Some sacrifice needed for progress of country

Mr Anthony Oei raised the issue of the displacement of residents living in Thomson Road if the Cross Island MRT Line were to be realigned to skirt the road, rather than go under the MacRitchie forests ("Saving forests may uproot residents instead"; yesterday).

He highlighted the trauma of moving house, when families have lived in a place for a few generations.

I was part of the fourth generation who grew up in Cuppage Road (where Cuppage Terrace is now), where my great-grandparents and grandparents ran a chicken stall in the old Orchard Road Market.

My family lost not only our homes to shopping malls but also our business - not once, but twice - when our relocated stall in the new market was again demolished.

Similarly, a few generations of residents in kampungs in Woodlands and Chua Chu Kang and elsewhere were displaced in the name of progress.

Yes, the emotional cost is high, but we have learnt that some sacrifice is needed for the progress of the country.

Vicky Chong Cheng Yee (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'Some sacrifice needed for progress of country'. Print Edition | Subscribe