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“What do you want me to do?” – Rude HDB officer scolded resident who complains about Filipino neighbor’s loud music

Posted by temasektimes on April 15, 2012

When foreigners complained about Singaporeans disturbing them in the neighborhood, action is taken almost immediately like ‘currygate’ incident during which a Singaporean Indian family was ordered by a tribunal not to cook curry when their PRC neighbors are at home.

However, when Singaporeans lodged similar complaints on their foreign neighbors disrupting the peace in the estate, they seemed to be stone-walled, ignored and worse still, treated as trouble-makers.

One irate Choa Chu Kang resident Vanessa Chong has been filing complaints via email and phone calls to HDB about an inconsiderate Filipino neighbor who has been playing drums and blasting loud music from his house daily for the last few months, but no concrete action has been taken so far except that HDB officers have visited the family and ‘advised’ them to lower their volume.

The Filipino just moved in last year September and lives in Block 608 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, #05-107.

Even after her family approached their PAP MP Alex Yam for help, HDB continues to sit on the problem.

“We continued to email HDB about how disturbing it is and there’s no reply. So we approached my district’s MP, alex yam, who is very helpful and keep contacting HDB and hoping that the situation can be improved asap. However, HDB seems to ignore the request of MP and saying they’ve conducted interview with the residents and NONE OF THEM GIVES ADVERSE RESPONSE TO THE DRUM SOUND”

When Vanessa provided HDB with the units who have given ‘adverse’ response to the loud drumming, HDB replied that they need ‘more time’ to look into the case. Meanwhile, the Filipino continues to beat his drums several hours a day DAILY.

Two months later, Vanessa’s family wrote an email to HDB expressing their disappointment with their attitude after which a HDB officer by the name of TEO S W called her and asked her family to stop ‘bothering’ HDB.

“What do you want me to do?” he scolded Vanessa rudely over the phone, hinting that he has better things to do.

“HDB has displays bad working attitude by not updating people on the progress of investigation and just keep everything silent. this is definitely not the right thing to do,” Vanessa wrote in a lengthy email to us.

Perhaps Vanessa should consider getting a PRC neighbor to lodge the complaint instead and HDB will definitely respond in double-quick time to solve the problem.

Hear how loud the music is below:

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20 Responses to ““What do you want me to do?” – Rude HDB officer scolded resident who complains about Filipino neighbor’s loud music”

  1. cc chia said

    As the landlord, HDB should not hesitate to evict the troublemaker Pinoy tenant. This is the least they could do.

  2. Elvees said

    OMG! That music is loud and certainly very irritating!! Luckily I live in a single bungalow no need pesky neighbors

  3. Junjie said

    He’s not even a good drummer. 不要脸! If I was as bad as he was, I’d play softly…

  4. KH Lim said

    Perharps they can issue a cash fine after receiving more than 3 complaints from different households, like what some management at condos used to do. Or at the least, serve warning first before they issue the fines.

  5. Renton said

    ….eh the resident herself said is 7pm.. cmon 7pm leh! 11pm plus or wat still can say.

  6. PO said

    Get the mediation center involved! HDB #epicfail
    Failing which, get a PRC to go negotiate. There will surely be cats/dogs fights…shiok!!

  7. David Ho said

    As long as the 60.1% are happy. HDB is also happy!!

  8. KKPL said

    it’s not just HDB even police is the same… the TP IO still hasn’t given me update on the vehicle that knocked me down back in sept 2007

  9. RC said

    Please don’t expect spore garmen to help you. We now need to depend on ourselves to survive in our own country.

  10. spotlessleopard said

    How the hell DID THIS PINOY get into this flat? Is he a citizen? Can he be evicted? Can he be charged with disturbing the peace? Can he be required t soundproof his room or else require him to only play his drums in a MUSIC STUDIO?…..wHY IS HDB. NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING? WHY IS THE MP SO WISHY WASHY? Time to vote the PAP out ?

  11. Lily said

    I don’t think is appropriate for you to post out the unit number. Do amend the post as you will not know what will happen and is TR going to be liable for it?

  12. Norizan said

    Maybe u can try bring it up to town council. I ever complain to them about a pinoy neighbour (tenant) whose dog will pass motion at the rubbish chute area everyday which is near the entrance to my house. Imagine the smell!!
    They came & clean the area & I think they called to notified the landlord.

  13. ngpy said

    If the HDB have asked you that, it is suggested that you ask them that, can you take action on their behalf. I am in the opinion that this officier TEO S W MUST BE MUCH PRESSURISED BY HIS SUPERIOR . IF I WERE THE OFFICIER THESE THINGS WILL NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. I HAVE ALSO EMPHASIZED THAT LOWER RUNG OFFICIER MUST BE ADVISED ON HOW TO SETTLE MATTERS. BUT NOT BY PEOPLE WITH A PIECE OF PAPER MADE OF BULL SHIT AND START TO ORDER AROUND.

  14. Ken Lee said

    just play metal, wake them up four am!

  15. Jmm Limm said

    Waste time asking police for help lah … car got hit by Malaysian car … they tell me get ready not to receive any payment for damage and hinted they will not follow up. lol … If got some extra money to burn, get a lawyer and sue the inconsiderate fellow for loss of sleep and emotional trauma … Not good long term for the baby that constantly gets worked up by the drumming too …

  16. Badass Ed said

    Might be interesting to find out if this Pinoy is a citizen, PR or someone temporarily here on a work pass.

    His different status will require different treatment of the problem.

    Pinoys are not used to high density living in pigeon holes. Back home, land is so dirt cheap that he can bang on his drums and nobody would give a shit.

    He sure is one square peg with his ass in a round hole. I am trying to say figuratively that he doesn’t fit in our living environment at all.

  17. Barry C said

    Interesting view that it matters to you guys what the nationality is of the drummer – and then you wonder why Singaporeans get a bad wrap for being racist! ANY drummer who is antisocial should be admonished for their behaviour, not just because they are Pinoy!! Shame on you.

    Shame on the authorities for not dealing with the problem of the drummer too!

  18. lim chon jun said

    they are foreign talent. without them singapore will die and so as singaporean. so take it

  19. Concerned One said

    then go to that house and tell them to be discreet cos it is very noisy. if no action then go to police and complain while they are doing the act. very simple.

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