A STOMPer would like to warn fellow STOMPers about the potential dangers at Clarke Quay.
In an email to STOMP today (Mar 12), the STOMPer says:
"This tree planted at Clarke Quay near the Singapore River is full of sharp thorns on its stem. Trees are an allurement to young children and if during a session of fun and frolic, one of them were to knock his/her head on the stem, he could suffer severe cuts on his head even if he does not go blind.
"Children by reason of their physical and mental immaturity need special care, including legal protection.
"If NParks were to plant a bush with poisonous berries in a public walkway or a park, it should fence it off in case the children visiting the park are tempted to eat the berries.
"NParks should always be aware of its legal liability in planting these dangerous trees in a public place.
"One of the photos below shows the exit to the Singapore River. It is meant for passengers who are going for a ride on the river cruise. In the day, it is not used and there is no chain or barrier to keep young children off. If a child were to fall into the river he could be drowned as the water here is about two metres deep. This exit is near the Alkaff Bridge.
"In another photo below, you will see the broken walkway at the edge of the Singapore River. This is a hazard for female pedestrians who are wearing high-heeled shoes. A proper walkway should be tiled or cemented to facilitate walking by passersby."
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