SINGAPORE - The Government wants the committee in charge of conceptualising a memorial to honour Singapore's founders to consult the public and get views from Singaporeans on the two possible sites for the memorial before making a final decision.
It said this in a statement on Thursday (March 17) in response to the initial report of the 15-member Founders' Memorial Committee, which was submitted to the government about a fortnight ago.
The committee, formed in June last year and whose work has included a series of public dialogues and a survey, made recommendations on two possible sites for a memorial: Fort Canning Park and Bay East Garden at Gardens by the Bay.
Of the two sites it identified in consultation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the committee had a "clear preference" for the Gardens by the Bay site, which sits on reclaimed land and is adjacent to the Marina Bay Golf Course.
In its statement on Thursday, the Government thanked the committee for its work in consulting Singaporeans, and welcomed the engagement findings and recommendations that it made.
It noted that the committee explored two possible locations as well as the committee's recommendation that the Bay East Garden provides a better setting to recall how the values and principles of Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team have shaped the Singapore story and inspire future generations of Singaporeans to build on their achievements.
"As the Founders' Memorial will be an important landmark that will leave long lasting impact, the Government would like the Committee to consult the public and allow Singaporeans to share their views on the two site options before making a final decision," said the statement issued by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youths.
" Singaporeans can look forward to more opportunities to be involved along the entire process - from the design to the construction of the Memorial."
The Government also thanks all those who took part in committee's various engagement sessions and provided feedback and hoped that the public will continue supporting the committee's work by sharing their views through the foundersmemorial.sg website.