Sand wars: Singapore’s growth comes at the environmental expense of its neighbours

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Fishermen ply the Mekong River in southern Laos. ©Luke Hunt

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Just two years ago a small sandbar could be seen jutting out of the narrow straits separating Singapore and Malaysia’s Johor.

Then the barges came, disgorging tonnes of sand, the beginning of a $60 billion, 20-year Malaysian development of four man-made islands designed for 700,000 residents and 25,000 workers, called Forest City.

Read more from Lindsay Murdock in The Age.


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