Photo credit: Mandai Park Holdings

Netizens torn over upcoming eco-tourism hub

Will the plan for Mandai be good for the environment?

Audrey Leong

Published: 20 January 2017, 12:00 AM

On Jan 16, it was announced that a large part of Mandai would be redeveloped into a brand new eco-tourism hub.

This sparked off debate online as to whether the hub would actually bring more good or harm to the area.

What’s going on?

Due to open in 2020, the upcoming Mandai rejuvenation project will see a relocation of Jurong Bird Park and a development of a Rainforest Park, in the same area that currently houses the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari.

The parks will be home to various species of endangered animals, and the brand new Rainforest Park hopes to bring visitors on a journey through Southeast Asian biodiversity.


The eco-tourism hub will encompass the area occupied by the zoo, river safari, and night safari.
Photo credit: Singapore attractions


Over 5.4 million more visitors are expected to visit the parks each year and the developers hope to create thousands of jobs in conservation and hospitality through the parks.

Many netizens are optimistic, saying that the proposed plans will be an exciting addition to Singapore’s landscape. Some are excited about the eco-hotel that will be built, and hope that this will give visitors an immersive experience with nature.


Netizens anticipating the park’s opening already want to take their children there.


Megan Cheah, 20, is most excited about the Rainforest Park’s aerial walkway, which will allow her to walk amongst orangutans. The writer said: ”I really can’t wait for the area to grow. It’s a great way to get Singaporeans out of their houses and into nature, and it’ll be doing its part for the environment as well.”

On the other hand however, some Singaporeans are saying that the new development fails to consider the forest that will have to be cleared to begin construction. Others found it ironic that trees and forests were going to be cleared in order to build an area to protect and conserve flora and fauna.


Some netizens felt that the area should be left alone.


Sheila Hong, 19, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic student, asked: ”While I understand that it’s great for job prospects, is there going to be any inch of Singapore left that’s not touched by human hands?

”Why can’t we just protect what mother nature left for us?”

What’s your take?

1. Are you looking forward to the new Mandai eco-tourism hub, or would you rather the place be left alone? Why?

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