Next of kin opt for private exhumation of 27k graves

The phased exhumation exercise involving some 45,000 Chinese graves and 35,000 Muslim graves in Choa Chu Kang Cemetery (above) was first announced in 2017 by the Government as part of plans for the expansion of Tengah Air Base. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMA
The phased exhumation exercise involving some 45,000 Chinese graves and 35,000 Muslim graves in Choa Chu Kang Cemetery (above) was first announced in 2017 by the Government as part of plans for the expansion of Tengah Air Base. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

That is about 72% of Chinese graves in Choa Chu Kang Cemetery claimed as of June 23

The next of kin of those buried in close to 27,000 claimed Chinese graves at the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery engaged private exhumation contractors to retrieve the remains of their loved ones, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

That is about 72 per cent of the total 37,440 Chinese graves that have been claimed by the next of kin as of June 23, added the agency.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2020, with the headline 'Next of kin opt for private exhumation of 27k graves'. Print Edition | Subscribe