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8/10/2009

When would anti social policies be removed or moderated?

One of the most anti family and anti social policies is car parking in residential estates. You visit your parents or your children, you pay, except Sundays and public holidays. You visit your friends and relatives, you pay. The more friendly you are, and the longer you stay, the more you pay. The more filial and caring you are to your parents, visiting them more often and staying longer, you pay more. There is an issue of lack of parking space, and residents deserve a place to park. Too many visitors will deprive them of a parking space. Sure there is a conflicting demand of space and social interactions. I pose this as a challenge for the administrators to come up with a more conducive policy to please both the residents and the visitors. Or is this the best that can be? Even in private estates, the roads are narrow, and the white lines are there. Not many of the private properties can accommodate more than 2 cars in their car parks. Any parties or social gathering is going to be very demanding on the residents and the visitors. We have plenty of space to take in 8 million people. Really? At what cost and social life?

12 comments:

Heng-Cheong Leong said...

Take a bus, lah. Stay until 11 pm. Who ask you to drive? :-)

Anonymous said...

What aout the practice of putting dustbins and traffic cones in the streets to reserve the parking space outside your front gates? Is this legal?

Anonymous said...

Hi Redbean:

You must have had a wonderful day capturing the glories of National Day Celebration.

Allow me another take on your Article in the form of a question. Why are family members(especially male siblings) staying(residence) away from each other ? In the older days, even married siblings stayed together or near one another. Now, not only are siblings further than neighbours physically, the emotional link (feeling/care) are just as far, if not, worse.

The Chinese has a saying 'Yan qing bu ru jing lin', meaning far away(physical/emotional distance apart) kins/relatives are less valueable than close(good) neighbours.

Singaporeans do need to keep up good kinsmanship and clansmanship to uphold family relationship. And in Singapore, there are indeed too many cars for such a tiny country. The Government must do its best to provide a good public transport system that run twenty four hours.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Dear Patriot, you are a Singaporean, so you MUST know that family ties between siblings, parents/children and between cousins are sooooo stretched in your little tiny island state, to be almost non-existence. Money, property and asset have become so important to all Singaporeans to the extend that they would sell their souls to grab as much as possible wealth. Family ties and relationship have very little valu to the majority of Singaporeans. What a miserable lot you have all become. So sad....

redbean said...

heng cheong,

i think that is about what singaporeans shld do. take public transport. not really easy for the young couples with kids and all the paraphernalias for the kids, not for the older folks.

redbean said...

hi patriot, so many people and activities. probably half a million people there. unable to cover much ground. miss out on padang and hong lim actions.

Anonymous said...

Redbean:

I mistakenly went to Hong Lim hoping to catch Reform Party's Kenneth Jeyaretnam's first talk there. The Place was literally peacefully quiet.

Our young activitists were there and it saddens me that fellow Singaporeans were/are not giving our activists the supports they deserved.

Me will follow up at TOC for Mr Kenneth's Speech at HLP yesterday. Was too tired.

patriot

Jaunty Jabber said...

Some very strange phenomenon in Singapore are:
There are distance and gaps between relatives & family members. However, there are instant closedness among strangers such that some people are ready to jump into bed with newly acquainted people.

People rarely visit their relatives' home but readily visit stranger's bedroom.

redbean said...

another strange phenomenon is save for the whole life to end up not enough for retirement. and the money dunno belongs to whole.

any human rights activitists or lawyers could enlighten on whether any govt can keep the people's savings and does whatever it wants with the money?

Jaunty Jabber said...

Redbean,

Don't know if there will be someone who is not afraid to be sued until bankrupt, for voicing out to challenge the state's rules.

Lost4ever said...

Join the RC as a member, u can park anywhere within the town...

Put some Arabic Phrase on your car, you can even park at the rubbish chute or along the double yellow line...

Animal Farm...

redbean said...

hi lost,

i think that is a good idea. i must go and get an RC application form.