Chinatown in Singapore is to be closed, making way for modern commercial development.
TGV & CU Chinatown market place with people milling about. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CUs Fruit and vegetable stores. (4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Open air foodstore , food being cooked, people eating .(4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Tourists looking at stalls. (3 SHOTS)
CU Store owner gutting iguana with tourists watching. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Store selling tortoises and pigeons, tourists taking photographs. (4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Fishmonger killing fish on pavement, tourists watch. (3 SHOTS)
TV PULL BACK TO GV Chinatown market.
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Background: Chinatown in Singapore is to be closed, making way for modern commercial development. For more than 150 years the colourful trading area has reflected the lifestyle and traditions of Singapore's early Chinese settlers. Chinatown was built on orders from Singapore's founder, Sir Stanford Raffles, not long after he established the British East India Company's trading post there in 1819. Over the years it has attracted millions of foreign visitors, retaining its original character despite the rest of the island's rapid modernization. Now the government has decreed Chinatown and its 100-thousand residents, must go. Traders and their families have been told to leave their often dilapidated homes and shops by the end of September. Conservationists have been pressing the government of Lee Kuan Yew to preserve at least a few pockets of Chinatown. Officials say the suggestions are being considered but their attitude has not consoled those whose livelihood and lifestyle are at stake. Business is the life of Chinatown. Shops and street-stalls cram the roads and criss-crossing alleyways of the 2.36 square kilometre (one quarter mile) settlement. They sell anything from snake-meat and iguanas to pocket calculators. There are some 800 vegetable stall; two-thousand trading outlets in all. Already some of the residents have moved out. Others face relocation in high-rise apartments and their shops will be moved into modern market complexes.