Choa Chu Kang resident lodges report on Filipino drummer to NEA and SPF
Posted by temasektimes on April 18, 2012
After weeks of inaction from PAP MP Alex Yam and HDB officers, an irate Choa Chu Kang resident Bernice Hong decided to take action into her own hands by lodging a report on the Filipino drummer to the National Environment Agency (NEA) which in turn transferred her complaint to the Singapore Police Force.
For several weeks, one Filipino boy living in Block 608 of Choa Chu Kang Street 62 has been disturbing the entire neighborhood with his incessant drumming and blasting of loud music.
Despite several requests from neighbors and authorities for him to lower his volume, he adamantly refused to do so. When one resident Chong Liling posted on Mr Yam’s Facebook asking him to follow up on the case, Mr Yam retorted in a callous tone:
“Is it more acute because it is a foreigner family? Has anyone tried to approach and clarify the situation? Does anyone know that the person drumming is a special needs person in a special school? Did anyone try to find out that the family is trying to save up to soundproof their place? Just so that their son to develop what they believe is his innate talent despite his special needs?”
After sensing he might have uttered the wrong words, Mr Yam quickly backtracked and explained his “questions are not meant as questions”, insinuating at the same time that the residents had allowed ‘emotions’ to get better of them.
[Source: Alex Yam's Facebook]
He ended the conversation by urging everybody to be more ‘tolerant’ of each other while he and others ‘work on the solution’ when he has earlier proclaimed confidently to the world that the matter has been resolved on 24 March.
Mr Yam’s comments caused a stir in cyberspace with many netizens lampooning him for not doing enough to resolve the lingering problem in his ward.
Attached below is the complaint sent by Ms Bernice Hong to NEA which was forwarded to SPF:
Status : In-Progress
Response from Agency :
NEA – 17/04/2012 09:00:44 PM
We are looking into this case and will get back to you as soon as possible.
You may call 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) for further details.
NEA – 17/04/2012 10:58:47 PM
Ref: SG241774956 Dear Ms Bernice Hong
Thank you for your online report of 17 April 2012.
We wish to inform you that feedback falls under the purview of Singapore Police Force.
We will by copy of this email inform Singapore Police Force to follow up on your feedback and reply to you.
Customer Service Officer
NEA Contact Centre