Plans to exhume grave on hold after details of occupant surface

The small building housing the pre-World War II grave of a Muslim woman named Syarifah Zainah Alhabshi. The building is partially embedded in the wall of a warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane, near Kallang River. The initial plan was to exhume the grave a
The small building housing the pre-World War II grave of a Muslim woman named Syarifah Zainah Alhabshi. The building is partially embedded in the wall of a warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane, near Kallang River. The initial plan was to exhume the grave and move the remains to the Pusara Abadi Muslim cemetery in Lim Chu Kang yesterday or thereafter. But after receiving feedback on the grave, the authorities are studying the matter further.PHOTO: MOHAMED FAIZAL, KHALID BABA
The small building housing the pre-World War II grave of a Muslim woman named Syarifah Zainah Alhabshi. The building is partially embedded in the wall of a warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane, near Kallang River. The initial plan was to exhume the grave a
The small building housing the pre-World War II grave of a Muslim woman named Syarifah Zainah Alhabshi. The building is partially embedded in the wall of a warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane, near Kallang River. The initial plan was to exhume the grave and move the remains to the Pusara Abadi Muslim cemetery in Lim Chu Kang yesterday or thereafter. But after receiving feedback on the grave, the authorities are studying the matter further.PHOTO: MOHAMED FAIZAL, KHALID BABA

Research so far has found that she was descendant of renowned healer and related to esteemed Arab families

A small building, partially embedded in the wall of a warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane, has for decades housed the grave of a Muslim woman named Syarifah Zainah Alhabshi, according to a government record. The authorities had initially slated the pre-World War II grave for exhumation, based on an on-site notice from March 9.

The exhumation was planned as part of the handover of the land, near Kallang River, from a government agency to the state. But exhumation plans have been put on hold after members of the heritage community dug around to find out the significance of the grave.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2019, with the headline 'Plans to exhume grave on hold after details of occupant surface'. Print Edition | Subscribe