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CCK ‘drummer’ saga: Filipino boy asked to ‘strictly adhere’ to curfew timing

Posted by temasektimes on April 23, 2012

The protracted Choa Chu Kang saga appears to be resolve amicably at least for the time-being with the Filipino boy being asked to ‘strictly adhere’ to the curfew timing.

For several weeks, residents living in Block 608 Choa Chu Kang Street 62 have to put up with the incessant drumming and blasting of rock music by a Filipino boy said to have ‘special needs’.

PAP MP Alex Yam initially proclaimed the matter to be ‘resolved’, but after the Temasek Times ran a series of articles showing otherwise, he changed tact and met up with a resident Chong Liling to address the issue.

After the meeting on Saturday, the following measures are agreed upon:

1. Strictly adhere to the curfew timing (noon-1pm / 6-7pm).
2. Family to do up temporary sound proof while waiting for the full sound proof to be put up.
3. Ultimately Full sound proofing still need to be done asap.

However, it is not known how Mr Yam and his grassroots activists are going to enforce the curfew when the boy has flouted it several times in the past.

[Source: Alex Yam's Facebook]

In a comment posted on Mr Yam’s Facebook thanking him and his team for their efforts, Liling reminded Mr Yam that the examination periods are nearing and she hope the family can arrange the kid to have his ‘drumming therapy’ at a studio instead of at home:

“I had highlighted to you and your team that this coming weeks fall under sensitive period as exams will start from next week till 3rd week of may, therefore the noise level should be reduced to the minimum and I believe your team will work with the family to temporary arrange the kid to have his drumming therapy at some studio if possible or other possible arrangements.”

Liling also thanked concerned Singaporeans for standing by her side:

“To all fellow Singaporeans, Thank You for all your messages which you had sent me via FB, inputs, comments which make me feel that fellow Singaporeans are kind, caring, considerate and standing together as one.”

Despite receiving numerous complaints from residents, Mr Yam has continued to defend the boy’s drumming and initially tried to dismiss them as ‘xenophobic’ rants, blaming Singaporeans not not being ‘understanding’ enough:

“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?”

Choa Chu Kang residents can keep us updated on the saga by emailing us at temasektimes@yahoo.com.

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Alex Yam to meet CCK resident to understand ‘more’ about ‘pinoy drummer’ case

Posted by temasektimes on April 21, 2012

PAP MP for Choa Chu Kang Alex Yam will be meeting a Choa Chu Kang resident Chong Liling to understand more about the ‘pinoy drummer’ case which has dragged on for several weeks.

When Ms Chong first surfaced the issue to Mr Yam on his Facebook, Mr Yam retorted callously that she should not make it ‘personal’.

“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?”, Mr Yam posted on his Facebook, his tone appearing to blame Singaporeans for not being ‘understanding’ enough.

After sparking a massive outcry with his insensitive remark which he has yet to apologize for, Mr Yam now offers to meet Ms Chong to understand more about the case:

Meanwhile, other long-suffering Choa Chu Kang residents are stepping forward to air their grievances, one of whom is Mr Bryan Tan whose family has been putting up with the Filipino’s drumming for the last three months much to the ignorance of Mr Yam who had earlier proclaimed to the world that the problem has been ‘resolved’:

“I am an an unfortunate resident living in Blk 608 of Yew Tee and I am both relieved and frustrated that the issue has been addressed but isn’t explicitly solved. The drumming has been a great annoyance to me and my family for almost 2-3 months, we deserve the right to live in a peaceful environment, a PEACEFUL one or so you’ve been trying to bring across.”

Choa Chu Kang residents can keep us updated on the saga by emailing us at temasektimes@yahoo.com.

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An open letter to MP Alex Yam from a Choa Chu Kang resident on the ‘pinoy drummer’ saga

Posted by temasektimes on April 20, 2012

Dear Mr Alex Yam,

I have been reading the posts and newspaper articles with regards to this case, I believe it is important to provide a background on this case especially to the ignorant media (Such as TNP and 新明日报) who has jumped in from nowhere projecting Singaporeans as not sympathizing the special-need family. Playing sympathy cards definitely can invite more supporters however right from the beginning the main objective is to reduce this noise disturbance issue and not between foreigners and Singaporeans.

