Durian war on Pulau Ubin: Islanders and visitors clash over the spiky fruit

 Ubin residents like Mr Heng Buck Lim, 64, are concerned that people from mainland are coming to the island to take their durians from their trees, some of them to sell.
Ubin residents like Mr Heng Buck Lim, 64, are concerned that people from mainland are coming to the island to take their durians from their trees, some of them to sell.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Ubin residents like Madam Ong Lan Gui, 80, are unhappy that people from mainland are coming to the island to take their durians from their trees, some of them to sell.
Ubin residents like Madam Ong Lan Gui, 80, are unhappy that people from mainland are coming to the island to take their durians from their trees, some of them to sell. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
A small durian found in a Bukit Batok forest.
A small durian found in a Bukit Batok forest.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - It has been a thorny issue for years.

Whenever durians ripen twice a year on the island of Pulau Ubin, clashes would occur between its residents and visitors who go over to stake their claim on the king of fruits.

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