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NHB project to document Malay cemetery

Concern raised by heritage enthusiasts as tags spotted at graves

Published on Jan 4, 2014 8:47 AM
Tags and strings on the graves indicate that surveying works have taken place. It is slated to make way for residential development. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Tags and raffia string spotted across most of the 15,000 graves in Jalan Kubor, Singapore's oldest Malay cemetery, have sparked fear among heritage enthusiasts this week that the site may soon make way for redevelopment.

But the National Heritage Board (NHB) told The Straits Times yesterday the markers are part of a new research project to document the 33,900 sq m plot off Victoria Street.

Also, the Urban Redevelopment Authority's spokesman said a time frame for its development has "not been firmed up yet", although the site has been earmarked for residential development in its masterplans since 1998.

The research project, which started last month, will include a land survey of the site, which is about the size of five football fields, a research report on the cemetery's history, plus a database of photographic and research materials.

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