Little India's uniqueness cannot be displayed by mimicking others

Little India's unique flavour cannot be captured by mimicking other community landmarks in multicultural Singapore ("Little India needs sprucing up" by Mr Roy Goh Hin Soon; Dec 10).

Comparing it to Geylang Serai or Chinatown is taking a simplistic approach to the development of urban spaces that bear semblance to specific cultural identities, and can grossly do those spaces a marked disfavour.

Even the sense of being "disorganised" is purposefully preserved to hold semblance to the seeming disorderly order that is so distinctly Indian.

Thankfully, the Singapore Tourism Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority have not taken such an approach and instead have gently fused modern development with the old.

Isaac Bennett