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on 23rd September 2009

It was a pleasant surprise to receive an unsolicited ‘comment’ from Lee Chiu San on the occasion of our million blog hits. The text is reproduced below to serve as an encouragement to the people behind it – contributors, photographers, BESG panel of technical advisors, visitors and more…

“To YC and the others helping to put together this site.

“Congratulations for the amount of work that you put in and the quality of the discussions. YC and I had a mutual friend (the late Professor Roland Sharma of the Zoology Department) and he knew that even more than 40 years ago I already had a strong interest in nature.

“Since retirement, I spend much time on various nature discussion sites, and I can say unequivocally that BESG is the best site that I visit, both locally and internationally.

“I know what is needed to put together a good publication, having been a professional journalist and editor for half my working life (I spent the other half in a more respectable job, as a car salesman).

“This BESG site is frequently updated. The information is either accurate or open-ended, meaning that discussion is invited. I commend the contributors for not being afraid to sometimes say that they do not know.

“And the tone of the arguments has (generally) been logical. The language used here is certainly of a higher order of civility and relevance than that used in the Straits Times Interactive On-line Forum.

“A site of such quality does not develop by itself without the efforts of people who not only have enthusiasm but also the right quality of thought.

“No wonder it has garnered over a million hits. Let’s look forward to the second million.

“Thanks again to the BESG Team.”

Note: I knew of Lee Chiu San by reputation as he used to write for the local Straits Times in his capacity as racing correspondent. Yes, we had a common friend in the late Roland Sharma of the then Zoology Department, National University of Singapore. Roland was heading the then Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch) as Chairman with me as Secretary. I lost contact with Chiu San until he started accessing this blog in 2009 and made a post. Then in the recent ORA dinner, I met him by chance after so many decades. YC

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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