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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 28 May 2004

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40-year-old Mount Vernon Crematorium to close on 30 June

From 1 July 2004, all cremations will be held at the brand new Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex (MCC) built next to the existing complex.  The old Mount Vernon Crematorium will cease operation after last cremations on 30 Jun 04.

The new MCC has 10 cremators and four air-conditioned service halls. With four service halls, more cremations could be held concurrently during the peak hours each day (usually between 11 am and 3 pm).

Mr Philip Tan, the President of the Association of Funeral Directors (S'pore) noted the new MCC is very user-friendly and more accommodative. In particular, he noted 'the air-conditioned waiting halls provide a comfortable and proper holding area for the public to gather/congregate after the funeral service, even during hot and wet weather'.

Please see Annex for more details about the new MCC.  The complex also includes six four-storey columbaria blocks, which can house 77,320 niches.

To facilitate the movement of cremation activities from Mount Vernon to Mandai, the NEA has briefed all religious leaders and funeral directors and taken them on guided tours to familiarize with facilities provided at the new MCC.

From end-May, notices will also be posted at the Mount Vernon Crematorium entrances and exits to alert the public about the July closure of the crematorium.

From 1 July 2004, the public using the Mount Vernon Crematorium booking office telephone number (6284 4416) will hear a recorded message informing them of the new crematorium at MCC. This recorded message will be played for a period of six months. The public can also call the NEA's 24-hour Call Centre on Tel: 1800 CALL NEA (1800 2255 632) for information about cremation arrangements.

While the crematorium at Mount Vernon will be closed, the Columbarium at Mount Vernon will remain and next-of-kin can continue to visit the columbarium.

There is still no indication of when the columbarium site is needed for redevelopment into a residential area and a park. When the timing of this movement is firm, the NEA will give next-of-kin ample two years' notice before the relocation of the niches can take place. Meanwhile, the site will continue to be maintained to preserve its serene surroundings.

For more information, please contact: Call Centre: 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) Email: contact_nea@nea.gov.sg

Source: National Environment Agency (NEA) News Release 27 May 2004

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