Residents welcome a cleaner Geylang
Residents in Geylang are cheering the tightening of alcohol use in the area, saying that the place has changed for the better.
Resident Toh Kok Wang, 56, said: "Sims Place is quite safe and the surrounding area has become quieter since the Little India riot."
Another resident, who wanted to be known only as Madam Cheow, said: "It's very good. The area is more peaceful now."
Ms Abdullah Hidaya, 24, who has lived in Sims Place with her family for 20 years, has no qualms about her three children's safety within the HDB estate.
She added:"We usually eat at the nearby hawker centre instead of the coffee shops as it's more convenient."
Another Sims Place resident, Madam Wang Li, said she rarely sees trouble spilling over to her block, although her two teenage children are not allowed into Geylang unaccompanied.
Her children were banned from venturing into the seedier parts of Geylang when they were younger. Her grandchildren are also forbidden from going there as she fears they may be in danger or negatively influenced.
The 40-year-old said she is uncomfortable going to Geylang, except for essential grocery shopping trips to the 24-hour Sheng Shiong Mart.
She has lived in Sims Place for nearly four decades.
Madam Ng Mei Yan, who works at the Kadhampa Buddhist Association Singapore in Lorong 15, said new members of the association can be intimidated by the area.
"Our seasoned members are fine with the area now, but for the younger devotees, the sight of streetwalkers and the red-light area can be disconcerting."
- JANELLE YONG