A bid farewell to Singapore's open source advocate
He wasn't one who went with the flow, and was widely regarded as an outspoken advocate of the open source movement in Singapore. Cheok Beng Teck, CIO of the country's Ministry of Defense (Mindef), chartered the way that saw the government body embrace--almost unabashedly--an open source strategy that few in the public sector would have been as comfortable adopting.
Sadly, Cheok passed away last Sunday, apparently after suffering a heart attack whilst trekking on a mountain in China. He had only recently retired, making his sudden demise all the more poignant. He was 52.
Under Cheok's guidance, Mindef became synonymous with open source, whether it had intended to be or not, and an agency that was at the forefront of testing and adopting new technology.