Include Community Leaders in Founders’ Memorial

Singapore’s Founders’ Memorial should not only honour the country’s political leaders, but community leaders and philanthropists as well, said participants from the Indian community who attended the Founders’ Memorial dialogue yesterday (15 Dec).

Among those they proposed are late businessman Mr P. Govindasamy Pillai, and founder of Tamil Murasu newspaper Mr Thamizhavel G. Sarangapani.

They are in addition to founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and his comrades such as Dr Goh Keng Swee, Dr Toh Chin Chye, Mr S. Rajaratnam and Mr Othman Wok.

Participant, Vashdev Atmaram Khialani, said it was the combined effort of the early political leaders and community leaders that made Singapore what it is today.

There was also agreement that the memorial needs to strike a chord with fellow Singaporeans. “If Singaporeans walk into the memorial and they find - and this is not just today, you've to think 30, 50 years from now - that they don't see anything they can identify with, then we would have failed," said Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of the Founders’ Memorial committee.

Yesterday’s dialogue was the eighth and final one in the first phase of public consultations for the Founders' Memorial. In this phase, views were sought on, among other things, the values and ideals embodied by Singapore's founders and whom to honour. 

A second round of consultations will be held next year to discuss issues such as the location of the memorial.

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Source: 'Honour community leaders as well' (The Straits Times, 16 December 2015) 

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