Netizens vent frustration against cancellation of Halloween Horrors

The show has been cancelled. Ssilence has fallen.

Since releasing a statement explaining its decision to cancel its Halloween show at the Night Safari, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) has decided not to answer further queries.

Student volunteers from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) who would have been involved in the event also claimed they were told by their school not to speak directly to the media.

But that hasn't stopped the volunteers and angry patrons of the popular annual spook show, Halloween Horrors, from venting their frustration online.

Popular social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter and websites like HardwareZone.com have been flooded with angry posts over the sudden cancellation on Tuesday, just two weeks before the month-long event was due to open on Sept 30.

On HardwareZone.com, there is a 25-page forum discussion thread on the issue.

An online petition titled "Petition to bring back Halloween Horrors 2011" was also put up on Thursday. It garnered 108 signatures at press time.

It appears that much of the anger has been directed at WRS chief executive officer Isabella Loh, who has also been criticised on the WRS' fan page on Facebook for her decision to cancel the event.

Many of those who posted are believed to be student volunteers and loyal patrons of the programme, started in 2006 when Ms Fanny Lai was CEO.

She left this July and was replaced by Ms Loh, who is also a WRS board member.

In WRS' statement to The New Paper on Thursday, Ms Loh had said that the event was cancelled following "negative feedback received from corporations, friends of the zoo, the public and the media... especially over the relevance in relation to conservation."

An alleged suggestion that the Halloween event was akin to devil worshipping also sparked a frenzy of responses.

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