Sep’11-Oct’11 :

This is the period the family has shifted into the CCK flat. Drumming takes place at only 1 time per day which is between 5-7pm. I have been living in Yew Tee since 1994, to me and other residents all these years none of the residents staying here plays such a loud drumming. And since the frequency is less, the residents have leave it at it is.

Nov’11-Dec’11 :

When Sch holidays begins, the frequencies has tremendously increases between 11am to 7pm. It can be as frequent as hourly event. This is the period whereby a number of residents start lodging complaints to HDB (You may want to check with HDB on the records) and shouting across units can be heard. HDB paid house visits during End Nov and Dec’11. Situation does improved, but after not long is back to square one. Take note: working-class people do not entitled any sch holidays.

Jan’12-Feb’12 :

Request HDB to re-look into this case again, apparently the reply is pretty disappointing. The residents have tried to call SPF however the reply gotten is the num of calls does not justify them to act. Therefore decided to escalate this case to the MP which is you hoping this issue can be resolved during end Jan’12. HDB provides disappointing reply after 3 weeks indicating no adverse feedbacks on the residents they have interviewed. This case has been brought to your attention once again, and have provided some units to HDB to interview.

Mar’12:

After 3 weeks of waiting, the reply from HDB is still disappointing, now the replied become they have interviewed and residents are aware of the noise but have no issued abt it, have once again spoke to the HDB and on 24th Mar Curfew timing is being imposed, and HDB relates back indicating if this case still remains unresolved, can be raise to magistrate court and they empathize the residents and acknowledge that the drumming is indeed too loud and causing disturbance to the residents. (You mentioned only serious case can be brought up to the magistrate court, therefore this case is a serious one)

Apr’12:

In your earlier post you mentioned that your RC has feedback to you the family has abide to the timing (noon to 1pm, 6-7pm), however didn’t they feedback that the drumming starts at 10+ to 11am during saturdays and sometimes 3+pm during weekdays, evening sessions went beyond 7pm to 7.45pm during some days? My question will be is your volunteers 24/7 in the house? and living close to the family unit.

With the curfew timing not being abide to and exams period is coming, this case has been brought up to the next level, either to magistrate court or to the media.

Will things gets personal as what you mentioned earlier if this is raised to the magistrate court?

During all these while none of the personnels have feedback that this is a special need child and the parents are saving up to do sound proofing till 16-Apr you decided to disclose the facts when this issue was being exposed and the experiencing of a sense of imbalance treatment for the past mths is due to this reason.

Points for thoughts

1. Our HDB flat are using Ferrolite (semi-precast) partition wall which is not capable of absorbing loud noise compared to 1970s-1980s flats which are using full-casted partitions. (You may want to do some research on it as you may not stay in HDB before and notice the difference between 1970s vs current flats)

2. During sec sch days, Physics had cover a topic named noise travelling/vibrations. We all understand that noise will travel upwards and outwards. The impact on lower ground level will not be as loud as upper level. (You may want to check with HDB with regards which levels are the residents who lodge the complaints stays). Appreciate that the family is taking actions by shutting all windows, closing doors, and stuffing towels at the door gap, however with the loud banging of acoustic drums, the noise vibrations will still travel thru the ferrolite walls and outside will still hear it loud and clear (Just like you went to indoor stadium and listen to concert). And have they themselves tried to go to the upper floor or ground floor to understand the noise impact?

With such a strong noise vibrations, you may want to request HDB technical persons to check the flat structure as it may creates cracks in the unit.

In the TNP, It written that the dad will want to do it himself if the price is too expensive, then my question will be who will judge whether is the sound proofing done properly and is really taking effect to avoid another stirring of this case? Or they can take up solutions like drum silencers, electronic drums, muffled which is less than $5K and will resolved this case. The solutions provided by the netizens are excellent and not expensive to execute too.

