31 Mar '11, 9pm

NEA advises against cemetery 'freelance contractors'

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will be distributing pamphlets to advise the public on maintenance for graves, to warn against "freelance contractors" who claim to do grass-cutting on graves when they have not done so. The agency - which will give out pamphlets at Choa Chu Kang cemetery - has been receiving feedback on such "gardeners" who approach family members for money when they visit the graveyard during the Qing Ming festival, which starts this month, even though they have not done any work. One woman said: "Some people will approach us and they say they are collecting money for grass cutting." The NEA does carry out regular grass-cutting services at cemeteries but it does not maintain carpet grass and flowering plants on the graves. Relatives can engage freelance gardeners or tombstone contractors to do this at a mutually-agreed price. But not many are that ke...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/Singaporeinbrief/EDC...

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