I could not help feeling ashamed after reading the article "Tribute to Nicoll Highway hero at Tampines park" (Monday).
I had almost forgotten about the story of foreman Heng Yeow Pheow, who lost his life helping his workers to escape during the Nicoll Highway collapse 10 years ago. I thank The Straits Times for recounting what he has done.
Mr Heng's actions epitomised the values of selfless giving, courage, kindness and compassion.
In the critical moments, it was obvious he did not think of himself but put the safety and lives of his co-workers first.
He gave his life so that others could live. It is one of the highest forms of giving, if not the highest.
Mr Heng deserves a lot of respect and praise.
Singapore should be proud that we have produced such a hero.
Other than a memorial bench, we should put up plaques about his selfless giving in the Nicoll Highway MRT station. This will serve to remind commuters to be grateful and emulate the values that Mr Heng exemplified.
This article was first published on June 18, 2014.
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