The Price of Economic Growth & Expansion ?

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On the 30th August 2009, I went on a photojournalistic walkabout with my LG Photobloggers Chester & Clayton, visiting Kampung Lorong Buangkok, the last surviving kampung (village) in modern Singapore. While we had our fun taking photos and capturing them in memories, do drop by my Flickr to view more phoots of Kampung Lorong Buangkok, we were experiencing the peace and tranquility of the Kampung spirit, the community feeling in the midst of a very fast paced Singapore.

We asked ourselves, how long more can they last before the needs and demands of modern Singapore’s economic growth and population expansion requires them to be cleared for building high rise public housing, private estates or factories ? Chester’s blog post invoked the same feelings too ….. To some people, it is just another village or kampung, different generations from different eras probably would have mixed reactions, for the older generations, they would love to preserve the heritage to be part of continuing education for the future generation. For the younger generations who did not experience kampung/village life, they might not appreciate it that much as their forefathers, nevertheless, there are still younger generations that would make the effort to understand and preserve the heritage.

For us, we are kind of a bit of a sandwiched generation, mid 30s, experienced the economic growth and expansion with capitalism, transforming Singapore into a modern metropolis. My kampung experiences was in Malaysia, whereby my grandmother and relatives lived, and I had fun times there, the days of play and no worries, troubles and pressures. As much as I understood the need to grow, expand, increasing knowledge and higher education, the balance of growth versus preservation had never became more difficult over recent years.

This situation is not just faced by Singapore alone, this issue had been faced by many countries, old buildings and places were removed to make way for modern complexes, some inevitable, some can still be preserved. At what price of economic growth and expansion that our heritage is lost forever except in photographs and books?

There is definitely a need to grow and expand, for the better. However, we need to strike a balance between heritage and cultural preservation and growing bigger and stronger for our future generation. This is the biggest challenge.

6 thoughts on “The Price of Economic Growth & Expansion ?

  • September 3, 2009 at 9:00 am
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    I went there before that day.. It’s a pity that this kampung’s gonna be demolished.. I strongly disagree with the decision and believe that this last village should be preserved and let the villagers stay in their home and land..

    I have a feeling though that the land owner is willing to sell the government this land at the price they were offered. Too bad..

  • September 3, 2009 at 10:59 am
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    the human race is always developing.. causing more and more damage to the nature.. i prefer the heritage to be available rather than looking at them thru pictures..

  • September 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm
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    A very good question to all of us, and all government.

    We always want more, and want own all of good things, But we must have a right choice.

  • September 5, 2009 at 1:04 am
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    Hi Cashmere

    Agreed with you on the points you brought up, they should be preserved for future generations.

    Well, as for negotiations, it would probably be P&C.

  • September 5, 2009 at 1:06 am
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    Hi kenwooi

    Yes, agreed, the pace of development is very fast, if we do not take care, we would lose our heritage and history.

    Let’s all do something to preserve a piece of history for future generations !

  • September 5, 2009 at 1:07 am
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    Hi iWalk

    Yes ….. the million dollar question, how to strike a right balance ?

    Well, everyone of us still has a lot to work on !

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