MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRESS RELEASE, 20 DECEMBER 2001:
DEFERMENT OF RECLAMATION WORKS AT TANJUNG CHEK JAWA

1 The Ministry of National Development (MND) has decided to defer the reclamation works at Tanjung Chek Jawa originally slated for end of 2001. This will allow MND to discuss with relevant experts on how best the marine life there can be protected. Chek Jawa is located at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin.

2 Groups and individuals with special interest in Tanjung Chek Jawa have given MND detailed and insightful feedback since the area was first brought to public attention at the URA Public Dialogue on the Concept Plan 2001 this year.

3 The decision to defer the reclamation works at Chek Jawa comes after MND has carefully considered all public submissions and also following extensive consultations among various government agencies including the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the National Parks Board (NParks), the Housing and Development Board. MND has also consulted with marine life experts from the National University of Singapore and other institutions and societies.

4 This afternoon, Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development, met with some representatives of nature and biodiversity groups and some members of public who have shown strong interest in protecting the marine life in this area. The meeting was called to discuss the best option to protect the marine life at Chek Jawa. More details will be announced later after studying the various options.

5 With the deferment of the reclamation works, the immediate need is to conserve biodiversity and prevent further deterioration of the mudflats and injury to the marine organisms. Hence, we wish to advise members of the public that there is no longer an urgent need to rush to visit Chek Jawa.

6 NParks will put in place a system to manage the flow of visitors during low tide. Visitors will be advised to keep to the designated routes and refrain from collecting any plants or animals. NParks is also exploring with nature and bio-diversity groups to provide guides. NParks will release more details at a later date.

7 We seek the co-operation of the public to protect the habitats and to ensure long-term enjoyment of this natural heritage.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:
Mr Soo Siew Keong, Assistant Director, Public Affairs/MND
Tel: 325 7222 or HP: 97700669

 

ISSUED BY
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
20 DECEMBER 2001

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