3. The residents are not restricting them to play drum, but just want the noise level to reduce disregards whether this family is from where. As this unit is within a square, it is definitely not just affecting 608 residents but also a portion of 607. Like what fellow netizens mention, we have residents made up of students who wants to revise their homework during the day, old pple who need their rest, working class ppl who just want to laze in the hse during weekends to enjoy some peace living in the blocks.

4. As per my earlier posting, I do sympathize this family whose child is a special need, however something still needs to be done, timeline still have to be laid and abide to it. Through the 20 years of education in Singapore, teachers and the education scheme had taught us to be considerate, care and maintain a harmonious living society which we are exercising else this case will not be dragging to coming over 6 mths since last Nov’11 till it evolve till this stage.

5. Fellow netizens are feeling the disturbance too although they are not the one suffering as since the day we are born we are already living in a pigeon hole HDB flat therefore we are able to understand better on this situation and it do not matter where the family comes from but just that this type of noise is unbearable. And definitely we need to get something out of this thru other channels.

6. Today will things be handle differently if the complainant’s kid is also a special need kid just that whenever the kid heard loud noises such as drum beating he/she will gets traumatized, will this case be resolved in such a manner?

LAst but not least will be when can this be resolve? And a big thank you to you for helping on this case on the last few mths and also the work you and your team has put in.

I personally appreciate the help renders from the netizens towards this case and keeping our nation as the same as before.

CHONG LILING

*The above is first posted as a comment on Mr Alex Yam’s Facebook

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PAP MP Alex Yam accuses netizens of launching online ‘witch-hunt’ against innocent people to deflect public attention from ‘pinoy drummer’ saga

Posted by temasektimes on April 19, 2012

Instead of addressing the concerns of Choa Chu Kang residents and solving their problems, PAP MP Alex Yam now accuses netizens of launching an online ‘witch-hunt’ against innocent people in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention from the ongoing ‘pinoy drummer’ saga which has raised serious questions about his competence.

Despite numerous requests by neighbors and the authorities to lower his volume, one Filipino boy staying in Block 608 Choa Chu Kang  Street 62 has been playing drums and blasting rock music loudly to disturb the peace in the neighborhood daily for several weeks since September 2011.

Mr Yam has earlier said the issue has been ‘resolved’ on 24 March when the family acceded to the request for their child to play the drum only between 12pm-1pm and 6pm-7pm. However, when one resident Chong Li Ling pointed out that they did not adhere to what they have promised and ought to be issued with a summon, Mr Yam played the ‘foreigner’ card to dismiss her complaint immediately:

“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?”, Mr Yam posted on his Facebook, his tone appearing to blame Singaporeans for not being ‘understanding’ enough.

Mr Yam’s reply sparked a massive outcry among netizens, prompting one Hardwarezone forumer “razen21” to publish alleged photos of the Filipino boy as well as a video of him drumming with his friends on the SPH-owned forum which went viral in cyberspace and got republished in several forums and blogs after a local English tabloid did an interview with the family without revealing the boy’s photo. (read more here)

[Source: SPH's Hardwarezone forum]

In response to queries of the media, Mr Yam shifted the blame sorely on netizens:

‘It is unfortunate that there is this unofficial witch-hunt, and the case has got to a stage where innocent people are being sucked in.’

However, many netizens felt the situation would not spiral into this stage had Mr Yam been more proactive in tackling the problem instead of coming up with excuses one after another to defend the Filipino family.

One Hardwarezone forumer “lee_tired_ship” wrote:

“if you early early deal with the matter, then will have witch hunt meh?”

Another forumer “twinings” took offence at Mr Yam’s use of the term ‘witch-hunt’:

“witch-hunts.  he think what, 1500s to 1600s?  MP don’t know what is witch-hunts but anyhow uses this term.”

Yodatan wasn’t impressed:

“well then u could have been transparent about the whole situation to begin with and not try to sweep everything under the carpet idiot.”

hachew blamed the Filipino drummer for not stepping forward to clarify:

“actually i think the fault is mostly on one person. the real issue was raised, but later was diverted to other issues, then when this wrong identity issue surfaced, the person who has knowledge to the truth chose to keep quiet. Therefore resulting in this boy being wrongly accused. He could just make a statement saying that it was not him. but he chose otherwise… this shows a lot about the person character.”

