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

Posted by temasektimes on April 17, 2012

For many weeks, Choa Chu Kang residents have to put up with the incessant drumming of a Filipino boy living in Block 608 of Choa Chu Kang Street 62, but when they surfaced the unresolved matter to their MP Alex Yam, they were told to be more ‘tolerant’ because the boy has ‘special needs’ and stop being ‘emotional’.

Instead of addressing the concerns of residents, Mr Yam dismissed them as ‘xenophobic noises’ and lashed out at them for not ‘empathizing’ with the Filipino boy on his Facebook:

“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?”

His reply prompted one irate Choa Chu Kang resident Chong Liling to ask if the boy has ‘special privilege’ to disturb the peace in the estate:

“Dear sir, special needs child does not have special privilege for this case. In this block there are special childs too, but their parents are handling well n minimize e disturbance to others. Knowing e kid likes to play drum, e parents should have gotten him an electronic drum set which is logically cheaper n much affordable than sound proofing e unit n is definitely not creating lotsa noise compared to e acoustic type.”

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.

However, one resident Cindy Chak felt they have reached the limits of their tolerance:

“Alex – every time the drums start no matter what time the neighbours are not going to tolerate the din and noise created. It has reached that stage of anger where people are fed up and had enough. Even if the boy is a special needs case the sound pollution he creates daily disturbs all neighbours.”

Mr Yam’s remarks sparked a massive outcry in cyberspace with many netizens lampooning him for it. Some responses on Facebook:

“This is completely dumb… so what if the person causing the disturbance is handicapped or not? A person with special needs will require special environment. The HDB is no place for drummers, normal or special to disturb the peace beyond permitted timings. If such noisy activities are required on a regular basis, then sound proofing the room is a necessity. Common sense please!” – Andy Fong

“Mr Alex Yam, why don’t you move next door to that family or better yet, let them live in your house. Walk a mile in someone shoe than you can talk……..The Muslims can’t even have their Call of prayers be sound from the mosque 5 times a day. So, please don’t start the discrimination and racist talk! BTW, have you heard of a place call Jamming Studio all over the island, where youngster and musician practise and play their music. They could take their son there and beat his heart out.” – Matahari Malam

“I don’t understand the correlation between drumming and “special needs” of a child. What has one got to do with another? And why is this child here instead of back home in the Philippines? Why creat trouble for locals? This MP is deplorable and incorrigible. Instead of helping to solve the problem created by the Pinoy, he is pushing the blame onto Singaporeans. This is infuriating and truly unbecoming of an elected official.” – Madison Chua

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PAP MP Alex Yam on ‘pinoy drummer’ saga: The issue has been ‘RESOLVED’ (when it is not)

Posted by temasektimes on April 15, 2012

PAP MP Alex Yam doesn’t seem to know what is going on in his constituency and seems unaware of the fact that his constituents are suffering from the antics of a Filipino neighbor who is completely insensitive, callous and malicious in persisting with his drumming to make life miserable for others.

The Filipino man reportedly played his drums and blasted rock music loudly on purpose for several hours daily in the last six months from his unit at Block 608 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, #05-xxx with the sore purpose of HARASSING other Singaporeans living in the estate. Many residents have spoken to him to tone down his volume, but not only did he refuse to do so, he raised the tempo instead.

After one netizen alerted him on the saga, Alex Yam replied nonchalantly that the issue has been ‘resolved’:

“HDB has conducted a house visit and spoken with the family in March. They acceded to the request for their child to play the drum only between 12pm-1pm and 6pm-7pm. We have also impressed on them the importance of exercising mutual consideration, tolerance and understanding so as to achieve a peaceful and harmonious living environment.”

[Source: Alex Yam's Facebook]

Mr Yam also claimed he found it ‘odd’ that the Temasek Times has decided to surface the issue now when the problem was resolved on 24 March:

“The issue was resolved and I find it odd that the blog has decided to surface the issue…The issue was resolved on 24 March after the RC and HDB were alerted and were asked to step in.”

Obviously Mr Yam hasn’t been following up on the issue or the affected resident would not have emailed us again to help raise awareness of the matter three weeks later after it has been ‘resolved’, as according to his definition.

According to the resident Vanessa Chong who first surfaced the issue to us, though the drumming frequency has reduced, he did not stick to the timing given.

“He will blasts his music out loud, especially before he starts knocking on his drum. Most of the time he played from 6-7pm (with around 5-15mins breaks inbetween, therefore it’s about like 2-3 times during that 1 hour), but often he will play over 7pm (till around 7:20pm) or even start at 5+pm….now due to the ‘suka suka’ attitude of that neighbour, residents are suffering. Sometimes i can hear baby crying out loud once he started playing drum.”

Attached below is an email reply from Ms Vanessa Chong:

Perhaps Mr Alex Yam and his grassroots activists may like to visit this Filipino AGAIN and remind him to stick to the timing given instead of simply assuming the issue has been ‘resolved’ without following up.

 

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