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A sterile Geylang is no fun

HOPPING: Geylang is a hive of activity late into the night.

When The New Paper team visited Geylang last Wednesday night, it was a hive of activity.

Lorongs were lined with bright neon lights and roadside restaurants were packed with people enjoying supper.

Some, however, expressed a growing concern with the increasing alcohol restrictions and recently proposed rezoning.

Food trader Melvin Yang, 31, said: "Geylang will become more family-friendly. It is not wrong for the area to be cleaned up, but it also shouldn't be completely sterile."

A balance should be struck, he added, especially when it would be near impossible to eradicate everything that is unique about Geylang, including its vices.

Another patron, Mr Clarence Lim, a 24-year-old events planner, said: "I think this will still be an interesting place with great food.

"I don't think it will change too much, unless you want to drink through the night."

- BASIL TING