Quote from “Negotiating Conceptions of ‘Sacred Space’: A Case Study of Religious Buildings in Singapore by Lily Kong
In the case of a Chinese temple, the Tang Suahn Kiong San Soh Hoo Chu Buddhist Temple, previously in Henderson Road, the site was required for a swimming pool to be built by the HDB as part of the Bukit Merah Town Centre development project. The Gazette notification for acquiring the temple site was made in April 1973 and the site was acquired in April 1975 at a compensation payment of S$184,000. The HDB repeatedly made offers to the trustees to combine with other similar resettlement cases to build a new temple on sites offered by the Board. However, by January 1978, the trustees of the 120-year old temple were still insisting on the retention of the temple at the existing site. Their argument was that the temple was very popular with worshippers and was full of valuable artifacts which they felt should be preserved. The HDB, on the other hand, felt that the geographical location of the temple was highly undesirable because the surrounding land averaged eight to ten metres higher. It was also argued that the temple’s artifacts could be removed and preserved at another site and not destroyed with the shell of the temple, “which is a simple brick structure” (quoted in The Straits Times, 7 January 1978). Despite the arguments put up by the temple trustees and their initial refusal to move, they still had to vacate the premises eventually because the Land Acquisition Act (1966) was invoked.
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol. 18, No. 3 (1993), pp. 342-358
Chong Yee Temple, Kuan Kong statuette originating from same mother temple of Tang Suahn Kiong San Soh Hoo Chu Buddhist Temple – see http://www.facebook.com/pages/%E8%90%AC%E5%9C%8B%E5%B1%B1%E5%BF%A0%E7%BE%A9%E5%BB%9F-Chong-Yee-Temple-/214478395291834?sk=info
Chong Yee Temple photo album – http://s1285.beta.photobucket.com/user/rudolfin2/story/17451