LKY: Part of Mandai won't house people

CONTINUING TRADITION: Mr Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree at Farrer Circus 50 years ago. Yesterday, he planted a rain tree at Holland Village Park and launched the 1963 Commemorative Tree Planting project, in which 1,963 trees will be planted across Singapore.


    Jun 17, 2013

    LKY: Part of Mandai won't house people

    THE Government will prevent a part of Mandai from becoming a human habitat, said former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew yesterday.

    "That's about all we can do," he said, when asked for his views on the rise in human-animal conflicts due to people being closer to nature and more natural areas being conserved.

    Mr Lee was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the 1963 Commemorative Tree Planting project at Holland Village Park, where he also planted a rain tree.

    The project by the National Parks Board and its charity, the Garden City Fund, will involve the public planting 1,963 trees across Singapore.

    The park was chosen for its proximity to Farrer Circus, where Mr Lee planted a Mempat tree 50 years ago, starting the islandwide movement to green Singapore that has continued until today.

    Mr Lee, who turns 90 in September, also noted yesterday that "if you take away all the trees...we'll have a darker and uglier Singapore".