TREE FALLS IN SG DOWN, BUT MAKING THE NEWS MORE OFTEN

Dear A.S.S. Editor

The Straits Times was an interesting read yesterday. On the one hand, they reported that Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee as saying the number of tree failures in Singapore has fallen three-fold since 2001.

In fact, the numbers given were there were 3,000 tree failures in 2001, but only 800 in 2016. Then, when you read further, there was this news about a tree that fell onto the road along Kaki Bukit Ave 1 on Monday. Luckily, no one was hurt in this incident. What was interesting was that about 20 people all helped to clear the tree off the road.

So, number of trees falling have dropped, but the trees that do fall in 2017 have all been making the news, for a fatality, an injury, and a kampung spirit. Wonder what to make of this.

Wong T A

A.S.S. Contributor

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