Dispute over key findings of Tengah environmental study

Ecologists disagree that the area's vegetation was mostly of 'low conservation significance'

About 150ha of forest from a 700ha site in Tengah have already been cleared as of Jan 1, 2019, according to calculations made by Mr David Tan, a research assistant at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
About 150ha of forest from a 700ha site in Tengah have already been cleared as of Jan 1, 2019, according to calculations made by Mr David Tan, a research assistant at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.PHOTO: COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA 2019, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Environmentalists are disputing the findings of another environmental study, this time calling on the Housing Board to make public the full report on Tengah, where secondary forests are being cleared for public housing.

But it appears that HDB has no intention of doing so. In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman would only say: "HDB has shared the key findings of the Tengah Environmental Baseline Study with you on Oct 29, 2018." She would not be drawn into stating why the report would not be made public.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'Dispute over key findings of Tengah environmental study'. Subscribe