GOVT TO EXHUME 80,000 GRAVES FOR MORE LAND SPACE

Dear A.S.S. Editor

80,000 graves will have to be exhumed from the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery in order to expand Tengah Air Base. It will also acquire land occupied by fish farms and a nursery on Murai Farmway. Tengah Air Base is expanding to accommodate some of the assets and facilities from Paya Lebar Airbase.

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Paya Lebar Airbase, in turn, will make way the earliest by 2030 to free up 800 ha of space that is expected to be used to build homes, offices, factories and parks. The authorities also said that 45,500 Chinese graves and 35,000 Muslim graves will need to be exhumed. Of these, claims and registration for 45,000 Chinese and 5,000 Muslim graves which have met the minimum burial period of 15 years will begin in September this year, they added. These graves take up 100 ha of land. Which also means that about 30,000 Muslim graves scheduled to be exhumed have not yet met the minimum 15 years burial period.

Apart from the dead losing their resting place, some farms, and with it, living areas of owners of the farm have been earmarked for acquisition too. These farms have been served notice by SLA, and have 1.5 years to move out, although SLA have stated that the moving out period is flexible based on needs.

Singapore really running out of space to accommodate projected rising population, that government now have no choice but to acquire cemeteries to add to the land mass.

Ezhar Rosli

A.S.S. Contributor

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