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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.

Yours sincerely

Customer Service Officer
NEA Contact Centre


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Alex Yam’s open letter to netizens

5 Choa Chu Kang families have no issues with pinoy drumming

Alex Yam to CCK residents: Be more tolerant to pinoy boy

PHOTOS: Pinoy drummer Kenneth Milana

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

Alex Yam raps Choa Chu Kang residents for not understanding the plight of Pinoy drummer

PAP MP Alex Yam: ‘Pinoy drummer’ issue has been resolved

VIDEO: Singaporean shouted at Filipino neighbor who is playing drums to shut up

Choa Chu Kang residents harassed by Pinoy neighbor who beats drums and blasts loud music daily


20 Responses to “Choa Chu Kang resident lodges report on Filipino drummer to NEA and SPF”

  1. singaporeans said

    All ftrash have special needs… all untouchable?

  2. maddog2020 said

    Looks like MPs need to be sent for English writing classes or in some cases English speaking classes. Don’t they have PAs who help write for them these sort of things instead of shooting from the hip and saying something wrong which will draw flak from the general public. This sort of things are happening once too often.

  3. David Lim said

    This is a simple case of noise pollution by an inconsiderate and arrogant family.

    Get them to stop making noise.

    Get the boy to practice his drums in the studio.

    End of story.

    If this boy is allowed to make noise, so can other residents and this will simply create more problems for everyone throughout the island.

    Why can’t this MP solve a simple problem?

  4. oute said

    Right, Singaporeans must stand up and dont be bullied.

    If it is okay to play the drums, then everyone should go and buy a musical instrument and play it within their HDB flats.

    What about Thaipusam, why is the music not allowed to be played.

  5. NFA said

    My guess is NFA: No action taken by NEA and SPF. Forget making police report since MP Alex sided the pinoy.

    Too bad 60% voted pappies…

  6. daniel regu said

    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for your advise to residents to be patient. I clear understand that much was done but all went to deaf ears.

    I just wonder do you live and how and what would do if your immediate neighbour does this ? Forget about foreigners.

  7. Singaporean said

    Looking at the post I believe each and everyone of us can be MPs, as long as you know how to reply in english and if your statement is backfired just reply sorry and amend it.

    Where is our MPs standards? We look at cases all round then we put our verdict not by typing some “questions’ then expect everyone to live with it or bear with it.

    • Derp said

      All look as if damn good in parliament looking self important and shit. Once they open their mouth or handle matters as you can see…

      Are these clowns worth millions?

    • just a thought said

      Where are all the mudafachas that voted for the pappies!??! damn they need to open their farking eyes and see wat the heck they voted for. blind mofos

  8. puppy xu sun son said

    Dont let them step on our head..

  9. Fuck that Pinoy shit! said

    Get some loanshark runner to pay that cheebye pinoy a visit.

  10. Bai Hu said

    Alex Yam had an easy job which draws a cool salary of $15,000 per month. He better make way for others who are more capable.

  11. Jmm Limm said

    The MP should invite the boy to stay with him in his house to have the drumming session lah … or better still, MP use his own money to pay for soundproofing first and then get family to repay the cost. lol … Bottomline is not whether boy has special needs but the basic needs of majority of the residents whose lives are adversely affected by the act of ONE. There is also something called the drum pad to soften the noise a bit … MP should be careful of what he is saying as there will be a sudden rise in inconsiderate behaviour in the name of ‘nurturing talents’ soon if this spreads.

  12. NSmen said

    What happened to the photos of the pinoy drummer? Don’t tell me the Temasek Times is trying to make him feel “special” because he has mild learning disability? You guys have shamed enough Singaporeans or FTs for making stupid remarks on twitter & facebook. Don’t show double standards to this inconsiderate drummer.

  13. ngpy said

    It is such ashame, with a first class country and first class parliament with first class MP with first class agencies not able to resolve a simple matter brought about by an imported special need citizen. Luckily this is a minor problem, what if this is considered a major problem with a couple special need citizens do we need our air force, army and navy to render assistance to solve the matter. So ambarassing.

  14. Sam Tan said

    special needs? I agree. He especially needs to be taught a lesson on social harmony…

  15. worldorder said

    If he has special needs, it really doesn’t matter whether he beats the drum, jerry cans or tin cans.. its not the noise he make but the “feeling effects” on his fingers and arms, its the same effect. By the look of him, he doesn’t look that he needs special attentions unless he want to avoid NS !!!!!! Can the relevant authorities please do a double check on this young guy ??? We need clarifications and verifications please !!!!!

  16. maniknight said

    hello… what happens if this special need kid have a knack for throwing killer litter? still live with it? what does his special need status got to do with the noise pollution?… they can go to hell for all we care , just don’t make so much noise in the process.

  17. Exaggerated said

    Well……..I dont see Yam communicating to the Singaporeans in anyway

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