Meanwhile, as Mr Yam continues to ignore the comments left by netizens on his Facebook which has exceeded more than 250 comments so far, the state media is having a field day smearing netizens as xenophobic ‘witch-hunters’ which will only going to piss more people off.

EDITORS’ NOTE:

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to Kenneth Milana for republishing his photos from Hardwarezone Forum without first verifying if he is the drummer in question which is impossible as his Facebook account is kept private. One of our moderators is a Hardwarezone forumer and frequently reproduced content from it here.

We have since removed all photos and any mention of him in our articles. It’s a honest mistake. No media is perfect let alone a small-time blog run by part-timers. TNP was once sued by former DPM Toh Chin Chye for mistaking him for another person with the same name who caused a traffic accident. Lianhe Zaobao recently mistook Colonel Perry Lim for Colonel Yau Thian Hock and used his photo in an article on the former’s sudden resignation from SAF. (read more here)

To use the usual PAP adage, let’s move on and not let it distract us from the REAL issue – which is ongoing ‘noise pollution’ generated by the Filipino boy which remains unresolved to this very day.

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5 Choa Chu Kang families have NO ISSUES with pinoy drumming

Posted by temasektimes on April 17, 2012

The ‘pinoy drummer’ saga may have sparked a massive outcry in cyberspace, but Choa Chu Kang residents seem to be taking it in their stride, at least according to five families interviewed by a local English tabloid.

For weeks, a Filipino teenager Kenneth Milana (pic left) has been irritating residents living in Block 608 Choa Chu Kang Street 62 with his loud drumming and blast music despite repeated requests from neighbors and HDB officers to lower his volume.

He eventually ‘compromised’ by limiting his playing hours to between 12 – 1pm and 6 – 7pm each day, but according to one resident Chong Liling who posted on MP Alex Yam’s Facebook, though the playing frequency has decreased, the volume has gone up by a notch.

However, two neighbors who were quoted in the tabloid claimed otherwise.

“We all have the right to play what we want in our own home as long as we don’t break the regulations set by HDB.” – Valerie Ng

“We can put up with it. We are staying in a flat after all. We have to try to be understanding.” – Sapurah Suib

In an interview with the tabloid, Mr Alex Yam said he was concerned about the discussion becoming focused on locals versus foreigners.

“People assume it’s because of a lack of integration, but that is really not the issue here. This is about a noise disturbance that needs to resolved by people being willing to engage each other,” he added.

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PHOTO: Choa Chu Kang pinoy drummer

Posted by temasektimes on April 17, 2012

For several weeks, a Filipino teenager has been playing drums and blasting loud music from his home in Block 608, Choa Chu Kang Street 62.

Despite numerous requests from neighbors and the authorities to lower his volume, he has adamantly refused to do so. MP for Choa Chu Kang Alex Yam urged residents to be more tolerant to him as he is a ‘special needs’ child:

“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?”

However, according to information posted on his Facebook, he studied in Si Ling Primary School and is currently studying in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He has worked at Baraka Spa Healing sanctuary Health and Wellness before.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex Yam to CCK residents: Be more ‘tolerant’ to Pinoy boy with ‘special needs’

Posted by temasektimes on April 17, 2012

For many weeks, Choa Chu Kang residents have to put up with the incessant drumming of a Filipino boy living in Block 608 of Choa Chu Kang Street 62, but when they surfaced the unresolved matter to their MP Alex Yam, they were told to be more ‘tolerant’ because the boy has ‘special needs’ and stop being ‘emotional’.

Instead of addressing the concerns of residents, Mr Yam dismissed them as ‘xenophobic noises’ and lashed out at them for not ‘empathizing’ with the Filipino boy on his Facebook:

“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?”

His reply prompted one irate Choa Chu Kang resident Chong Liling to ask if the boy has ‘special privilege’ to disturb the peace in the estate:

“Dear sir, special needs child does not have special privilege for this case. In this block there are special childs too, but their parents are handling well n minimize e disturbance to others. Knowing e kid likes to play drum, e parents should have gotten him an electronic drum set which is logically cheaper n much affordable than sound proofing e unit n is definitely not creating lotsa noise compared to e acoustic type.”

