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19th-century temple at risk of demolition

Mun San Fook Tuck Chee temple, built in 19th century, was a sanctuary for coolies

Published on Jan 26, 2014 8:33 AM
 

A Cantonese temple in Sims Drive that was built in the 19th century, is in danger of being bulldozed to make way for redevelopment.

Devotees who run the Mun San Fook Tuck Chee temple - a sanctuary for coolies during the colonial era - are worried because its Temporary Occupation Licence runs out in June this year.

Redevelopment plans for the area includes tearing down nearby blocks 57, 59 and 60 in the coming months as part of the Housing Board's Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme. The HDB has been issuing yearly licences to the temple since the expiry of its 30-year lease in 2009.

A HDB spokesman said they were issued "until the site is required for redevelopment together with the surrounding area".

 
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Background story

Historic landmark

"Let us stay. The temple represents the history of how life used to be like along the Kallang River. It serves as a landmark where youth can come by and learn about their heritage."

MR CHIN FOOK SIANG, temple chairman