Choa Chu Kang residents HARASSED by Pinoy neighbor who beats drums and blasts loud music daily throughout the day
Posted by temasektimes on April 15, 2012
In other countries, immigrants are expected to integrate into local society, but it seems to be the other way round in Singapore where Singaporeans are asked to conform to the unique culture and social habits of the newcomers.
Residents living in Block 608 of Choa Chu Kang Street 62 have to put up with the peculiar habits of their Filipino neighbor who have been beating the drums and blasting loud rock music daily from his home for the last few months.
The Pinoy family reportedly lives in the unit #05-107 and moved in in September last year.
One angry resident Vanessa Chong wrote to us to complain about his behavior:
“He plays from 11am (sometimes as early as 10am), interval of 2-3 hours till over 7pm at night. He’s already been doing this for MONTHS.”
Several residents have spoken to the Filipino politely to stop beating the drums during the day, but he refused to stop and even increased the volume to spite them!
Vanessa has written to Channel 8’s ‘Frontline’ programme, but did not receive a response from them. She thinks they are ‘pro-foreigner’ and “that’s why they did not carry out interviews and feature this news.” (read Vanessa’s letter in Chinese here)
She has also contacted HDB and her MP Mr Alex Yam for help, but no action has been taken so far against the Filipino probably because he is a foreigner and is given ‘preferential’ treatment by the authorities.
Speaking during a community event two days ago, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam urged Singaporeans to make a ‘special effort’ to integrate the new immigrants:
“Make a special effort to integrate them, and the new immigrants themselves also must make a special effort to understand our society, understand the fact that it is multicultural with major ethnic groups that are from very different parts of Asia.”
It appears that Vanessa and her long-suffering Singaporean residents in Block 608 Choa Chu Kang will have to make a ‘special effort’ to understand the ‘culture’ of their Filipino neighbor and to ‘reflect’ on their own behavior instead.
Watch the video below to understand the plight of Vanessa and other residents who have to put up with the loud music and noise coming out from the Filipino’s home everyday. The video was recorded from a distance away so you can imagine how loud the music is: