Inspiration from God
“Architecture is not just fine lines but an inspiration from God.”- Sunflower Chong
Singapore Management University - A proposal specially prepared for DPM Lee Hsien Loong.
SMU is a business university but Singapore needed an Art University, even if I could not get what I wanted I strongly believed my concept proposal will influence their thinking and planning.
The staff told me not to waste my time and money because when it was the government plan it was set in a rock and no one can change it except Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. They asked me,"Is your name Lee Kuan Yew?” I said no Ms Chong Sun Wah but I believed the government was not maximizing SMU site potentials and I truly believed that an Art University will serve the nation better because there will be more caring citizens and Singapore badly needed them and art is the way to fulfill such aspirations. I never forget what my ex-principal Mrs Yeo Lai Cheng said, “One day Singapore needs the people with LOVE and not only paper qualifications.”
I told the civil servants that man makes the plan and they can change it too, so it was not set in stone. What was set in stone was the old mindset of the civil servants! Through my proposals, I hope to change all that and I had even bought a sculpture “The Flying Golden Deer” made by Brother Joseph McNally to bless SMU with the hope that the students will give back to society. Spiritual people think like that, but in the capitalist world they called people like me ‘stupid’. I have this belief that the business students if you do not drum into their brains that they have to give back they thought that their intelligence is only to help them make more money. We need to bring the awareness that their intelligence is to build a better society.