I was astonished to come across an article in The New Paper dated 11 May 2012 where it reported the residents of Blocks 10 and 11 Jalan Batu are also having “not in my backyard” attitude.
I think all these residents are selfish and arrogant. If HDB is to build a childcare centre or a kindergarden at the same void deck, I am very sure these residents will not protest. It is inevitable that everyone will age, so why make so much fuss when our Government is preparing for the onslaught of the silver tsunamis so that we will not caught unprepared. Residents have to take note that while we are fortunate to have the void deck to hold community functions, it must also be remembered that residents have no ownership of the void deck and thus no rights to prevent any establishment of facilities for the elderly. The HDB should remain firm in their decision. It is ridiculous for residents to demand to be consulted first. Just as the saying goes, “when you give one foot, they demand one yard”!
Ironically, in the article, resident, Felex Ghui who is aged 23, failed to understand his own wordings that “the void deck is a vital part of the community life”. If it is, then why goes against the setup of the facilities for the elderly. It is being built for all of us too – the elderly and those who will also be part of the elderly in time to come!
- Chua Kim Choo