Welcome Address by Dr Tan Wee Kiat, CEO, NParks, at the Official Launch of the Gardens by the Bay International Design Competition
20 Jan 2006
Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development;
Ladies and gentlemen.
I am delighted to welcome all of you this morning to mark a major new step forward in the National Parks Board?s continuing effort to enhance the quality of life in Singapore.
Singapore?s plan to create three new gardens on some of the choicest waterfront properties at Marina Bay was highlighted by Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally address last August. Prime Minister mentioned that the Marina Bay area has good feng shui, with high ground rising to Fort Canning at the back and water in front of the new developments. Indeed, the Gardens by the Bay will help to capture the essence of Singapore in its rise to the fore as the premier tropical City in a Garden.
These Gardens will add further dimension to Singapore?s landscape and lifestyle. Last July, at the soft launch of the National Library, my friend Ms Lim Soo Hoon, chairman of NLB, quoted in her speech the ancient Roman statesman and scholar Cicero, who said: ?If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.? Well, Singapore will soon have magnificent new gardens to add to its new world-class library.
The National Parks Board intends to engage the top talents at home and abroad to create a unique series of waterfront gardens that will help define the Singapore of the future. These gardens will be legacy for all Singaporeans and their guests to our shores, nurturing body and soul even as the library feeds the mind.
This morning, after months of preparation, we are ready to release details of an international design competition, which will bring to bear the best talent and skill the world has to offer towards the creation of these new Gardens. We are honoured to have with us today Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development, to launch this competition.