“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: