Well, as Tan Chuan-jin once said, not too long ago, in his inimitable in-your-face way, when responding to objections over Bukit Brown:
“Do you want me to look after our dead grandparents or do you want me to look after your grandchildren?”
My question to all Heritage conservation people:
Did you Vote for the PAP even after seeing so much destruction to our heritage under it the last decade or more? If you did, what the hell are you complaining about now?
But if you didn’t, well better start telling more people not to vote for them.
For let’s face it: the PAP understands only one language – the language of the vote. 2011 should have taught you this. And so did 2015 – look at what 70% of the vote has given them the power to do.
So, if you think you can issue statements and/or sit down with the govt and discuss things nicely and they will listen to you, I think you must be really naive. Either that, or you must be living under a rock.
So ya. Nothing’s gonna stop them destroying all our heritage – and then put up token relics to appease your useless anger.
Maybe in place of Ellison Building, they will retain a brick and make a show of how they are so so very serious about conservation and our heritage; and then you will be happy again, and we continue on this joyride every 5 years.
Andrew Loh is a veteran political observer and writer in Singapore. He co-founded The Online Citizen and currently manages Publichouse.sg.