Petition: SOS Bukit Brown
Welcome to SOS Bukit Brown – Save Our Singapore.
Bukit Brown Cemetery is one of our last direct links to our pioneer generation, and the last place ordinary Singaporeans can collectively venerate our forefathers. It is a space where families can visit loved ones buried in its grounds, and conduct traditional rituals to respect and honour them. The mere documentation of exhumed and destroyed tombs alone cannot do justice to the rich cultural and ecological value of the physical place.
Bukit Brown Cemetery is a 200-hectare green lung which serves as a carbon sink, a natural air-conditioning and rainfall sponge for the whole of Singapore. We believe that building a major road through Bukit Brown will destroy its serenity and endanger the wildlife there – 86 bird species, 12 of which are already critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. The greenery and biodiversity of Bukit Brown is necessary for a sustainable Singapore.
With 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China. With minimal capital input, it can be turned into a heritage park that includes a museum detailing the lives of our forefathers and guides providing tours of its magnificent 200-hectare landscape. We call upon the authorities to envision creative ways of preserving Bukit Brown as a national asset that benefits all of Singapore – a space for our past, present and future.
In our petition, we call upon the Singapore Government to fully reconsider its development plans for Bukit Brown Cemetery. We believe that building a road through the cemetery in 2012 marks the first step towards the destruction of the entire area. We thus urge the government to save Bukit Brown 100 per cent.
This is the petition
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