90 and a guest $100.

The attendance form is attached. Please indicate the number of seats you need by October 15. If you’d like to take a table for yourself and guests, please let us know early.

We look forward to your presence at the Press Ball.
Thank you.

Best regards

V.K. Santosh Kumar
Honorary Secretary
Singapore Press Club
Tel: 6319 5045

LitUp Asia-Pacific Festival 2018

Dear Members,

I’m writing to invite all Press Club Members who might be interested in attending a unique event that brings together literary and performing artists.

From 12 to 14 October the LitUp Asia-Pacific Festival 2018 takes place in Singapore. Free to attend, the festival will be held at LaSALLE College of the Arts, Aliwal Arts Centre, Blu Jazz Cafe and Kampong Glam.

In its eighth year, LitUp commences a new cycle of bringing literary and performing artists together, while adding a regional focus with stronger tie-ins targeting university scholars and arts students as well as cross-arts collaboration. Visit for festival details and to register your attendance.

This year’s theme, Water, City, Sky – Literatures Rising in Asia, is explored through theatre, poetry and literature to screen forms. The festival-symposium will also highlight oral traditions from Indian, Chinese and indigenous sources that have influenced the region, looking especially to their historical antecedents and contemporary expressions.

Highlights include ‘One Man Ramayana’ by British-Punjabi poet Daljit Nagra (winner of the Forward prize and twice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award). Balinese mime company Teater Kini Berseri will interpret two Singaporean works and NAFA will present an ensemble theatre work based on the Merlion.

Lit Up will also introduce Filipino Balagtasan, an historical ‘debate poetry’ form, alongside Chinese opera, Malay pantuns and Dhikr Barat (choral song-recitation). Scholars will speak on these traditions and others will contribute through workshops, panels and demonstrations relating to film and animation.

The Writers Centre, Singapore and will also be launching three competitions: Crash Test Theatre: a ten-minute play event, the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Slam and a literary cosplay parade.

Please contact me at should you have any questions regarding LitUP Asia-Pacific 2018.


Sally J. Clarke
Management Committee Member