A week ago, Mr. Eric Tan, Director of the National Archives of Singapore, explained that the archives have generously acceded to our requests for photographs to be published in our website, upcoming book and newsletter. This was not the full story.
Last year, we wrote in to the National Archives of Singapore, requesting them to sponsor photographs of the old Queenstown for our civic projects. However, one of the staff from the Archives, had reiterated that "we are currently not devoting any resources to the heritage of Queenstown." (See Attached) To our dismay, we approach the MP, Mr Baey Yam Keng, for help. After which, the National Archives acceded to our request and promise to support our activities.
This saga explains the difficulty of My Queenstown and other civic organisations in pursuing our goals and aspirations and it is impossible for us not to seek the magistrate for assistance.
Nevertheless, it is heartening to see Mr Eric Tan and his team assuring the public that they will collaborate with civic groups such as My Queenstown in the future to preserve our heritage and history.
This blog post is released to explain untruthful allegations pertaining the integrity of our society.
Kwek Li Yong
Editor of My Queenstown
SPH Article "Active Citizenry Needs Space to Find its Feet." (requires log in)