The biggest news in Singapore last week was the death of Ah Meng, the orangutan. The Singapore Zoo’s most famous star died of old age on 8 February 2008. Ah Meng was a tourism icon of Singapore and much loved by all Singaporeans.
Non-Singaporeans will probably wonder what all the fuzz is about. You have to understand what an ambassador Ah Meng was for Singapore. Kids, including me, read about Ah Meng in primary school. The “Breakfast with an Orangutan,” program at the zoo was a favorite of many people and Ah Meng had breakfast with everyone from Michael Jackson to Prince Philip of England. Her death was truly a sad moment for Singapore.
Goodbye Ah Meng!