WHY THE UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD FOR RELIGIOUS LAND TENDER EXERCISE?

ALTHOUGH the future residents of Fernvale Lea are upset about not being told that a columbarium would be built next to their flats, it was not possible for the Housing Board to have informed them in advance (“Residents surprised by columbarium plan”; Dec 30).

The Build-to-Order sale exercise was launched in 2013 while the tender for the land where the Chinese temple will be sited was held last year.

It is interesting that the winning bid came from funeral services company Life Corporation, while the other two bidders were religious organisations.

Commercial public-listed entities may have greater financial means to put in higher bids than religious groups. The authorities need to reconsider allowing commercially driven entities to participate in tender exercises for sites zoned for religious use.

Goh Ee Ca (Ms)

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