The Tempinis diaries

December 5, 2007

The Campaign to Confer Public Stars on the Five Dragon Boaters

Unless you have been living under a rock or have been overseas, you would have read about the tragic incident involving five Singapore dragon boaters in Cambodia.  Their deaths affected many people.  Perhaps, it’s their youth that moved perfect strangers to feel very sorry for them and their families.  Speaking personally, I felt quite sad that such young people who seemed to have so much vitality, good will and zest for life had their lives cut short.   Which set me thinking a few days ago – I think these fine young men (to paraphrase something I read in the papers) represent the best that Singapore has to offer.  A quiet everyday man who had simple dreams and who was a good son, brother, teacher, colleague, student and sportsman.  Since they died in the course of representing Singapore, the nation does owe them something.  In the United States, if someone dies or gets injured in the course of serving the country in the Army, he or she is awarded some sort of medal.  So too in this case – these young men deserve some kind of national honour even if it is posthumously.  I am sure it would mean a lot to their families.

And so this post marks the start of the campaign to confer public stars on the five dragon boaters – Chee Wei Cheng, Jeremy Goh, Stephen Loh, Reuben Kee and Poh Boon San.  How can you help with the campaign?  Write about this idea on your blog, link this blog post and send in a feedback to Government via this website.  If enough people join in this campaign, then hopefully public stars can be awarded to Wei Cheng, Jeremy, Stephen, Reuben and Boon San at the next national day.


1 Comment »

  1. Certainly not intending to sideline the other four dragon boaters, I was especially dismayed to find that Reuben Kee was one of the victims; he definitely represented “the best” that Singapore had to offer, in that he was already an established and respected name internationally – as a talented ReMixer at One of his works (Ascension to Cosmo Canyon) is still in the first fifth of the top 100 rated remixes at the site.

    I’ve included a link to the piece. You don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate its beauty and Reuben’s talent.

    A tragedy indeed. 😦

    Comment by cherylline — December 11, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

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