Religious fire pit used for barbecues

Religious fire pit used for barbecues
Some people have been seen using this fire pit at Toa Payoh Lorong 7, meant for residents to burn religious offerings, as a makeshift barbecue pit.

SINGAPORE - A fire pit in Toa Payoh Lorong 7 meant for Taoists to burn religious offerings such as joss paper has become a makeshift barbecue pit, causing a stir among the area's residents.

Housewife Linda Low, who moved to Toa Payoh a year ago, said she has seen it happening twice. "They don't seem local. I think they could be foreign workers. Two of them will come and cook first, and then a few more will join in later to eat," the 49-year-old said.

She is not the only resident living in Block 1 who has recently spotted people barbecuing at the octagonal-shaped structure in front of the block.

Ms Low did not find it annoying, saying "they cleaned up the area before leaving".

But fellow resident Chang Chew Sia, 35, felt that such behaviour could be disrespectful to local culture and religion.

"Although I'm not religious, I don't think it is appropriate for them to barbecue there," the mother of two told The Straits Times yesterday. "But I don't think they know that what they are doing is not right."

There are barbecue pits in the open space behind Block 1, but the area is being upgraded. The works started early last year.

Another resident, a driver who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, said he saw a group of people barbecuing chicken wings on the incense burner last Saturday.

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