In my past 5 years as MP, I had received many feedback from residents about the undesirable behaviour of some residents. These include noise pollution from blasting the volumes of the TV and radio, dragging of chairs and tables in the quiet of the night, slamming of doors in wee hours and hammering of walls at some ungodly hours.
There are also complaints of neighbours placing bulky items along common walkways such as corridors or parking their bicycles outside the risers or along the stairways. These objects will not only cause unhappiness amongst neighbours but more importantly, pose a hazard to lives by causing obstruction along the egress routes during an emergency, such as a fire. Potential killer litter objects (PKLO), such as hanging flower pots or religious urns, wrongly placed bamboo poles and mops, is also one area of concern as the accidental fall of these objects can result in significant morbidity or even loss of lives. The Town Council, SCDF and the HDB take these very seriously and will spare no effort in correcting these non-civic minded acts of residents.
Recently, I have also received quite a fair bit of complaints about dog poos left unattended in common areas like lifts, lift lobbies, common corridors and gardens. This is unsightly and unhygienic. Dog owners must be responsible for the excrement of their pet dogs and must exercise the courtesy of cleaning up after their dogs. Why is it so difficult to bring along a tissue and plastic bag to pick up the poo after the pet does its business? How would you feel if one of your loved ones or even yourself were to accidentally step on it? Do we really need to install CCTVs all over the place to deter or catch such undesirable behaviour? I will be working with the Town Council and the relevant agencies to step up the public education blitz on such matters.
Singapore is a very small country and many of us live in public housing, sharing many common spaces with our fellow Singaporeans. We need to enhance our communal living experience by exercising the necessary social graces and neighbourliness.