Heritage of Bukit Brown Cemetery to be recorded: Tan Chuan-Jin



Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin today said that graves at the Bukit Brown cemetery will be documented before they are exhumed in late 2012. The Straits Times reports.

Heritage of Bukit Brown Cemetery to be recorded: Tan Chuan-Jin

Graves at the Bukit Brown Cemetery will be documented to capture their history and heritage before they are exhumed to make way for a new road, which will be part of the future Bukit Brown new town.

An advisory committee, comprising key stakeholders and representatives from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Land Transport Authority and the National Heritage Board will guide and provide advice during the documentation process. A working committee led by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies fellow and coordinator of the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, Dr Hui Yew-Foong, will carry out the documentation work.

Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin said, ‘We are aware of the rich heritage of Bukit Brown and its links to the history of our country. We have sought to explore various possibilities for the road but there were no easy choices…. We aim to properly capture the history and memories of the affected graves and to do this before the planned road development begins.’

About 5 per cent of the more than 100,000 graves at the cemetery will be exhumed. Graves will first be identified and the affected graves registered. Exhumation is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Image taken from j u s t i n . z


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