PM Lee responds to Singapore turtle museum owner’s FB appeal- here’s what we know about the unique attraction

What do you do when you’ve a terrific trigger in your arms however can’t transfer ahead since you’ve hit a roadblock?

Many individuals would have simply given up in despair, particularly in the event that they really feel they’ve exhausted all avenues solely to be rejected at each flip.

However not Ms Connie Tan, who runs the Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum in Singapore’s Chinese language Backyard.

Ms Connie Tan, proprietor of The Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum.
Lianhe Zaobao

The 17-year-old museum wants a brand new residence as its lease expires on March 31. There are not any plans to renew the web site’s lease due to deliberate improvement of the Jurong Lake District.

It didn’t matter that Ms Tan couldn’t attain larger authorities instantly, and had been turned down by at the least 4 authorities businesses who couldn’t assist her.

Pushed by a need to hold her beloved pets secure, the museum proprietor wrote an in depth and heartfelt plea to the chief of the nation, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The 47-year-old’s Fb submit shortly went viral, and it took the premier simply at some point to reply in the remark part.

Assuring Ms Tan that he had learn her submit, PM Lee wrote: “Please be assured that MND (Ministry of Nationwide Growth) and the businesses are trying into your case.”

It might have been a easy reply, however the PM’s response has allowed hundreds who learn about the museum’s plight to heave a sigh of reduction.

Based mostly on previous reviews in native media, listed below are some issues we know about the unique native attraction in the far west of Singapore.

Ms Tan began her unique turtle and tortoise attraction together with her father Danny Tan in 2001.

The Straits Instances

In a 2005 interview with The Sunday Instances, Mr Tan, who has since died, mentioned that his obsession with turtles and tortoises began in 1967.

By 2001, the father and daughter duo had already collected greater than 1,000 dwell turtles, tortoises and terrapins, which they stored in tanks and a pond.

The late Mr Danny Tan and his daughter Connie with their assortment of dwell and ceramic turtles and tortoises.
The Straits Instances

By 2005, they’d the world’s largest assortment of turtle- and tortoise-shaped artefacts – a feat which was recorded in the Guinness World Information.

Shin Min Each day Information

The report mentioned that the Tans had spent $600,000 on their complete assortment, which included three,000 artefacts.

The Straits Instances

In accordance to The Straits Instances, the museum homes more than 500 turtles, tortoises and terrapins immediately.

The Straits Instances

“They’re the most wonderful historical lifeform that’s nonetheless round immediately, and the design on the shell is just stunning,” Mr Tan was quoted as saying in 2005.

After beginning his assortment, the elder Tan realized that turtles and tortoises signify longevity and luck in Chinese language tradition.

The Straits Instances

The museum was initially situated at Neil Street, however moved to Chinese language Backyard due to excessive rents in the metropolis.

The Straits Instances

In 2009, 10 unique tortoises valued at $74,400 had been stolen from the museum, in what was the third case of theft there. The yr earlier than, 18 tortoises price greater than $80,000 had been additionally stolen. Happily, most of the stolen tortoises had been recovered with the assist of authorities.

4 years later nonetheless, an endangered star tortoise price $2,000 was once more taken from the museum. Two males had been charged in reference to the case.

CCTV footage displaying two males taking an endangered tortoise from the museum in 2013.
The Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum

By way of the years, the museum has not modified its admission charges. It opens each day from 9:30am to 6pm, and entry is priced at simply $5 for adults, and $three for senior residents and kids underneath six.

The Straits Instances

Ms Tan has insisted on protecting charges low as she needed the museum to be an accessible academic supply for youngsters in Singapore. The museum has even gone into the pink for a number of years, she mentioned.

The Straits Instances

Whereas the turtle museum is her ardour, The Straits Instances reported that Ms Tan’s major earnings truly comes from operating her household’s 60-year-old occasions firm.

However now, she plans to shut the firm down so she will be able to use the workplace house to quickly home the turtles earlier than a brand new house is discovered.

The Straits Instances


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