Do more to honour S'pore heroes

Do more to honour S'pore heroes
Mrs Sally Heng, the widow of Mr Heng Yeow Pheow, who lost his life helping his workers to escape the chaos of the Nicoll Highway collapse on 20 April 2004, sitting on the bench at Tampines Park dedicated to her husband’s memory.

The common thread in the articles, "Relatives, friends pay tribute to dancer" (last Tuesday) and "Tribute to Nicoll Highway hero at Tampines park" (June 16), is that both Ms Tiara Zhang Zhi Zhen and Mr Heng Yeow Peow unselfishly and instinctively took it upon themselves to help others in times of extreme crises, while disregarding their personal safety.

Their acts of heroism saved many lives.

We are not born heroes and have much to lose should we die prematurely. So it is heartwarming to read about ordinary folk who not only do the right thing, but also put their lives on the line.

This is a quality that we, as a nation, would want to inculcate among our citizens.

Can the Government find a suitable way of honouring Singaporeans who display extraordinary bravery and sacrifice their lives in the process?

Perhaps National Day would be a good occasion to recognise their extraordinary deeds.

Raymond Koh Bock Swi

This article was first published on july 06, 2014.
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