'Fake' marble plaques used for 8,600 niches in Mount Vernon Columbarium relocation exercise

Suspicions were first raised in June 2018, when the family of the late Chua Whye Tau visited the relocated niche at the Choa Chu Kang Columbarium.
Suspicions were first raised in June 2018, when the family of the late Chua Whye Tau visited the relocated niche at the Choa Chu Kang Columbarium.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

SINGAPORE - Some next-of-kin promised marble plaques for new niches as part of the Mount Vernon Columbarium relocation exercise realised a similar looking material was used instead.

The Straits Times (ST) checked with the National Environment Agency (NEA) and learnt on Monday (Sept 24) that quartz was used for 8,600 niches when they were relocated to government columbaria at Mandai and Choa Chu Kang.

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