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Singapore foots high costs for preserving 'last kampong'

City-state keeps island haven Pulau Ubin untouched, while importing resources from neighbors

A cargo ship passing along the strait between the main Singapore island and Pulau Ubin (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

PULAU UBIN, Singapore -- It takes no more than 15 minutes to make the eastward crossing on a juddery old bumboat from Changi Jetty on Singapore's main island to Pulau Ubin, where gray-barked pulai trees stretch skyward, their pillar-straight trunks evoking the slate and glossy office towers that crowd the Singapore skyline.

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