askST: What's the controversy behind sea burials?

As people voice mixed feelings about facility's location, NEA says it is not in recreational area

The site of the proposed sea burial facility is across the canal from where the excavator is and is near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The area is covered by dense undergrowth and the coastline there is also not planned for recreational purposes.
The site of the proposed sea burial facility is across the canal from where the excavator is and is near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The area is covered by dense undergrowth and the coastline there is also not planned for recreational purposes.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

People reacted with mixed feelings when the National Environment Agency (NEA) said a new facility will be built on the Tanah Merah coastline for the scattering of human ashes.

The proposed site is south of the busy Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Changi Naval Base, but close to recreational areas to their west.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Sea burials: What the controversy is all about'. Subscribe