STOMPer Ang Kong Kia believes that the palms trees in Yew Tee were chopped down to make way for the pasar malam, despite the explanation by the Hong Kah Town Council. Seven palm trees were removed from the hard court.
The town council had explained that they were taking a long term view of the future use of the hardcourt and condition of the trees, before removing them.
In the STOMPer's email:
"The area was designed to accommodate the royal palm trees with special drainage.
"If not for the pasar malam tents which affected the growth of the trees, the trees would have been grown to the same height of remaining 3 palm trees near to the roof of MRT station and other palm trees next to the nearby HDB block.
"The truth about cutting down the trees is to allow pasar malam operator to erect the tents for pasar malam.
"A pasar malam was immediately held as soon as the trees were gone and the area retiled. The place of the trees were covered with tiles while the drainage for the trees remained."
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