Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Dead Don't Stand A Chance
And then there's the far fetch fantasy that "Under the bridge, eco-linkage can be maintained and wildlife in the area can continue to traverse between both sides of the road." Let's just say that heavy traffic on a dual four-lane expressway and the sanctuary of a quiet natural habitat are incompatible elements.
Untold to us is the Government's development plan for the area. Economic consideration has to be the driving force for the planners to "make the final call on the trade-offs between competing land needs". The dead must give way to the living where money matters are involved in the competition, such is the unbending rule of pragmatism. Sometimes it is easier to understand the truth, than trying to decipher the message behind a mountain of lies.
Compared to the leisurely time-table for the Hougang by-election or the COI for the SMRT debacles, the dead are given a shorter time-line: "All Affected Graves which are not claimed by 31st December 2012 will be exhumed in accordance with Government practice for unclaimed graves and the remains cremated individually." That has to be the ultimate insult to our glorious dead.