Memories – Myths0
Memories – Myths
Zaobao, March 25, 2012
Art Festival General Manager Low Kee Hong : The pace of our development is getting quicker, every generation needs to preserve their memories, from the Railway Station, Methodist Girl School old school site to Bukit Brown Cemetery. But finally we are not unable to keep these environment, only preserve these memories in digital photographs or in our memories. But will these memories of ours became myths, lost poems or finally lost? He asked.
Memories, are what we seek for our individual spiritual existence, what is ironic is that when we want to build our future, we have to give up our own individual existence and become wandering souls.
That day, I stood by the cemetery of Shuang Long Shan, reminiscing of the distant legends of Lanfang Republic, and the thoughts flowed back of what Tan Chuan Jin said in Parliament using the words of Lim Kim San :”Do you want me to look after your dead ancestors, or do you want me to look after your grandchildren?” My heart could not but felt spasms of nerve pain…
by Chew Boon Long – Zaobao reporter
Lanfang Republic was the first Republic in Asia, set up in West Kalimantan in Indonesia, and was established by a Hakka Chinese.
Shuang Long Shan is a Hakka Cemetery situated near Holland Road Singapore, founded in 1887 to meet the burial needs of Ying Fo Fui Kuan, a Hakka clan association. Shuang Long Shan means Twin Dragon hill, in reference to the two hills in the vicinity of the 100 hectare land, thought to resemble reclining dragons.
Researchers are trying to find the links of our cemeteries including that of Bukit Brown to that of Lanfang Republic.