Happy New Year! Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017! Earlier this month, we ran an online poll inviting readers to vote for who you deemed as most deserving for the title of Time Person of the Year 2016 (Singapore Edition). 

Are you ready for the results?

Note that this poll is not officially endorsed by TIME Inc.

The winner for 2011 was the Workers’ Party Aljunied GRC team

In 2012, it was Cecilia Sue Siew Nang. 

In 2013, it was Lee Li Lian. 

In 2014, it was SMRT Ltd (Feedback).

In 2015, it was Amos Yee.

Who do  you think the winner for 2016 is?

We promised to disclose the poll results on 1 January 2017.

Without further ado…

the winner is…







Joseph Schooling!

The Olympic swimming gold medalist garnered a whopping 60% of total votes, the highest winning margin ever since we started this poll five years ago!

We may be a small country, but for Singaporeans, 2016 will definitely be remembered as the year one of our own went out there and proved that we have what it takes to stun the world if we dream big.

Schooling’s Olympic journey with his family will continue to inspire Singaporeans for years to come. We are a small country with big ambitions. Never forget that.