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Paintings honour leaders' mark on history's canvas

By David Lim

DOCTOR Goh Keng Swee was a man who never wanted others to sing his praises, his younger grandson, Mr Wu Shaoyi, said on Tuesday.

Mr Wu, 20, was at an event held at The Arts House to receive a painting dedicated to his grandfather, who died in May.

He said: "If he had been here to receive it himself, he would have just said, 'Thank you very much', and carried on working."

Dr Goh was one of 10 Singapore pioneers who were honoured in a painting project spearheaded by three non-governmental organisations: Halogen Foundation Singapore, Studio You and The Arts House.

The leaders, who formed Singapore's first Cabinet in 1965, included Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Othman Wok and Mr E. W. Barker.

Some of the leaders and former ministers, together with their relatives, were at the event to receive the paintings.

The project, called Live Our Dreams Community Paintings: A Tribute To Singapore's Pioneering 10, involved at least 5,000 Singaporeans from all walks of life, such as nurses and children from a kindergarten.

Among them was 10-yearold Janice Yap, whose painting won an award.

She recounted how she did not apply a single stroke of paint on her canvas for two weeks as she was not sure about Singapore's history. Inspiration came only after she had done her research on the leaders.

"I have become more appreciative of the leaders' sacrifices.

This has been very educational for me," she said.

limhw@sph.com.sg

 


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