Govt will do more to continue to invest in parks, says Khaw

Singapore National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has said that his ministry will do more to continue to invest in parks.

In his latest blog post, he wrote that parks add to the quality of life, promotes healthy living and community bonding.

Mr Khaw pointed to two big projects – the Rail Corridor and the 150 kilometre-long Round Island Route which will link up the country’s major natural, cultural and historical attractions.

But with such investments, Mr Khaw urged the community to play its part in taking ownership of public spaces.

He cited parks in Australia, Japan and Korea, which Mr Khaw described as being “wonderfully clean” and not because they have “foreign cleaners to pick up litter”.

“The users do not litter in the first place. Park users take their rubbish with them as they leave. Pets are leashed and the owners (clean up after their pets). Many Singaporeans are picking up such good habits… But I think we are still not yet at the level of the Aussies, Koreans or Japanese,” he said.

At the Woodlands Waterfront Jetty, NParks is working with regular anglers to self-police, and get all to adopt the correct way of preparing live bait.

Mr Khaw said this will then make the ban on live bait, which was imposed because of the mess left by anglers, unnecessary and irrelevant.

The move comes after resident and fishing enthusiast Mr Abdul Rashid emailed his Member of Parliament to lobby against the ban.

To submit ideas on how to keep parks here world class, go to NParks Facebook page at

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 14 Mar 2012

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