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.

However, one resident Cindy Chak felt they have reached the limits of their tolerance:

“Alex – every time the drums start no matter what time the neighbours are not going to tolerate the din and noise created. It has reached that stage of anger where people are fed up and had enough. Even if the boy is a special needs case the sound pollution he creates daily disturbs all neighbours.”

Mr Yam’s remarks sparked a massive outcry in cyberspace with many netizens lampooning him for it. Some responses on Facebook:

“This is completely dumb… so what if the person causing the disturbance is handicapped or not? A person with special needs will require special environment. The HDB is no place for drummers, normal or special to disturb the peace beyond permitted timings. If such noisy activities are required on a regular basis, then sound proofing the room is a necessity. Common sense please!” – Andy Fong

“Mr Alex Yam, why don’t you move next door to that family or better yet, let them live in your house. Walk a mile in someone shoe than you can talk……..The Muslims can’t even have their Call of prayers be sound from the mosque 5 times a day. So, please don’t start the discrimination and racist talk! BTW, have you heard of a place call Jamming Studio all over the island, where youngster and musician practise and play their music. They could take their son there and beat his heart out.” – Matahari Malam

“I don’t understand the correlation between drumming and “special needs” of a child. What has one got to do with another? And why is this child here instead of back home in the Philippines? Why creat trouble for locals? This MP is deplorable and incorrigible. Instead of helping to solve the problem created by the Pinoy, he is pushing the blame onto Singaporeans. This is infuriating and truly unbecoming of an elected official.” – Madison Chua

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PAP MP Alex Yam on ‘pinoy drummer’ saga: The issue has been ‘RESOLVED’ (when it is not)

Posted by temasektimes on April 15, 2012

PAP MP Alex Yam doesn’t seem to know what is going on in his constituency and seems unaware of the fact that his constituents are suffering from the antics of a Filipino neighbor who is completely insensitive, callous and malicious in persisting with his drumming to make life miserable for others.

The Filipino man reportedly played his drums and blasted rock music loudly on purpose for several hours daily in the last six months from his unit at Block 608 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, #05-xxx with the sore purpose of HARASSING other Singaporeans living in the estate. Many residents have spoken to him to tone down his volume, but not only did he refuse to do so, he raised the tempo instead.

After one netizen alerted him on the saga, Alex Yam replied nonchalantly that the issue has been ‘resolved’:

“HDB has conducted a house visit and spoken with the family in March. They acceded to the request for their child to play the drum only between 12pm-1pm and 6pm-7pm. We have also impressed on them the importance of exercising mutual consideration, tolerance and understanding so as to achieve a peaceful and harmonious living environment.”

[Source: Alex Yam's Facebook]

Mr Yam also claimed he found it ‘odd’ that the Temasek Times has decided to surface the issue now when the problem was resolved on 24 March:

“The issue was resolved and I find it odd that the blog has decided to surface the issue…The issue was resolved on 24 March after the RC and HDB were alerted and were asked to step in.”

Obviously Mr Yam hasn’t been following up on the issue or the affected resident would not have emailed us again to help raise awareness of the matter three weeks later after it has been ‘resolved’, as according to his definition.

According to the resident Vanessa Chong who first surfaced the issue to us, though the drumming frequency has reduced, he did not stick to the timing given.

“He will blasts his music out loud, especially before he starts knocking on his drum. Most of the time he played from 6-7pm (with around 5-15mins breaks inbetween, therefore it’s about like 2-3 times during that 1 hour), but often he will play over 7pm (till around 7:20pm) or even start at 5+pm….now due to the ‘suka suka’ attitude of that neighbour, residents are suffering. Sometimes i can hear baby crying out loud once he started playing drum.”

Attached below is an email reply from Ms Vanessa Chong:

Perhaps Mr Alex Yam and his grassroots activists may like to visit this Filipino AGAIN and remind him to stick to the timing given instead of simply assuming the issue has been ‘resolved’ without following up.

 

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