Interest group's hopes after Bukit Brown placed under World Monuments Watch
- POSTED: 10 Oct 2013 22:41
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With Singapore's Bukit Brown Cemetery now on the 2014 World Monuments Watch, an interest group hopes this will spur greater community interest and engagement in the site.
SINGAPORE: With Singapore's Bukit Brown Cemetery now on the 2014 World Monuments Watch, an interest group hopes this will spur greater community interest and engagement in the site.
The interest group, called All Things Bukit Brown, is keen to preserve the site's heritage and habitat.
The group also hopes that the cemetery being put on the Watch will encourage more discussions on a sustainable strategy for development.
The World Monuments Watch compiles cultural heritage sites threatened around the world, and All Things Bukit Brown had nominated the cemetery for the biennial listing.
The cemetery houses the graves of pioneering Chinese immigrants, but part of it will soon make way for a dual four-lane road meant to ease congestion.
Claire Leow, co-founder of All Things Bukit Brown, said: “It goes beyond what we’ve done for Bukit Brown; it’s more like what we can do for Singapore.
“We're very proud of this. We really hope that we're all pulling in the same direction, that with this listing we can also -- by shining international attention on Singapore -- help the bid for Botanic Gardens to get UNESCO listing, and of course eventually Bukit Brown as well, and hopefully other sites in Singapore as well."
She added: "I hope it shows that we are serious, that we want a seat at the table, just so we can present what we have heard from the community, what we have heard from the people who have encouraged us, and we can share their voices too.
“And hopefully that yes, you want development, but let’s have a discussion perhaps -- if we could contribute just a little part of that discussion, perhaps we can all have a more sustainable strategy for development."