Plans to engage historians on Founders' Memorial

We thank Mr Chan Cheng Lin for his feedback, as well as others who have provided us with feedback on the Founders' Memorial project ("Why no historians on Founders' Memorial panel?"; July 3).

The editorial on July 6 ("Build a Founders' Memorial to last") raised the point that the memorial must stand the test of time to provide future generations with stories of how we came into being, and how we overcame challenges together.

This was also discussed at the first Founders' Memorial Committee meeting on June 30.

The committee will consult widely and aim to conceptualise a memorial that resonates with all Singaporeans.

Historians are a key group of experts that the committee certainly plans to engage.

The committee will consult non-governmental organisations and experts in Singapore's history and heritage, as well as academics from institutes of higher learning and independent researchers, as suggested by Mr Chan.

In the coming months, we will also be reaching out through various means, such as small group discussions and online platforms, to hear the views of Singaporeans on the Founders' Memorial.

Lee Tzu Yang
Founders' Memorial Committee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2015, with the headline 'Plans to engage historians on Founders' Memorial'. Print Edition | Subscribe