Gajah mati meninggalkan tulang
Harimau mati meninggalkan belang
Manusia mati apa nak bilang
Nama yang baik di sebut tak akan hilang
When an elephant dies, he leaves his bones
When a tiger dies, he leaves his stripes
When a man dies, no words are needed
A good name will never ever fade away
Mr Mohd Seain Bin Madsom, a pioneer People’s Action Party activist from the Moulmein PAP Branch, quoted this Malay saying to express his feelings on the passing of the PAP’s founding Secretary-General and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. And in a way, the saying encapsulates the achievements and hard work of the many pioneers who worked hard for the nation and the Party.
Mr Mohd Seain’s thoughts and experiences are captured in a book, “PAP Pioneers: 50 Ordinary Stories,” which was launched by PAP Secretary-General and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today.
Commissioned by the PAP Seniors Group (PAP.SG) - a Party initiative to promote volunteerism and active contributions to the community, especially in the care of the elderly – the 124 pages book chronicles the contributions and sacrifices of 50 long-serving pioneers for their contributions to the nation and the Party.
Although the book contains the experiences and stories of the stories of 50 activists, Mdm Halimah Yacob, the Chairperson of PAP.SG, said that the stories are representative of the timeless experiences of other activists of all ages. “They helped to inform us about the sacrifices and contributions made by many of our party activists in our branches and upon whom we depend a great deal… Many had helped us to build strong branches and to mentor new generations of party activists. Their hard work has made it possible for the party to be where it is today, and we are grateful to them.”
Secretary-General Lee, in his speech expressed the hope that the stories contained in the book will inspire a younger generation of Singaporeans, “A chance to read about the journey we travelled, appreciate how much our pioneers sacrificed, and inspire them to do likewise for their children. The baton has been passed to our generation. We must build on what our pioneers have done, as we enter a new phase. I hope younger PAP members and Singaporeans at large will be motivated to follow their examples in serving Singapore and in turn to break our path forward and create our own stories,” said Mr Lee.
More than 200 guests were present at the event and Mr Lee took the occasion to pay a special tribute to an Old Guard leader, Mr Othman Wok, for standing by the Party and the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, despite the death threats which he received. He said, Mr Othman Wok’s life epitomised the spirit of our pioneers, which was driven by courage and passion and that he steadfastly supported a multi-racial, multi-religious and meritocratic Singapore.
Mr Lee in his Facebook post, following the event, commended the PAP.SG and its members for its good work. Adding that PAP.SG should play a bigger role, he said, “It should champion policies that benefit the elderly, but also balance the interests of other age groups. Seniors will naturally think about their own needs, but they are also concerned with the needs of their children and grandchildren, and the future of Singapore.”
to read the book "PAP Pioneers: 50 Ordinary Stories"