Friday, August 5, 2011
Singapore Armed Forces OPFOR training ground
ST Life 4 August 2011
Was pleasantly surprised to see that photographer Ang Song Nian was allowed to take pictures of the oil palm plantation on Pulau Tekong, Singapore's largest offshore island which is exclusively used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
I have yet to see such a direct reference between oil palm plantations in an SAF training area and those in Malaysia. The SAF also maintains rubber plantations on Tekong and mainland Singapore for its ground forces to stage war games.
The pictures will be part of an art show titled Imagine Malaysia.
The text of the Life! story reads:"Award-winning photographers Robert Zhao and Ang Song Nian both depict the uneasy relationship between the two countries through photographs laden with strong visual puns and symbols.
"Zhao's work features a lion and tiger while Ang's photograph diptych features what look like similar images.
"But one is a Malaysian oil palm plantation, the other is Pulau Tekong, the training site of Singapore's pool of soldiers in the event of war."
Posted by David Boey at 6:07 PM