23 October 2017
Nurturing Environment

Throughout his 36 years working in the Public Service, Mr Supaat Bin Pardi has always enjoyed interacting with members of the public and endeavours to provide the best service to the community. As part of the team in the National Environment Agency's (NEA) Environmental Public Health Operations Department, he attends to feedback on public health issues such as high-rise littering.

“My team and I will listen to the concerns of the residents and try our best to resolve the issues raised quickly. It gives us great pleasure to help ensure that residents have a clean living environment,” he said.

Outside of work, one of his memorable experiences was being part of the Public Service contingent at the National Day Parade (NDP). It was in the early 2000s, when NDPs were still held at the old National Stadium. “As soon as we stepped onto the field, I could see and hear the large crowd cheering for all the contingents,” Mr Supaat beamed. “It felt great to be representing the Public Service with my colleagues.”

His daughter Nuraini, along with the rest of the family, waited eagerly for the telecast at home, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mr Supaat on television. “To me, it was a rare opportunity,” she recalled. “We were all excited when we saw a live close-up of my dad marching on TV.”

Those early recollections inspired Nuraini to pursue a meaningful career like her father’s, where she is able to contribute to the community. “When I was younger, he used to share his experiences interacting with fellow Singaporeans in the course of his work. He emphasises the importance of being patient, especially in challenging situations.”

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Nuraini’s initial ambition was to be a doctor. Over time, although her aspirations changed, her aptitude and interest in Math and Science remained – so did her desire to serve. She is now a Scientific Officer with NEA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Section, where she is in charge of the water quality monitoring programmes in Singapore. Her duties include analysing water quality trends and ensuring that the water quality database for coastal and inland waters is updated.

While Mr Supaat did not pressure her to pursue any particular profession, he noticed her inquisitive nature and encouraged her. “From an early age we could tell that she was a bright child and always topped her class,” he said. “We trust that she knew what she wanted. We let her plan her own career path and gave her the assurance that we will support her in anything she chooses to pursue.”

That support came in many ways, which included nurturing Nuraini’s love for books. Mr Supaat recounted many family shopping trips where she would stop and read everything she saw along the way; such as billboard panels on bus stops or posters in shops. “Nuraini is an avid reader. When she was about six years old, we bought her a book from a bookshop along Orchard Road. She began reading while we were walking to another mall, and when we reached our destination, she finished the entire book,” Mr Supaat recounted with amusement.

Nuraini is equally fond of her father’s eccentric habits and interests, in particular his passion for football. “He fervently follows the English Premier League and his favourite team is Manchester United. He watches all their matches, even if they take place at 4 in the morning.”

Nuraini admires her dad for his dedication to his favourite football club, his work, and most importantly, his family. “My dad will always put aside time to send us to work or to school. He will spend weekends with us, even if we are at home watching television or out cycling or sightseeing,” she affirmed. “Despite being tied down with work and other commitments, he always puts family first.”
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