Khew Sin Khoon: ‘Butterfly Man’ and sustainability advocate

SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - President and group CEO of CPG Corp, Khew Sin Khoon, is known in some circles as the “Butterfly Man” owing to his avid interest in the insect which began when he was a boy. He enjoys going deep into the nature reserves of Singapore or trekking in the jungles of Malaysia, camera in hand, hoping to photograph a rare species. Recently, he was up in the mountains and forest reserves of Chiang Mai in Thailand, with his fellow butterfly enthusiasts. “We were hunting for butterflies,” he says.
Khew: Sustainability is at the core of what we do here – sustainable building designs and greening projects (Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Khew even started an online group, ButterflyCircle, in 2006, and maintains a blog on the study of butterflies. He pioneered free-ranging butterfly trails at Alexandra Hospital, Butterfly Hill at Pulau Ubin, Butterfly Garden at Hort- Park, as well as other trails at park connectors and urban gardens.
His love of butterflies has also led him to author numerous articles and weighty compendiums such as A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore (2010) and its second edition published in 2015; and the Butterfly section in the Singapore Red Data Book 2008. He also co-authored Caterpillars of Singapore’s Butterflies (2012). Many photographs in the books were shot and curated by Khew himself.
Butterflies may look fragile, but “they are pretty tenacious and adapt very well to climate change. They are insects after all”, Khew says. He recalls a science fiction movie he had watched that has stuck with him over the years: “The premise was that after the human race is extinct, insects will rule the world.”
His love of butterflies has also led him to author numerous articles and weighty compendiums such as A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore (2010) and its second edition published in 2015 (pictured)

Sustainable workplace

Butterflies are not the only things that Khew is interested in. He is also an advocate of nature nature conservation and sustainability. And he believes it ought to begin with his own office. Almost two years ago, CPG moved from 80,000...