52) Review the past with respect, gratitude and blessings at this moment of time

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The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is located in Esplanade Park opposite City Hall, Padang.  The Memorial in memory of this Chinese resistance war fighter whom sacrificed himself in exchange for dignity and peace.

By courtesy of tour-bangkok-legacies-com
By courtesy of tour-bangkok-legacies-com

Lim Bo Seng (24 April 1909 – 29 June 1944) was born in Fujian, China, happened to be the last year of the Qing Dynasty.  He was the son of Lim Loh who was then a building constructor.  Lim came to Singapore at the age of 16 and studied in Raffles Instituion under the British Colonial Government and subsequently further his studies in the University of Hong Kong.

 Lim took over his father’s business when his father died in 1929.  He started with two businesses in brick manufacturing and biscuit production and later ventured into building construction together with his brothers.

 When second Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1937, Lim immediately participated in anti-Japanese activities.  In 1942, Lim traveled to Sumatra with other Chinese community leaders and made his way to India.  He recruited and trained hundreds of secrets agents through intensive military intelligence mission from China and India.  He set up the Sino-British guerrilla task force (Force 136) in mid-1942 together with Captain John Davis of the Special Operations Executive (SOE).  Unfortunately, Lim was captured by the Japanese at a roadblock in Gopeng around March-April 1944.

By courtesy of www-tour-bangkok-legacies.com
By courtesy of www-tour-bangkok-legacies.com

In 29 June 1944, he was tortured to death in Batu Gajah prison by the Japanese soldiers and buried behind the prison.  The Chinese National Government awarded him Army Major General, 13 January 1946.  Lim’s remains was brought back by his family to Singapore and buried in a hill in MacRitchie Reservoir.

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In 1954, the Singapore government constructed a 3.5meter high monument in Esplanade Park to commemorate the sacrifices he made for the country.

By courtesy of ourstory.asia1.com.sg
By courtesy of ourstory.asia1.com.sg

This picture shows Mr. Lim and his member of Force 136, Mr. Tan Cheong Tee.

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Flowers look upon a heroic soul.

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And now, he is watching over the Marina Bay Sands, cheering for our Nation’s growth and developments.

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If you happen to be  in Esplanade Park, do pay a visit to this Fighting Warrior!


20 thoughts on “52) Review the past with respect, gratitude and blessings at this moment of time

    cindy knoke said:
    January 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

    So important that you posted this! People need to learn more about the millions of Chinese/Asian victims of WWII. Important post Sydney!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

      The aim of this post is not pinpoint at whom but is whom I like to showcase.
      Haha! I had been enjoying too much funky and jokes.
      Sometime, looking back those History way from us, will cherish our life in more graceful way!
      Thanks, Cindy! You are always so warm to me!

    mixedupmeme said:
    January 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

    So many heroes will never be known
    So many heroes died all alone

    Respect,gratitude and blessings you have shown

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

      So much History to be unfold
      So much History alive not alone
      Respect,gratitude and blessings we should own!

    yiyime said:
    January 5, 2013 at 2:50 am

    great information and photographs

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 4:06 am

      Hey! Thanks for your compliments!
      Have a peaceful and wonderful weekend!

        yiyime said:
        January 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

        you are welcome

    Katherine Gordy Levine said:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Thank you. Pinned this on my Stories and Poems of Strength. http://pinterest.com/pin/147141112797355204/

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Thanks, I am so shy to tell you, till now, I’m not sure how to pin it! Sob….

    lasesana said:
    January 5, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Hi! Your blog was one of my favorites to read and follow in 2012, so i nominated you for the Blog of the Year award.
    Check it out:

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks,lasesana! 🙂

    The Mind of RD Revilo said:
    January 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

    clawfish said:
    January 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Sydney i enjoy your blog and this piece was fascinating as i love history both social and political and i know little really of the history in the area and i will have to find out more thank you

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      I am sure not many people like this kind of topic.
      This is my rare piece of Historic article, I am glad you like it!
      and thanks for stopping by, you take care and have a peaceful weekend!

    ShimonZ said:
    January 6, 2013 at 1:52 am

    This is a moving story of a hero, who suffered for his fellow man. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks, Shimon! You are someone I look upon, thank you for visiting my Blog!

    kelihasablog said:
    January 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Wonderful blog again Sydney! I love all of the history of someone who suffered for others. what a hero. 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Yes, A true hero! He contribute so much to our Nation!
      Have a great weekend, Keli! 🙂

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