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Government mulls paying tribute to Feng Fei Fei

TAIPEI--Premier Sean Chen said yesterday that he will ask the Government Information Office (GIO) to decide whether to honor late pop diva Feng Fei Fei with a citation or come up with other ways to recognize her contributions to pop culture.

Chen, who grew up with Feng's songs, said many of her classics have been by his side throughout his life, whether during his school days, later when he was working, or during his spare time.

Feng's death from lung cancer in Hong Kong on Jan. 3 was belatedly announced Monday. Her lawyer said he had complied with the wishes of the singer, who did not want to interfere with the festive Lunar New Year celebrations, which began on Jan. 23.

The 58-year-old singer who had a prolific career left a host of classic songs behind, including "I'm a Cloud," "When I Hear Your Applause," and "Chasing Dreams."

GIO Director-General Philip Yang said the office has contacted people in pop music and entertainment circles to promise maximum support if they want to stage memorial activities for Feng.

Staffers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said they admired the singer's posthumous low-key style.

They said that on Feb. 11, when Feng's only son took his mother's cremated ashes back to Taiwan from Hong Kong, no one noticed because Feng's real name was Lin Chiu-luan.

One airport worker said she was sad and surprised but also lauded Feng for having been so considerate to others and for not wanting to disturb them even after her death.

Even Feng's brother and many of her relatives in Taipei and her birthplace Dasi in Taoyuan County did not know of her death until Monday.

Meanwhile, the head of Dasi Township said he hoped to apply to the Taoyuan County government to set up a "Feng Fei Fei Memorial Hall."

The Dasi Township Office had originally planned to invite Feng to serve as a spokesperson in a contest sponsored by the Tourism Bureau to choose Taiwan's 10 top tourism towns, and her death came as a shock.

Many of Feng's fans flocked to the temple where Feng's ashes are being kept yesterday to pay their respects, with some weeping.

Taoyuan County Magistrate Wu Chih-yang said Feng would be an unforgettable star, and her choice of Dasi as her resting place showed her attachment to her birthplace.

Wu said he would plan a memorial concert for Feng and a statue of her at a town park, and he would also work with Feng's family members and the Dasi Township office to promote a "Feng Fei fei Memorial Park" so that the singer known for her signature hats could be with her family, fans and friends in various forms.

He noted, however, that Feng's family members have kept a low profile and have yet to express their wishes.

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