WWII cannon site in sad state

WWII cannon site in sad state
The site along Cosford Road in Changi has become nothing more than a storeroom for a nearby restaurant.

SINGAPORE - It was once a majestic fortress that housed the naval cannons used to defend Singapore during World War II.

Eleven years ago, the Johore Battery, with a refurbished cannon, was officially opened by a Cabinet Minister to mark its historical significance.

But now, the site along Cosford Road in Changi has become nothing more than a storeroom for a nearby restaurant.

The grass around the bunker was overgrown and the trenches around the site were filled with stagnant water when The New Paper visited the site last week.

We were alerted by a reader, who wanted to be known only as Mr Wong. He had stopped by the Battery last month and had been shocked by the dilapidated state of the site.

Mr Wong, 40, a civil servant, visits the historical site with his wife and children several times a year.

"The grass was overgrown and there was waterlogging in the trenches," he told The New Paper.

"The small shed that exhibited the pictures and information of the Johore Battery was also packed with equipment and items belonging to the restaurant nearby."

He saw pails, cables and a bicycle left in the rooms of the exhibition areas.

"It was messy like a rubbish dump and it didn't look like any maintenance was going on," he said.

Mr Wong said the site was a "far cry" from when it was opened to the public in 2002 by then-Minister of Trade and Industry George Yeo.

Added Mr Wong: "It's very sad that a historical ground has now become a dumping ground and forgotten."

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