Wildlife Reserves Singapore apologises to the President

SINGAPORE - Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) CEO Isabella Loh has apologised to President Tony Tan for linking his comments made during a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration to the decision to cancel its popular Halloween event, reported the Straits Times.

In the statement, Ms Loh said: "I would like to re-emphasise that President had nothing to do with Wildlife Reserves Singapore decision to cancel Halloween Horrors. I would like to apologise for bringing in his comments from the Mid Autumn Festival 'Moon Night' celebrations into this issue."

"The decision to review and reset the calendar of events was discussed and decided even before Moon Night. The decision to cancel Halloween Horrors is not due to any religious beliefs but in response to negative feedback Friends of the Zoo and Corporate Partners," she added.

In earlier media statements, Ms Loh said that "WRS agrees with the earlier comments made by the President that going forward, WRS parks should have more family-bonding and wholesome activities."

She was referring to a comment made by Dr Tan during a Mid-Autumn Festival event at the Singapore Zoo last Sunday, where he said: "Such family bonding, I believe, is very important for Singapore because we need to create informal occasions where families, children can bond with their parents and grandparents. It is the best way of building a sense of unity and comfort within the family".

Ms Loh also posted a statement on WRS' Facebook page on Thursday, apologising to students of Singapore Polytechnic who were affected by the cancellation of the 'Halloween Horrors' event.

The students had planned the event for months, with the culmination of their hard work going towards grades for their final year project.

The event was abruptly pulled last Tuesday, even though 1,000 tickets had been sold. WRS has promised a full refund to ticket holders. In addition, it will give a 50% Night Safari discount coupon for every Halloween Horrors ticket purchased as an act of good will.