Oh for goodness sake

From Channelnewsasia, 11 Jul

The Angsana tree in the middle of Braddell Road will be removed after all.
The tree had been preserved during road works in 2005, at a cost of S$200,000. A three-lane road had to be split to accommodate the tree.
But the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the tree has to go, as a safety measure.
Despite precautionary measures such as additional road markings and safety signs, many motorists still run the risk of collision as they ignore the 40 km/hour speed limit.

Do you know what $200,000 can do for needy folks? 400 families could have benefited from a $500 payout each, enough to buy school books, pay utility bills or just several weeks’ worth of decent meals.

Whose bright idea was it to save the tree anyway? Aren’t there older and more unique trees than this Angsana?

But horror of horrors, look what one ST Forum letter writer wrote:

I READ with dismay the report, ‘U-turn: End of the road for 80-year-old tree in Braddell’ (ST, July 12).
I would like to dissuade the Land Transport Authority and National Parks Board from taking down the tree. I hope there is still time to reverse the decision or at least open it up for further consideration.
I love that tree for being there. Located in the middle of the road, it makes Braddell Road different from all the others.
And for the few seconds that one passes under the tree, one can actually feel the cool difference under its wide branches.
The decision to keep the tree two years ago was a right one, a good one. Perhaps the effort to keep it there had not been recognised enough. But that doesn’t mean it was unappreciated.
Every time I get to drive down Braddell Road, I look forward to seeing this tree, sticking out in the middle of nowhere, allowed to live amid the advancing concrete jungle.
It is the same pleasure I get driving down Mount Pleasant Road, along parts of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, and Upper Thomson Road after Yio Chu Kang Road. It is a feeling I cannot put in words or quantify.
Lately, we have read so much about global warming and the effects of a thinning polar ice cap. Yet here we go again, chopping down another tree because motorists cannot learn to slow down.
You stop drink driving by educating people about the dangers, not by removing alcohol from the shelves.
In the same way, drivers have to be educated – to observe road signs, signals and rules.
A tree cannot walk to another spot. Humans can learn, can adapt.
Surely, Singaporeans are humans. Surely, we can learn to observe speed limits and put the foot on the brake pedal.
Educate drivers. Keep the tree.
Joanne Teo (Ms)

One can actually feel the cool difference under its wide branches? In a car with airconditioning? For all of the 1 second it takes to travel under the tree? Chop another tree down because motorists cannot slow down?

Hullo, why don’t we plant trees in the middle of the PIE or CTE? That’ll be a great way to get everyone to observe the speed limit yah?

Sheesh, I can’t believe which is more annoying. The obvious waste of $200k (that’s my fricking money LTA) or the mindblowing reasons people give to save that tree.

Look, I hated the building of the Braddell flyover. It expanded the roads which cut into the greenery surrounding my block and removed a critical overhead bridge. But there was nothing as stupid as saving that tree.

4 Replies to “Oh for goodness sake”

  1. LOL in the 20 years that i lived there (yes, Bishan is that old!) i never noticed the tree. Only after it got placed in the middle of the road.

    And what was the flyover for again? The jams i heard have gotten worse on Braddell Rd in the morning rush hour!

  2. Save the tree(s)! Save Darfur! Save Africa! Save the polar bears! Save Monoglian orphans! People should wake up and realise that they should start saving themselves from saving other people. ‘Look at me! I’m a college undergrad with a lot of free time and I’m gonna set up a stand in the middle of the campus so that I can rally people to save (insert name of country/cause)!!!’ For f*ck’s sake, grow up and get a real job.

    Speaking of jobs, the folks at LTA have obviously done theirs by budgeting $200,000 for that tree! Betcha by golly wow.

  3. Woah G man, that’s plenty of vitriol. Aiya, it’s not so much the fault of hippie-wannabe environmentalists, but poor thought processes on the part of the civil service.

    I mean, when it’s so easy to earn money (let’s calculate how fast an ERP gantry can suck money from our Cashcards in 10min…), it’s easy to spend money stupidly too.

    The worst incident is the destruction of the old National Library Building. I mean, the new Fort Canning tunnel does no good to anyone but lead them through the Orchard ERP gantry a bit faster!

    Heritage or money? The answer is clear.

    That’s why our kids are growing up with such skewed perspectives.

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