Home News Chee Soon Juan joins petition to save Bukit Batok Hillside Park

Chee Soon Juan joins petition to save Bukit Batok Hillside Park

Opposition SDP leader raises 3 reasons why the forest should not be cleared

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore — “I want to invite everyone, especially BB residents, to sign this petition that Jimmy Tan initiated. I also urge Mr Murali (Pillai) to do the same for BB residents’ sake,”  says Dr Chee Soon Juan about a petition to conserve Bukit Batok Hillside Park.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (Nov 26), the Secretary-General of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, said: “Several weeks ago, a BB resident, Mr Jimmy Tan, brought to my attention an issue that would have a profound impact on Bukit Batok and the rest of S’pore. It has to do with the clearing of the BB Hillside Park for development.”

Dr Chee raised three reasons against any clearing of the forest.

The first reason was health. He said: “More development means more people and more foreigners. This will add to an already stressful environment that worsens our mental health. Study after study show that improvement in health and lower mortality risk is proportionate to the amount of open green spaces. Also, people wedged in crowded estates have fewer friends, poorer community involvement, and less frequent contact with their neighbours than people who live in more spaced out environments.”

- Advertisement -

The second reason was that, by clearing the forest, the beauty of nature would be gone, and “in its place would be more concrete and HD blocks and car parks”.

The third reason cited by Dr Chee was that forests and greenery help to improve the quality of air and reduce temperatures. He said: “Higher temperatures lead to greater usage of air-conditioning adding to the climate crisis. With the development of Tengah and potential clearing of BB Hillside Park, the BB’s surface temperatures are set to rise.”

He urged Bukit Batok residents and Member of Parliament Murali Pillai, of the People’s Action Party, to sign the following petition, which was started by Mr Tan.

The petition is to help:

  • “Create awareness for more people about the need to conserve our fast-dwindling forested areas, which serve as a home for our flora and fauna, which we are all interdependent on.
  • “Ensure that we will not let another natural habitat disappear under our nose, and hopefully prevent future cases of deforestation and their negative consequences from happening.
  • “Advocate the need for creative solutions, such as considering brownfield sites and underutilised lands (such as golf courses, abandoned buildings awaiting redevelopment, etc.), as alternatives for housing development instead of sacrificing our endangered natural habitats.”

The petition was started three months ago and almost 6,000 people have signed it. /TISGFollow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Will voters’ views be considered in choosing the next 4G leader?

Singapore—The times, as the song goes, are a-changing. Or are they, really? A Reuters report weighed in on whether or not voters’ views would be taken into consideration in choosing the next leader of the People's Action Party's (PAP) fourth generation (4G)...

Netizens petition: ‘Say NO to Chan Chun Sing for PM!’

Singapore -- Since news broke last Thursday (April 8) that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat would step aside as leader of the People's Action Party's fourth-generation team, speculation has been rife amongst netizens as to who would be the next...

Covid-19 vaccinated migrant worker among 20 new cases in S’pore, first dorm case in 6 weeks

Singapore – One foreign worker in a dormitory who had already been vaccinated was among the 20 new Covid-19 cases reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Apr 11). The 23-year-old male Indian national, a work permit holder employed by...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent