Many local fish hobbyists are familiar with the locations of the clustered fish farms in Singapore, such as Lim Chu Kang, Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Pasir Ris Farmway and Seletar West Farmway.
At Seletar West Farmway 1, 2 and 3, there are as many as 18 fish farms cramped in a small area of 0.15 square km.
Located off Jalan Kayu Road, time seems to slow down in this little rural place, where its appearance changes little over the past few decades. One can still see old road name signs and old lamp posts with cables hanging between them.
The old road name sign even has a four-digit postal code printed on it. Four-digit postal code began in Singapore in 1979 and lasted until 1995 when they were replaced by the six-digit system. Before 1979, Singapore had 28 postal districts, and each was represented by a single- or double-digit code.
The sight of roosters and hens roaming around freely also gives a peaceful kampong feel to the visitors.
However, there are news that the leases of the fish farms at Seletar West Farmway are due this year and the land they occupied is likely to be taken back by the authority. With the area likely to be redeveloped or used for building dormitories for foreign workers, the owners of the fish farms may have no alternatives but to close down or move to other suitable places in an increasingly land-scarce Singapore. It will be a sad day for aquatic enthusiasts when that time comes.
Just a street away, the compound bounded by Seletar West Farmway 5 to 9 is already occupied by foreign workers’ dormitories, together with a nursery and an old folks’ home. Seletar East Farmway was replaced by the neighbourhood of Fernvale, Sengkang about a decade ago.
Published: 12 July 2011