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 email@example.com.