His name is Chew Keng Lin. When I think of Chew, I think of a man of simple tastes and a happy disposition; more contented and at ease in the depths of the rainforest than enjoying creature comforts of city dwelling. He loved nature and being out in nature. In fact, he made protecting nature his life’s work.
I first got to know him at this place – Endau Rompin.
We were on the same team; I was team leader. Together we contributed to the building of a field centre for scientific research and nature education in a relative pristine forest are. Today, it is part of the National Parks of Johor or “Taman Negara Johor”.
Chew continued on and became a senior officer in the Parks Corporation.
Tomorrow is Chew’s funeral. He was only in his forty’s. I don’t know much but was told he had some kidney problem; sudden and unexpected.
Although I have not met up with him for some years, I feel a bond to everyone who worked together on that team. We accomplished something important and we all did a lot of growing up together. That means something.
I am sad that he is no longer with us. I am sad that he passed on so young. I am sad that I will not be able to be there at his funeral to honor and remember him. I pray that he is in a better place.