Friday, February 01, 2013
Leave them a blue sky
Some time ago, I wrote a blog piece jokingly suggesting that we change our name from the Lion City to the Crane City. Actually, I was lamenting the ugly fact that everywhere you turn in this country of ours, you find construction works and destruction of greenery. Of course, we all try to bear with it hoping in the back of our heads, that things would settle down. But with the publication of the government’s White Paper on Population, and the dreadful news that Singapore’s population could reach a suffocating 6.9 million, all such hopes have vanished. Crane City will apparently be a permanent label for this beautiful city I grew up in.
I really would like to urge our leaders to consider lowering that figure to, say, 5.3 million. We are already bursting at the seams. Please lah ..… Just dispel that option of a 6.9m scenario from your plans and go back to the drawing board. I have faith in you.
Frankly, I’d rather retire in some obscure town outside Singapore than to burden my children with another two decades of constant knocking down of perfectly good buildings, scrapping of cars that run perfectly, widening of roads everywhere; and noise and crowds and litter everywhere they turn. I want “leave them a blue sky”.
PS – I fully support the idea to have a referendum on this matter. I want to have a say.