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Sun 14 Dec 2003

Under Seige in Ubin

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I had to ditch two rides this weekend - Biker Boey's Night Round Island Cycling on Sat night - Sun morning and Dr William Tan's fund raising wheelchair ride on Sunday. The latter finished just before sunset after a ride that LTM said was full of "drizzle, pour, chilly cold winds, [and] half-dead sunshine".

Instead I was busy assessing Pedal Ubin guides. Riding around Ubin, I felt a great loss - the way to Aik Hwa Quarry is now signposted as off limits (OBS land). Several plots of land in the south and north are fenced off - allocated to uniformed groups, though some have been unused for more than a year! At Noordin you can see the barrier fence in the sea.

It is fortunate we conducted introductory nature walk and rides in Ubin from 1990 wheen it was more free-spirited. But I remember the shocked silence with which the "Journey to the East" riders greeted the scene of the flattened Malay kampung in south-east Ubin, in July 2001.

But shrugging off these thoughts, there's still lots left which many appear to be unaware about. So more than 20 of us are working towards introducing the heritage that's still around via Pedal Ubin. We decided to join forces and launch this during Ubin Daze 2004. Very cleverly, they hold this during the Good Friday weekend every year, as it invariably begins on a Friday!

It will be an enjoyable introduction to many visitors. Even for us as well; for even today we enjoyed conversations with the people there and saw two pairs of the resident hornbills!

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