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Singapore to keep its green spaces as city develops: PM Lee

Singapore may not be able to have large parks all over the island nor can it afford to preserve every single green area.

However, Singapore is determined to keep its green lungs and natural spaces as the city develops, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of the Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum on Saturday morning.

He gave the assurance that Singaporeans will always be in touch with nature.

In his speech, Mr Lee also announced a new nature way that will connect the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment nature reserves with the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI) live-firing area.

The Tengah Nature Way will be launched early next year.

The nature way of nearly 13 kilometres will run along Bukit Batok estate, including Bukit Batok West Ave 2, 3 and 5, and through old Jurong Road.

It will be the fifth nature way to be built.

The other nature ways are at Admiralty, Kheam Hock, Tampines and Yishun.

Mr Lee said plants will be specially chosen to complement the natural forest on both ends.

Special efforts will also be made to attract birds, butterflies and other animals.

In addition, plans for the Tengah Nature Way will involve the community.

It will be a joint effort between the National Parks Board (NParks) and South West Community Development Council, and will involve grassroots organisations, schools and residents.

Mr Lee said as the government does its part, everyone must preserve and protect the environment and he is glad that the spirit of volunteerism is thriving.

NParks has attracted more than 1,000 active volunteers this year, a quarter more than last year.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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