Dear SQI members and SQI colleagues,

On behalf of SQI,it is with sadness I announce that Mr. Joseph Conceicao Founding Chairman of SQI (formerly known as the Singapore Quality and Reliability Association-SQRA),former Teacher,Member of Parliament and Pioneering Diplomat,passed away on August 13th from a heart attack.He was 95.

An MP for Katong from 1968 to 1984, he was also a Diplomat between 1977 and 1994, serving twice as Singapore’s Ambassador to Russia, as well as Ambassador to Indonesia and High Commissioner to Australia.

 photograph with permission of the Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection,
courtesy of National Archives of Singapore

He made a significant contribution to the Quality movement in Singapore.
Here is a speech of Mr. J F Conceicao which hadamessage formanufacturers. In his speech, which was reported in the Straits Times of April 30.1972, hesaid: “Many manufacturers have confused ideas about quality control. Somethink it means sorting out the good from the bad at the end of the production line. Instead, such control has actually to be worked in to the production process from the beginning.” Mr. Conceicao also had a message for the Singapore consumer, “ Singaporeans must learn to be proud of Singapore’s ability to produce. We should insist on high quality of our own products and, whenever possible, buy our own goods,” he said. A year later, he urged that a quality control movement be started among factory workers.

With this sad news, and on behalf of SQI we pay our heartfelt condolences to Joseph’s family, friends and colleagues

Best regards, G.E. Tan Chairman, Singapore Quality Institute