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Other ways to honour a donor's legacy

My letter was first published in The Straits Times Forum Online, 6 April 2011


IT IS sad that Dr Tan Cheng Bock stepped down from the board of the upcoming hospital in Jurong because he disagreed with its new name, the Ng Teng Fong Hospital ("Name change 'sends wrong message'"; last Saturday).

I salute him for his righteousness. I took part in The Straits Times online poll and my vote was among the 78.4 per cent who agreed that Jurong General Hospital should not have been renamed after its biggest donor, who was the chairman of Far East Organization.

As a volunteer and patient advocate, I greatly appreciate the philanthropic outreach programmes of Far East. To date, it has donated an 18,500 sq ft space at Novena Specialist Centre to the Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer and a 17,000 sq ft space at Central to the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

According to Mr Philip Ng, the son of the late tycoon, the donation was to give something back to Singapore as well as leave a lasting memory of his father. There are many ways to continue the caring spirit of our parents. I founded Cancerstory.com in memory of my late mother and wrote the book What Killed My Dad? Are Hospitals Safe? in memory of my late father.

In my opinion, the generosity of the late Mr Ng, through Far East's initiatives, has already left a lasting memory of him.

Lee Soh Hong (Miss)



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