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Sun 05 Dec 2004
NSS' president Geh Min appointed a Nominated Member of Parliament
Category : marine
|What are some specific environmental issues you will raise?
"Protection of our marine areas. We don't have as much as Indonesia or the Philippines but what we have in terms of diversity of corals is five times that of the Caribbean and 25 times the Mediterranean."
"But this is not being protected in any systematic way. None of our marine areas is a designated nature reserve. Instead the priorities are shipping, the port, land reclamation and now using the sea as a landfill. All this is important but it should not be done at the expense of our marine biodiversity."
Read the Women in Focus feature, "Geh Min - Eye surgeon and Nature Society president Geh Min is one of nine fresh faces - and the only civil society activist - among the new Nominated MPs appointed by President S R Nathan on Monday [29 Nov 2004]. Interview by Laurel Teo. The Straits Times, 03 Dec 2004 [pdf].
See also the article written by Lydia Lim, Straits Times, 04 Aug 2000 when Geh Min first assumed the presidency of the Nature Society (Singapore) and the Q&A session in which she said "losing nature is worse than book burning".
Originally posted Sat 04 Dec 2004: 2:37am; year of 2000 article corrected.