The Old and New: Yang Dan Xu0
Jun 3, 2012
亦新亦旧 by 杨丹旭
Jun 3, 2012
The Old and New by Yang Dan Xu
15,000 housing units, that is the equivalent to 40% of Toa Payoh Housing Estate, enough to house 50,000 people.
This kind of development potential for Bukit Brown for a land scarity Singapore is difficult to say no. But after the Bukit Brown issue has been brought to the public attention a year ago, except for documentation of the affected graves and uploading of the grave data onto a digital map, it looks as if we have not seen actual steps taken to protect the history and cultural value of this cemetery of pioneers.
What is perhaps more surprising is that National Heritage Board, that is tasked with protecting and preservation of our heritage, is conspicuously silent on its position on the value of the heritage of Bukit Brown.
The tussle between the old and the new for the future development for Singapore will always be a continuous issue. Can the civic society groups which has played a role to a certain extent in the Bukit Brown issue, play a role in similar future situations? If there were no voices from the public, can the policy makers make a conscious effort to take things into consideration without ignoring the people’ voice? All these are extremely important issues for the preservation of Singapore cultural heritage.
For a nation with a short developmental history of 200 years, the word history perhaps seem too heavy. But whatever is the base in the flow of history, a short history that is treasured can precipitate and accumulate, whereas on the otherhand, a long period of history if unappreciated will disappear one day.