SINGAPORE - About $2.1 million in public funds will be spent on maintenance and restoration works for 12 national monuments this year.
The amount will be disbursed through the National Monuments Fund, the National Heritage Board said on Thursday (July 26).
About $2 million will be used to co-fund restoration works and $113,000 will be used to co-fund maintenance works of the monuments.
One of the monuments to benefit is the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.
Said Mr Rajan Krishnan, chairman of the temple's redevelopment committee: "This funding... is a good example of the partnership between the... National Heritage Board and the Hindu Endowments Board in ensuring that the heritage we have inherited will be passed on to our future generations in a pristine condition."
The other 11 recipients are Al-Abrar Mosque, Armenian Church of St Gregory, Chesed-El Synagogue, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Church of St Teresa, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, Maghain Aboth Synagogue, St George's Church, St Joseph's Church and Thian Hock Keng.
A component of the National Monuments Fund introduced in 2016, called the Maintenance Fund, was also enhanced.
It now covers the maintenance of vegetation around national monuments. St Joseph's Church will be the first national monument to utilise the fund for this.
To date, 72 structures have been gazetted as national monuments in Singapore. Of these, 31 are run by non-profit or religious organisations that are eligible to apply for funding under the National Monuments Fund.
A total of 27 monuments have benefited from the fund since it was introduced in 2008.