The news that an estimated 5 percent of the more than 100,000 graves in Bukit Brown Cemetery may need to be exhumed to make way for a new dual four-lane road had REACH contributors buzzing. Overall, many express support for the exercise, opining that while the cemetery has historical value, as a society we should look forward instead of living in the past. Others, however, lament that so much of our heritage and culture is being compromised in the name of progress. They express the hope that parts of the cemetery will be preserved for historical and educational purposes. Several hence welcome the subsequent announcement by Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin that the history and memories of the affected graves will be properly documented before the planned road development begins.
Here we bring you URA and LTA’s news release explaining the need for the exhumation, as well as well as how the Government is engaging stakeholders to meaningfully capture the history and heritage of the graves which will be affected.
to read the news release.