Permits & Passes
Monday with the Editor: Give what's left of our nature spots a break
weeks, Singaporeans have been turning up in droves to remote
parts of the island in search of nature's offerings.
Jawa's continued existence was threatened by the imminent
reclamation of Pulau Ubin, people were quick to pour out
their displeasure over the destruction of one of the few
remaining nature spots in Singapore.
of these same people have thronged Chek Jawa to such an
extent in the wake of the excitement that its very existence
has been threatened, so much so that the island's
authorities have had to set up a booking system to ensure
everyone gets a chance to visit Chek Jawa, and at the same
time, Chek Jawa gets to take a much needed rest from curious
hordes of people treading on its grounds.
the existence of a hot spring was reported in the local
newspapers recently, hundreds of health-seeking individuals,
of all ages, turned up in Sembawang, where the hot spring is
located, bringing along pails to take turns to bathe in its
got so bad, there was a long line of vehicles parked
illegally along the road leading to the hot spring. Also,
the number of people trampling on the grounds around the hot
spring, dirtying the place, shows the ugly side of the
Singaporean once again.
the hot spring has been around for the past 100* years! It is
said "Curiosity kills the cat". In this case, it
appears nature has taken a battering.
I am not
against the idea of partaking in the appreciation of
nature's offerings. What I regret is that in our mindless
drive to be the first there - whereever there may be - we
have unintentionally threatened what we hold so dear - the
few remaining nature spots in Singapore.
always have to be the first ones there? Do we have to make a
beeline for the newest shopping centre when it opens? Do we
have to be the first to get at the free textbooks laid out
for needy people? But that's the typical mindset of us
Singaporeans, me included!
possible for us to change? I don't think so. Many things
have been said of the ugly Singaporean. I need say no more.
when it comes to places, such as Chek Jawa and the hot
spring, which hang on a delicate balance, we Singaporeans
should take a step back and refrain from making that
mindless dash. If not for Chek Jawa or the hot spring, at
least do it for our future generations who may never get to
enjoy what we unwittingly may not pass on to
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