06 Jun '11, 2am

People's safety top priority, says Vivian Balakrishnan

People's safety top priority, says Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan at Tanglin Market Place, where part of the ceiling collapsed, during his visit to Tanglin Mall. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM MINISTER for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan toured flood-hit areas such as Tanglin Mall and spoke at a press conference on Sunday. This is an edited transcript of his comments: 'I want to make points in five areas: One, has the weather changed? Two, do our planning norms need to be modified? Three, safety. Four, roads, and five, buildings. The first question, has the weather changed? This is not an easy question to answer from a scientific point of view. It will require long-term analysis but, as far as the operational aspect goes, we can't wait for the answer to be finalised. But as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to work on the presumption that our weather has c...

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