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Oxley Road: Issues of national heritage need to be considered, say MPs

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When it comes to decisions about 38, Oxley Road, more emotional aspects of heritage and memory will also have to be taken into account by the ministerial committee, said Nominated MP Kok Heng Leun in Parliament on Monday (July 3).

[SINGAPORE] When it comes to decisions about 38, Oxley Road, more emotional aspects of heritage and memory will also have to be taken into account by the ministerial committee, said Nominated MP Kok Heng Leun in Parliament on Monday (July 3).

"The loss of our national heritage, whether the National Library, National Theatre, dragon playground or the Bukit Brown cemetery can be very emotional, affecting not just the minds, but the heart and soul of the people involved," said Mr Kok, noting that past decisions had often favoured pragmatism over idealism, and society simply had to accept them and move on.

Thus, he was "very glad" to hear Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean's acknowledgement in his statement on the ministerial committee that the Government may have been overzealous in demolishing buildings and carrying out development works in the past.

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